The Malbis Plantation Historic District was named to the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual Places in Peril list. The list identifies the Malbis Plantation as one of five historically significant places in the state that are under significant redevelopment pressure or facing neglect. The Places in Peril listing is used to bring public attention to the preservation of what the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation calls important pieces of the state’s heritage.
Nominations for the 2015 Places In Peril were made by local organizations wishing to preserve important historic places in their communities.
The Malbis Plantation Historic District is is located less than a half-mile south of I-10 on Alabama 181 at US 90. The plantation is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Alabama Register of Landmarks.
“The plantation encompasses one of the largest and best preserved collections of agricultural buildings in Baldwin County, and perhaps in the state,” a release from the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation said. “Twenty-six buildings remain from this commercial complex, with the architectural crown jewels being the Big House (1906), the Tampary-Simmons House (1928), the Greek Orthodox Malbis Memorial Church (1965), and the Malbis Cemetery located south of the church.
“Malbis Plantation is unique to Greek-American history, serving as one few examples of Greeks choosing to establish themselves in an agrarian community in the south. Locally, Malbis Plantation is an example of a common settlement pattern among immigrants pursuing agriculture and livestock in central and south Baldwin County in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.”
The plantation has been the center of a handful of development battles in the last few years with chain drug stores, townhomes and fast food restaurants seeking to develop in the area. As the city of Daphne continues to grow east, the plantation will likely be the site of future development battles.
For more information about the preservation of the Malbis Plantation, Inc. call 251-626-3050, or the Baldwin County Historical Society at 251-626-9746.
The complete Places in Peril list is as follows: Malbis Plantation in Daphne; Braxton Bragg Comer Bridge in Scottsboro, Forney Hall in Jacksonville, Sadler House and Sadler Cemetery in McCalla, and Montgomery Theater/Webber Building in Montgomery.