Finch's Landing stands as a relic of the Old South. It is a former plantation, twenty miles from Maycomb, on the banks of the Alabama River. It was once a flourishing cotton plantation begun by Simon Finch of Cornwall, England, and maintained by the male descendants of his family. The...
Finch's Landing stands as a relic of the Old South. It is a former plantation, twenty miles from Maycomb, on the banks of the Alabama River. It was once a flourishing cotton plantation begun by Simon Finch of Cornwall, England, and maintained by the male descendants of his family. The end of this prosperity came, as it did to so many other plantations, with the Civil War. After this, Simon's relatives were left with only the land and the large, rambling house located at the end of a two-rut road.
The white house has two stories with verandas that circle it upstairs and downstairs, in the style of many a plantation home, but that is all that is similar to others homes of that style. Inside, Simon Finch had the daughters' bedrooms arranged so that they could only be reached by one staircase, which began in the bedroom of their parents. In this way Simon always was aware of the coming and going of his daughters in the evenings. Remnants of slavery remain, as the kitchen is separated from the rest of the house by a wooden catwalk, and an old bell used to summon slaves or ring as a distress signal still stands on a pole.
Whereas Atticus and his brother Jack have left this residence for independent lives in respected professions, their sister Alexandra remains at the old residence with a "taciturn man" who lies around in a hammock and does little more than watch his fishing lines. In this Old South environment, Alexandra remains a firm believer in tradition as evinced by her continuing to live in the old home and her insistence upon maintaining old traditions. Having never completely separated herself from the old world of the South as her brothers have, Aunt Alexandra maintains certain views that collide with those of the more progressive Atticus.