Malbis lies at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 90 and Alabama State Route 181
just south of
Interstate 10. Portions of the settlement are today within the
city limits of Daphne. The incorporated city of Loxley lies to the east and
Spanish Fort to the north.
Known originally as the Malbis Plantation, the settlement was begun in 1906 by founder Jason Malbis, a Greek philanthropist. He came to the United States to investigate the condition of fellow Greeks who had immigrated to the US. He changed his name to Jason Malbis and came south.
While traveling through Alabama, Malbis became enamored with Baldwin County and purchased the land that would become the Greek colony. The community was populated for many years mostly by those with either secular or religious Greek heritage. The Malbis Memorial Church, a Greek Orthodox Church was built by the settlers in honor of Jason Malbis and still stands today.
Although not part of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, it is one of only roughly six Greek Orthodox churches in the state of Alabama. It is known for its intricate and extensive mosaics and paintings. Officially dedicated on January 3, 1965, the opening service for the church was conducted by Archbishop Lakovos of America. It has never had an active congregation, but religious observances, special services, and events, such as weddings, do take place. It was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on November 30, 1977.
The Malbis Plantation Historic District, which includes the church, was designated by the Alabama Historical Commission in 2008, a year that also saw the death of the last of Malbis Plantation's original Greek settlers.
The community once included a bakery, an ice plant, a plant nursery and many acres of farmland. During the peak of the colony's success its economy was largely based upon providing table food to nearby Mobile, Alabama. Today much of the land has been sold for commercial development, including a 500-acre soybean field that is today covered by a large retail shopping mall.