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The Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion presents an immersive experience of the rich history of early Southern life to diverse audiences—with special emphasis on its founding family and Tuscaloosa history—through the preservation and interpretation of historic objects, structures, and landscapes.


Built in 1862, this illustrious Italianate home was the residence of Senator Robert Jemison Jr. and his descendants for generations. Following the Great Depression, the mansion served the city as a public library, a publication office, and now operates as a historical museum for the education and benefit of both Tuscaloosa natives and the city's many visitors.



The Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion Foundation was formed in 1992 to restore the home to its original splendor for use as a historical museum and local landmark. Today, the Foundation continues its restoration goals in partnership with Historic Tuscaloosa, who manages the daily functions of the home, its museum, and its events.

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