Sadler I Owen I McAdory
We are extremely grateful for our partnership with the boys, adult leaders, and parents from Boy Scout Troop #2, which is sponsored by the Helena Kiwanis Club. We have been selected as the Eagle Project benefactor for four Eagle projects. These boys have done an outstanding job of researching, planning, and executing on their respective projects. Click on the Photos page or check our Facebook page for a lot more photos.
This storage house is built to scale and in the style of what grain houses were built in the early 1800s. The wood about mid-way up on the left side is the shade the wood all over will turn as it ages.
An outhouse was typically reserved for the more affluent in the early 1800s. This is a single version. A property owner might have one with a star on the door and the other a moon to indicate male and female.
Our split rail fence had given in to time and weather. Securing age-appropriate wood was a big challenge. It is period correct, however. The braces shown here were removed after a few days.
With the exception of the floor (which was chosen because of low maintenance/high durability), this wedding arbor is the type that you would likely find with the affluent of the day.
WJCHS has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic as we all have. Our fundraising capabilities have been extremely limited during this time. So, we need your help. We are proud of the contributions these three pioneer families made to the formation of the McCalla community. We invite you to join us as we strive to keep the history of these pioneers of west Jefferson County alive. No matter large or small, 100% of your donation is used to help keep history alive and is 100% tax deductible as WJCHS is a 501c3 organization. Whether you are a long-time friend or this is your first year with us, you are appreciated. We are grateful to serve west Jefferson County and we are grateful to have you join us.
Thank you for helping us keep history alive! We look forward to seeing you soon!!
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April 13, 2020 - Thanks to a generous grant from the Alabama Historical Commission, we are pleased to announce that work has begun on Owen House getting a much needed facelift. The work includes the house being scraped and pressure-washed, rotten boards being replaced, windows being scraped and painted and the entire house receiving a fresh coat of bright white paint. The Owen House work is expected to be completed within the next 30 days, weather permitting.
Connie Grund, Chairman of the Owen House, and Bob Beaver, President of the WJCHS, stated, "We are thrilled and so very grateful that the Alabama Historical Commission approved such a generous grant for us. Without them, we simply could not have done this much needed work so that Owen House can continue to be preserved and the rich history of this pioneer family can continue to be told."
Visit the Alabama Historical Commission at www.ahc.alabama.gov to learn more about the invaluable services and programs they offer to assist in preserving Alabama's rich history. The AHC also provided a grant in 2019 to replace the roof on Sadler House. Words cannot accurately describe the depth of our gratitude to them and the support they have provided to the WJCHS.
The work is being done by Seal-Tite Roofing and Windows (www.sealtiteonline.com). Seal-Tite, also replaced the roof on Sadler House. They have become a valued partner to WJCHS and their outstanding work is greatly appreciated.
The gallery below shows the "before" pictures of Owen House and where some progress has been made. We will post additional photos as the project progresses.
October 25, 2019 - WJCHS is now registered with Amazon through the Amazon Smile program. If you will use the Amazon smile program when you purchase from Amazon on your web browser and designate West Jefferson County historical society as your chosen charity, Amazon will donate .5% of your purchases to us for the upkeep of these three historical homes. You have to name your beneficiary only the first time you use it. From then on, it's automatic. Just remember, though, you must make your purchase at www.smile.amazon.com. The regular Amazon site will not give us credit for your purchase.
Thank you all for helping us keep history alive!
August 23, 2019 - You people absolutely rock!!! Thanks to you, we are just about $2,000 from our overall goal! A special shout-out to Jim Hoffine at Seal-Tite Roofing because thanks to him working with us, Sadler House has a new roof!!! After seeing the roof, Jim realized the sense of urgency to get the roof and appreciated the rich history that Sadler holds. So, he went ahead and put the new roof on with us not having the full amount yet. You won't find too many people who would be willing to make such a commitment to a non-profit, but Jim did and we are very grateful to have run into him.
So, if you are considering a new roof, replacing windows, or a number of other services, give Jim a call or check out his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Seal-Tite-162471943804220/) or his web site (https://www.sealtiteonline.com/). He does fantastic work. I stopped by Sadler yesterday and I couldn't be more pleased! Go by and take a look if you are in the area. I am posting some pictures with this, but they really don't do it justice.
Thank you again to Jim and especially to all of you who have donated to help this project come to reality. But remember... we aren't finished yet. We still need $2,200 before we can pay Jim in full. So, if you meant to donate and haven't, we still need your help.
I am honored and privileged to serve this great organization. Be sure to check out the pictures!
With Deepest Gratitude,
Bob Beaver, President
West Jefferson County Historical Society
June 1, 2019 - Friends, we need your help. Some of you are aware that Sadler House must have a new roof. The best price we have gotten for a roof that will have an 1800s look and will last is a little over $29,000. We are currently $8,000 short.
We have just over 4,000 followers of our Facebook page. If each of us were to donate $2, we have enough to put the roof on Sadler. If we each donate $4, we have enough to put the roof on Sadler and paint Owen. If we all donate $6, we can roof Sadler and paint and put windows on Owen. And if we all donate just $10 each, we can roof Sadler, paint and put windows on Owen, and put windows in and repair the roof on McAdory. All of these projects are drastically needed. The Sadler roof is just the most dire need.
Of course, with us being a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization as determined by the United States Internal Revenue Service, your donation is tax deductible. You may donate via PayPal by using the donate button on our home page or you can mail your check to:
West Jefferson County Historical Society
P. O. Box 184
Bessemer, AL 35021
Thank you in advance for your consideration and for your support.