The Meals House @ Burritt on the Mountain
A saddlebag house is characterized by a central chimney that is shared by two rooms. Often built in two stages, this house type has ancient Scotch-Irish origins. It is usually associated with the settlement period in north Alabama (1810-1830), although some continued to be built until the middle-19th Century. In 1845, Limestone County farmer James A. Meals (1818-1893) purchased 80 acres of land near present-day Lester, Alabama. On that land he built a substantial one-room log house with an outside chimney. Soon afterward he hired an itinerant carpenter to add a second room on the chimney side of the house, creating a "saddlebag" effect.