Co-Nita Manor | Perry County, AL | c. 1906
On March 4, 1862, Dr. Solon Lycurgus Coleman, Sr. enlisted as a Private into Alabama’s infantry, Company D during the Civil War. At 24 years old, he was severely wounded in the leg at Fredricksburg during battle.
But upon returning from war, he started a family with his wife, Rosa Scott Coleman. In 1874, they gave birth to their first and only child, a son named Solon Lycurgus Coleman after his father. But sadly, that same year, Dr. Coleman, Sr. would pass away at the age of 35.
Solon Lycurgus Coleman, Jr. would follow in the footsteps of his father, opting to study medicine in university. In 1896, he became the first graduate of the new pharmacy program at Auburn University, becoming the second Dr. Solon Lycurgus Coleman in the family. In 1899, he moved to Uniontown where he married his first wife, Estelle Marx, in 1901. Sadly, she died soon after in 1903.
In 1905, Dr. Solon Lycurgus Coleman, Jr. married his second wife, Willie Tisdale Hudson, and in 1906, he purchased a lot in Uniontown where he planned to build them a grand new home. Between 1906-1908, Solon oversaw the construction of this Neo-Classical home that is said to feature a ballroom that fills half of the second floor. I haven’t been able to find the reason they chose it, but the doctor took to calling his new home, Co-Nita Manor. Willie and Dr. Coleman would raise 3 children together here until 1925 when they divorced after 20 years of marriage.
In 1926, Solon married his third wife, Martha Ida McGinnis and they would have 3 more children who were also raised here at Co-Nita Manor. In 1938, Solon passed away and the house was next owned by the Brunson Family, although I haven’t been able to find more information about their time here.
Co-Nita Can’t Find A New Owner
And while the project would require a lot of work and investment, the biggest challenge might be the town itself where Co-Nita sits. Uniontown, Alabama was once a prominent town in the Black Belt (as you can see by the impressive homes built here), however, the town has faced many difficulties in recent years with spikes in crime and a dramatic decline in job opportunities.
Around 2010, restoration of the building was started but the project was never completed and since then, Co-Nita has been taken on and off the market more than once. In 2014, a listing for the home (seen here) was asking $44,900, and the most recent listing I was able to find for it (seen here), has it listed at $54,900 for the home and the 1-acre lot it sits on.
Co-Nita Manor On The National Register Of Historic Places
Co-Nita Manor was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000 as a part of the Uniontown Historic District. The National Register Application describes the architectural features of the home: “It has a central double-leaf entrance with fanlights and sidelights on both the first and second floors. The house has a full-height portico with paired Corinthian columns and the main portico with smaller Corinthian columns. Other notable features of this house are the decorative quoins and exterior corbelled chimneys. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathroomss, and is 3,381 square feet.”