A Mountain Top Time Capsule
Commanding views are the words to describe Burrit on the Mountain. Sighted on 167 acres, trails wind through deep green forests that surround the Burrit mansion. A Huntsville native Dr. William Henry Burrit a homeopathic physician built this beautiful Greek Roman inspired mansion starting in 1934. On June 6th 1936 the day he was to move in the mansion burned. Not to be deterred Dr. Burrit rebuilt the estate. A slightly eccentric yet brilliant and unique individual, he spent a good portion of his life inventing, holding patents, and investing in logging and mining. This is also reflected in his home. You’ll find a Moose head hanging in the kitchen and state of the art (for the period) speakers just beyond the main entryway. He also loved to entertain and show his home to visitors sharing stories of his worldly travels. Dr. Burrit would live his remaining years at the estate with the help of his staff. Seeing such rapid changes in Huntsville Dr. Burrit concerned with the loss of woodlands and habitat, donated the estate to the city of Huntsville to create it’s first museum and second largest park. Volunteers are key at the estate. Many of the historic buildings have been restored as have the gardens. Being way up on this mountain, you could easily miss this time capsule, but hopefully when visiting, you’ll take the time to explore this very special and interesting hidden gem. Photography Kurt Winner.
By Kurt Winner
3101 Burritt Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA
Sun 12pm - 5pm
Tue - Sat 9am - 5pm