The Crooked Creek Civil War Museum, housed in an old log cabin, is home to a host of
Civil War memorabilia.
Located on a battle site where Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and Union Colonel Abel Streight
fought for several hours at Crooked Creek. Later they engaged in the Battles of Hog Mountain and Day's Gap in
April of 1863. The Museum is part of the Forrest/ Streight Trail.
With over 40 acres of land with historical significance, a museum of rare collectibles where you can actually handle the artifacts, and a quaint bed & breakfast on the property, this attraction will ensure that you receive a remarkable history lesson coupled with fun.
Among the rare artifacts found in the Crooked Creek Civil War Museum are a 1863 cooking pot, unit insignias, an authentic 1862 Allegheny Arsenal saddle, plus other Civil War saddles. There is also a Confederate Lorenz-Jager .72 carbine modified by Indians and other weapons. You can picture how thrilled Fred Wise was as he unearthed bullets, a brass cannon ball, belt buckles and other artifacts on his property.
The entrance and gift shop are housed in the old Vinemont Stagecoach Inn, which owner, Fred Wise purchased and moved to his property years ago. Also on the property is the Mayes homestead cabin from Somerville, AL, built in the 1830s. Wise numbered each board and reconstructed the cabin after moving it to his property with hopes of turning it into a small bed and breakfast someday.
In addition to the museum, Wise has added picnic tables and covered pavilions by the creek. Following the trail that leads from the hilltop museum to the banks of the creek, visitors can see areas where Union soldiers entrenched themselves for protection from enemy fire. Some of the trenches still have rocks piled around them, stacked by the soldiers to offer further protection, according to Wise.
When the Crooked Creek Civil War Museum & Park opened in April 2006, Fred began to meet people whose relatives fought in these nearby battles. Some of these relatives have donated historic items and documents to the museum. There is a book available called; "The Lightning Mule Brigade -- Abel Streight's 1863 Raid into Alabama" that shares insight into what happened at Crooked Creek. This book includes the personal account by a Sergeant from the 3rd Ohio Union Calvary.
If you are a history freak or Civil War buff as I am, I highly recommend you visit the Crooked Creek Civil War Museum. Fred provides a personal tour of the museum and the grounds, including the bed and breakfast. As you walk around the grounds, I hope you'll take a moment as I did to appreciate the hard work and dedication Fred Wise, his family, and volunteers have put into preserving history!
Open 7 days a week from 9AM - 5PM
Crooked Creek Civil War Museum
516 County Road 1127
Vinemont, AL 35179