OK, I will admit it, this is another one of those places I have heard about,
went out of my way to visit till now. As I travel up and down
Interstate 65 between Montgomery, Alabama and Birmingham, I have seen the
sign "Confederate Soldiers' Home" for years. We were on our way back from Ohio
after enjoying the "Longest Yard Sale" when I finally
decided to stop and see what
this place was all about. As usual, we enjoyed the visit and regret waiting so long to
The Confederate Memorial Park, in Marbury, Alabama, is the site of the Alabama Confederate Soldiers Home, the only official home for former soldiers of the Confederate States of America in the State of Alabama. The Home was founded in 1901 by former Confederate veteran Jefferson Manly Falkner, a lawyer from Montgomery, Alabama. He wished to provide a home for former Confederate veterans and their wives and widows who could no longer support themselves even with pensions.
Originally, the wives had to have their Confederate husbands be alive and living at the homes, but in 1915 the rules were changed to permit widows. He donated 80 acres of land in 1902 for the purpose of housing such residents in Mountain Creek, a summer resort area. The State of Alabama took control of the operations at the home in 1903.
The home included a small hospital, a dairy barn, mess hall, and nineteen domiciles, with a then-modern sewage systems. At its height between 1914 and 1918, 91 veterans and nineteen widows of such veterans lived at the home. A total of 650-800 individuals lived at the home at one time or another, most from Alabama, but some had lived in other states during the war, and came to Alabama after the war. The last veteran in the home died in 1934. When the home closed in 1939, the five widows left at the home moved south to a home in Montgomery, where they could receive better care.
The Marbury Methodist Church (c.1885), where a number of Soldiers' Home inmates were members, and the Mountain Creek Post Office (c.1900), where most Soldiers' Home inmates would visit daily, are also part of the park. Both buildings were moved to the site from their original locations nearby in order to save them.
In addition, the park offers a Confederate research library for study of the period as well as a full-scale replica of a Civil War barracks which houses our living history soldiers for scheduled events. The museum artifact displays, interpretive panels and interactive media stations allow visitors to fully comprehend the history of the Alabama Confederate veteran and in particular, the history of the Alabama Confederate Soldiers' Home.
In conjunction with this, the driving and especially the walking tours allow visitors to experience the site of the Soldiers' Home including visiting the two cemeteries containing 313 graves of Confederate veterans who lived at the Home and whose stories are detailed in the museum.
Park Operation: 6am - Dark Daily
Museum: 9am - 5pm Daily; Closed State & Federal holidays
Fees Park is FREE; Admission fees for Museum
Confederate Memorial Park
437 County Rd 63
Marbury, Alabama 36051