Contract pending on 'grand' Waverley Mansion

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DTL Staff
Staff Writer

A “bargain-basement” price may have been enough to attract a buyer for one of the most recognizable landmarks not just in Clay County but also in the region and state.
Waverley Mansion, the grand 8,000-square-foot showplace just a stone’s throw from the banks of the Tombigbee River in far eastern Clay County, is under contract.

The contract was signed Sunday, according to listing agent Natalie Morgan of Starkville Properties, but the details of how much or who the potential buyer is aren’t being disclosed.

“I can’t disclose anything. My clients have asked for privacy and confidentiality,” Morgan said of the pending transaction.

She said she couldn’t even reveal when it might close, any of the stipulations or when the possible buyers might go public.
 The home, which features unique matching staircases leading to the upper floors, has been on the market for well over a year, although a family member of the sellers still lives on the property and gives regular tours.

Originally listed at $2.9 million, the price for the home and 34 acres had been dropped to $1.2 million, making it much more attractive to buyers. Since putting the property on the market, the Snow family has said its goal was to find a buyer who would carry on the restoration and continue the site’s historic traditions.

The Greek Revival marvel was built in 1852 by Col. George Hampton Young and once was part of a 50,000-acre plantation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it also has the distinction of being only one of about 40 sites in the state deemed a National Historic Landmark.

But despite all its history and grandeur, the property sat vacant and decaying from 1913 to 1962 when it was rescued by Donna and Robert Snow and their family. While raising four children on the grounds, they slowly restored the home one room at a time. As their work progressed, they often entertained with Donna serving as a hostess and Robert tell stories to all who would listen.
She died in 1991 at age 67.

Robert died in 2017 at age 91, having seen the home’s reputation spread across the nation. One of the daughters, Melanie Snow continues to live on there and give tours, continuing to spread that reputation, which includes being a popular backdrop for weddings and receptions.