In the 1930’s most of South Jefferson and North Shelby counties in Alabama was farmland. The farmland where the structure was first built is now known as Greystone and is the site of one of Birmingham, AL ’s most prominent developments. Blue Spring Manor, an Alabama Bed and Breakfast Inn began on one those farms as a rustic three story barn for horses and cattle. It sat along an old stagecoach trail that ran through Shelby County to Leeds, and legend has it that in the 30’s and 40’s the structure was used as a gambling hall and house of ill repute, among other things.
The property changed hands several times and in the 1980’s the David Beyer’s family purchased the land and renovated the barn to become their farmhouse residence. Mary Ann Beyer’s chose a charming primitive style of interior furnishings and was featured in Progressive Farmer on more than one occasion. Features added to the historic home by the Beyer’s family included heart pine flooring dating to the 1850’s, obtained from an old house in Birmingham, a large stone fireplace and hearth with a rustic beam mantle, pine cabinets, fourteen wooden French doors with 15 panels each, a lovely airy breezeway with brick flooring and eight fifteen pane windows lining the west side. The barn was re-born as a four-bedroom, four and a half bath home with a study and upstairs family room. Between 1993 and 1998, the house was owned by the Charlie Tickle family. When the Tickle family decided to move out of the house, and in an effort to preserve this piece of American history, the structure was dismantled. In 1998, the pieces were numbered, moved in three forty-five foot covered trailers, and reassembled on ten acres of land in Vincent, Alabama, fifteen miles south of its original location.
Ray and Doris Harris purchased the building mid-way through its reconstruction and updated it as a luxury Bed and Breakfast Inn decorated in a warm and inviting French Country decor. The stunning features added by its previous owners, such as the flooring, fireplace, and pine cabinets have been preserved while many new elegant amenities have been added in an effort to entice visitors from around the world and make their stay comfortable. The house now features eight luxurious bedrooms, private baths, whirlpool tubs, a large dining room with imported mahogany tables from India, an herb garden and courtyard for an outdoor dining experience, a year round swimming pool and hot tub, and a comfortable conference room furnished with black old English tables and high-back leather chairs for small off-site meetings.
The Blue Spring Manor property is landscaped for beauty and fun. The natural landscape has been preserved for walking and hiking. Additional features include a pitching and putting green for the golf enthusiast, a regulation size croquet lawn, manicured areas for outdoor special events such as group dinners, weddings, receptions, and parties, and a large kept meadow in the back that invites the guest to visit Blue Spring Branch. The area around the fresh spring fed creek has been improved and dotted with benches and bridges in order to enjoy the rippling of the brook year-round.