The house is located at the exact site of the Battle of Marianna during the Civil War. In the street just in front of the house is where the small, valiant home guard consisting of teenagers and elderly men defended their community from a troop of Union regulars dispatched from Pensacola. Their mission was to reduce the continuing support the Panhandle area was providing the Southern cause.

The battle ended with the Union force burning the Episcopal Church located at the East end of the block, as a reprisal after a fourteen year old defender shot one of the officers off his mount. Legend has it that a miracle happened when the only item to survive this fire was the church cross.

A tour of the church cemetery helps you relive this event. You can identify many graves from the Civil War era. This cemetery also houses the grave site of Governor John Milton of Marianna, who was the Governor of Florida during the turbulent Civil War years.

A complete account of the Battle of Marianna is available for your reading enjoyment while you stay with us.




The Hinson House was built in 1922 by J.W. Hinson, who was the owner of the town mule barn, a banker, and land owner. His mule barn was located on the west end of Lafayette St., on the top of the hill just before Highway #73 branches off towards Dothan. During the years around the turn of the century, the mule was a necessity on the family farms of the area. Mr. Hinson would travel to St. Louis to buy mules for resale to area farmers.

Mrs. Hinson (Sadie) wanted to have a house on fashionable Lafayette Street, where many of the town socialites lived. Mr.Hinson persuaded the Crigler family to sell them the existing lot for the purpose of building Sadie her house.

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