A Trip Back In Time, When Hospitality Was a Way of Life
The beautifully restored Bragg-Mitchell mansion in Mobile, Alabama, is a sumptuous glimpse back in time to the antebellum South. Built in 1855, the mansion features luxurious details like period furnishing and artwork.
Everything about the Bragg-Mitchell mansion is on a grand scale, including the massive double parlors and circular staircase. Touring the grounds, you will find the live oak and azaleas so prevalent in Mobile.
The History of the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion
Originally built by Judge John Bragg so his family could enjoy the social season in Mobile, the mansion was purchased by the A.S. Mitchell family, the last private owners, for $20,000 in 1931.
The Mitchell family lived in the mansion for over 30 years before the A.S. Mitchell foundation donated it to the Explore Center.
Originally slated to be an interactive science museum in the seventies, the Explore Center built a separate science museum and restored the Bragg-Mitchell to the height of its antebellum beauty so as to not destroy the historic interior. In 1972, Bragg-Mitchell Mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
New Hours for Guided Tours
When it was built in 1855, the Bragg-Mitchell mansion was the center of Mobile, Alabama’s social life. This was when Mobile, Alabama was just a small cotton port in the antebellum South and families came to town or the social season between Thanksgiving and Mardi Gras. Today, you can visit the Bragg-Mitchell mansion to receive guided tours about the history of the South, Mobile, and the mansion.
Tour hours are hosted every hour Tuesday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each tour features a guide knowledgeable about the history of both the mansion and the antebellum south. Tours start at the beginning of each hour until 4:00 p.m. The final tour of the day begins at 3:00 p.m.
The Bragg-Mitchell mansion requests that you call ahead of time to verify the schedule, as they are sometimes closed for special or private events. You can call (251) 471-6354 to verify event schedules.
Renting the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion
Southern brides looking for the perfect site for their wedding reception will be pleased to know that the Bragg-Mitchell mansion is available for rental.
If you decide to rent the Bragg-Mitchell mansion for an wedding, you receive access to the mansion’s first floor, patio and grounds for eight hours, as well as a hostess who will be on the premises for the duration of the event.
For brides, there is also a beautiful bridal suite with private powder room, gathering room, and dressing room.
There is parking at the Bragg-Mitchell mansion for one hundred vehicles, as well as space for overflow parking across the street.
The wedding reception package also comes with a bridal portrait appointment on the mansion and grounds.
Visiting the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion
Admission to the Bragg-Mitchell mansion is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children over the age of six and students. Senior citizens and AAA cardholders receive a discounted rate of $4.50. Group rates of $4.00 per person are available for groups larger than twenty people.
Both the first and second floors of the Bragg-Mitchell mansion are handicap accessible.
The mansion is located at 1906 Springhill Avenue, in Mobile, Alabama. For more information, you can contact the Bragg-Mitchell mansion at (251) 471-6364 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.