Janney Furnace was built by Montgomery manufacturer, Alfred A. Janney, in 1863 and 1864
to produce pig iron during the
Civil War for the Confederate States of America. The 35 foot high furnace was constructed with the labor of about 200
slaves, with sandstone for construction quarried in the area. The hills around the furnace are filled with the much needed pig iron.
The furnace was still under construction when it was almost completely destroyed by Union troops commanded by General Rousseau in July 1864.
The Calhoun County Confederate Memorial is located at Janney Furnace and was erected by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, General George 'Tige' Anderson Camp # 453 of Anniston, Alabama, on June 1, 2003.
The Confederate Memorial is the largest black granite Confederate Memorial in the world. The center wall contains the names of 908 men from Calhoun County, Alabama, who died while in service for the Confederate States of America.
The left Memorial (The General Lee) contains those Calhoun County men who served and survived the war and whose last names begin with 'A' through 'K'. The right Memorial (The 'Gallant' Pelham), featuring the picture of Gen. John Pelham, Calhoun County native, contains those Calhoun County men who served and survived the war and whose last names begin with 'L' through 'Z'.
The Confederate Museum and Native American Museum house over 150 War Between the States memorabilia and over 500 American Indian artifacts from the surrounding area.
Admission is FREE.
Highway 77 North, turn east onto Highway 144
Janney Furnace and the Confederate Memorial is open for viewing all the time.
Operation of Museum:
10am to 5pm, Monday through Friday
1pm to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday
145 Janney Rd.
Ohatchee, Alabama 36202