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Tolstoy Park, Fairhope

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Tolstoy Park is a historic residence in Montrose, Alabama. The house was built by Henry Stuart, an Englishman who had emigrated to the United States as a child. Stuart was living in Nampa, Idaho, when he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and advised to move to a warmer climate to live out his days. In 1923, he purchased 10 acres outside Fairhope, Alabama, which he named Tolstoy Park.Stuart began building a circular, domed hut in 1925, pouring each concrete block himself. Construction was completed in less than a year, although delayed by a hurricane in September 1926. The house is about 14 feet in diameter and sunk 2 feet into the ground. Six top-hinged windows circle the building, and there were two skylights in the roof that are now permanently closed. Stuart sought to live a simple life, growing much of his own food and weaving rugs on a loom he brought from Idaho. He kept a guestbook for visitors to sign; notably, lawyer Clarence Darrow visited the hut six times. Stuart left Alabama in 1944, moving to Oregon to live with his son, where he died in 1946.Today, the hut and a large oak tree are all that remain of Stuart's estate; a parking lot for a real estate office surrounds the hut. A novel based on Stuart's life, The Poet of Tolstoy Park, was published in 2005. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
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  • This is a round well like dwelling where an actual person called the poet of Tolstoy park lived. He built a round well like structure that helped him survive hurricanes that occasionally came through ...  more »
  • The book is The Poet of Tolstoy Park. It is a historical novel as evidenced by this real house/hut described in the book. There are pictures of the real Henry Stuart inside the hut. Admittedly it is n...  more »

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