The original home was built in 1882 by Thomas Gavin as a 4-room cabin. Charles & Susan Swift purchased the cabin in 1898 and moved in with their eight children in 1900. As the family grew, they added the west wing and then the entire upstairs by 1910, making it a total of 6000 sq ft home with 3000 sq ft of porches. Nik Coles bought the home in 1976 and during his many years in residence, filled it with numerous antiques from around the world. Before his death in 2007, he bequeathed the home to the Baldwin County Historic Development Commission. The home is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Non-Profit organization.
VOLUNTEERS OF ALL KINDS NEEDED
Tuesdays and Fridays
10:00am - 3:00 pm
Admission is $10
Private Tours for groups of 20 or more
by appointment only.
We have plenty of room on our 5 acres for lawn games & tents for your
Company Picnic or Family Reunion.
We are also a
Wedding & Reception Venue.
Courtesy of Tommy Rachel
in his hot air balloon.
Step back in time at our circa 1882 home on 5 beautiful acres with large Magnolias and 150 year old Live Oak Trees. We are only minutes from the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, AL.
Please email me for details.
or text our event coordinator 251.978.0655
Use your imagination to design your dream wedding. Almost anything goes. Lights in the trees, horse drawn cart or your family pet as ring bearer. Rustic Country to Elegant & Historic. Live music under the starts, in a tent or from one of our large porches. It's all up to you.
You will have all day to set-up outside and up to 8 hours access to inside the home - Brides' room for dressing & Kitchen for your caterer. You can remove decorations the day after. Tents, chairs, etc. (rental items) can be delivered on Friday and picked up on Monday.
These are the men and women that
love history, antiques, storytelling,
and most of all the love the
Swift-Coles Historic Home.
Our Docents wear vintage style clothing and participate in our Special Events throughout the year.
Volunteers are always needed.
If interested in volunteering please
email or call us.
You can assist with your financial support to preserve this circa 1882 bit of
Baldwin County history.
All donations are tax-deductible.
Friends Members get
FREE admission for one full year
Special Events for half price.
Receive the Friends Member Newsletter via internet. 2-3 issues per year of
Patrons and Sponsors of $1000 or
more per year will be listed on the
website. This is tax-deductible.
Mail check to :
Friends of Swift-Coles
PO Box 89
Bon Secour, AL 36511
The Friends of Swift-Coles Historic Home is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization chartered under an Alabama State Constitution to support and preserve the Swift-Coles Historic Home.