Over 160 years ago, import export factor Edward Kenworthy-Carlisle had a racetrack and raised fine blooded horses here. Tashery (owner of Midnight Sunshine Egyptians) is continuing the tradition with these fine Egyptian horses. Half of the proceeds of horses sold will go towards the restoration of National Historic Landmark Kenworthy-Carlisle Hall. ALABAMA’S NEWEST NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK The National Park Service designated Kenworthy Hall (a.k.a. the Carlisle-Martin House) as a National Historic Landmark on August 18, 2004.
The home, a unique asymmetrical Italianate villa, was designed by respected New York architect Richard Upjohn, modeled on the Edward King House of Newport, Rhode Island, and completed in 1860 for Edward Kenworthy Carlisle. Carlisle was prosperous plantation owner, cotton factor, and commissions merchant in Marion, Alabama, and reportedly desired a home to reflect his stature in the community. Renowned for both its unusual architectural features and a host of ghost stories, the brick mansion changed hands several times over the course of the years after Carlisle’s death in 1873. In 1967, Herber and Nell Martin purchased the home and returned it to use as a private residence. Kenworthy Hall, in Perry County, was designated as a National Historic Landmark on August 18, 2004.
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