The town of Canehill, first named Boones-boro and then Cane Hill, was formed by an early group of homesteaders who came up the Arkansas River. E. White McClellan, who inherited his family’s sizable acreage south of the village, began building his plantation house in the image of houses he remembered from his childhood in Alabama. Although planned just before the Civil War, construction of the house was delayed by the conflict. The house, five bays wide, enjoys the generous dimensions and Greek Revival styling common to antebellum plantation houses in Georgia and Alabama, seen here in the central two-story front porch with a pediment and the pedimented gable ends. The house has a central hall and eight bedrooms, all with fireplaces with oak mantels, and exterior end chimneys.
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