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Founded in 1906 by Greek immigrants, the Malbis Plantation in Baldwin County, Alabama, was one of the most successful communes in America. Greek was the everyday language; the Greek Orthodox faith was strictly observed. Together the colonists carved a natural paradise out of the wilderness, living as one family without marriage or children.  In the 1950s a group of new immigrants were brought over to continue their work.  But unable to accept the strict morality and communal lifestyle of the older generation, one by one the new immigrants drifted away.  In the 1960s as the building of nearby shopping centers and housing developments evoked a new America, the last colonists pooled their resources.  Adjacent to the cemetery where one by one they were laid to rest, they built a Greek Orthodox masterpiece that ranks as one of the most beautiful churches in America.  
       
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