This cute little cottage located in the historic district of Pensacola has some unique history behind it. It was constructed back in 1805 and today it has been named for its owner during the era, Julee Panton, a free woman of color.
The cottage is said to show architectural characteristics of a buildings seen in New Orleans at the time. The cottage has a Creole design to it which resembles the significance behind Ms. Panton’s ownership of the residence.
Ms. Panton purchased the cottage for $300 in the early 1800s with a little bit of land. She lived at the residence and was known for her skill in making candles and pastries. She would sell these goods as a means of income.
Julee hoped for more people of color to be able to own land and in 1809, she sold a portion of her lot to another freed woman by the name of Angelica for $41.50. Francisco Casini was a freed Mulatto man who purchased another portion of the lot for $212.00.
It was rumor at the time that Julee worked to purchase the freedom of slaves. She then helped them get a new start in the African community of Pensacola.
Although the cottage was not always located in downtown, the home was saved and moved to the area to serve as an exhibit.
Inside visitors can learn about life as African Americans would have experienced during post Reconstruction era.
To visit Julee Cottage please visit http://historicpensacola.org/plan-your-visit/museums-properties/julee-cottage/
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