African-American History; Florence, AL; Lauderdale County; AL; Historic Houses
Sweetwater plantation was built between 1828 and 1835 and it was inherited by Patton family. As working plantation, Sweetwater had many slaves; however, Sweetwater hold a place in African-American history, not just for its leave history, but also for the endearment many former slaves held for the patent family. There are numerous legends surrounding slaves of Sweetwater plantation.
Ashley Pentecost, University of North Alabama
University of North Alabama archives
Alabama cultural resource survey