Swift-Coles Historic House
17424 Swift Coles Lane
Bon Secour AL 36511
This 1882 Tidewater Mansion is located on the Bon Secour River and was the home of the Charles Swift Family. It was purchased in 1976 by Nick Cole who restored the home to it original beauty. The property is now owned and operated by the Baldwin County Historic Development Commission. This beautiful 16 room mansion and grounds take you back in time to the twentieth century and life along the river. This 6000 sq ft home began in 1882 as a simple four-room structure in the bend of the Bon Secour River. In 1898, Charles & Susan Swift bought the house and brought their growing family here to begin a sawmill and lumber business that continues in south Alabama to this day. They built a sawmill on the river east of the house, and although it burned in 1913, their business continued to expand. Eleven of their children grew to adulthood here, and the house was enlarged in 1902 and in 1908.
In 1976, the home was purchased by Nicholas Coles. An entrepreneur and antiques collector, he made this his home until his death in 2007. Open Tuesday and Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. Last tour start at 3 pm.