The photograph is one of over sixteen thousand created or collected by Frank G. Carpenter and his daughter Frances to illustrate his geography textbooks and popular travel books.
The Redlands estate is at Carter’s Bridge, near Charlottesville, Virginia. All photos here taken in 1933, by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Redlands is one of many Virginia houses associated with the descendants of Robert “King” Carter. It is still owned by members of the Carter family and is open to the public during Historic Garden Week in the spring.
What a great old gate at Bluff Hall, Demopolis, Alabama, in 1936. I love the fat finials.
The playwright Lillian Hellman may have passed through this gate in the first decades of the 20th century. Her mother’s family was from Demopolis, and she visited there as a child. She later used the town as inspiration for the setting of The Little Foxes. Lionnet is said to have been based on Bluff Hall and another local mansion.
Today the house is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open to the public as a museum.
Photo: by Alex Bush for the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.