The Holmes Medical Museum is located on the site of the first hospital in Baldwin
County, the Sibley Holmes
Memorial Hospital, in downtown Foley, Alabama. The hospital served the area from 1936 to 1958, when South
Baldwin Regional Medical Center opened in Foley. Both hospital and doctor offices are located on the second
floor. Dr. Sibley Holmes and his son, William C. Holmes practiced there. The ground floor of the museum was
previously occupied at different times by a grocery store, phone company office, a 5-and-10-cent store and
Wright's Drug Store.
In addition to Sibley Holmes serving as the town doctor and surgeon, he was Foley mayor from 1930 to 1933 and an Alabama state senator in the 1920s. It was Dr Sibley's dream to have a hospital in Baldwin County. He did not live to see the this happen, but his son and daughter-in-law were able to make it happen.
Dr. William C. Holmes, often referred to as Dr. Buddy, operated the hospital along with his wife, Philomene, who was a nurse. Philomene assisted in all aspects of running the hospital, from delivering babies to taking x-rays and keeping the patients ledgers. Philomene ran the hospital several years during WWII, while the doctor was away at war.
Many of the items on display in the museum are the original medical artifacts including surgical instruments, operating room machinery and a human skeleton. The interior of the museum is practically unchanged from the time it served as the area's first hospital.
Mon - Sat 10am - 2pm
Holmes Medical Museum
111 W. Laurel Ave
Foley, Alabama 36535