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Near Marbury in Chilton County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Alabama Confederate Soldiers' Home

1902 – 1939

 
 
The Alabama Confederate Soldiers' Home Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, January 26, 2019
1. The Alabama Confederate Soldiers' Home Marker
Inscription.  This is the site of Alabama's only Confederate veterans' home. The Alabama Confederate Soldiers' Home operated for 37 years as a haven for many of Alabama's destitute Confederate veterans and their wives or widows.

Twenty two buildings once stood on this 102-acre site, providing the veterans with a less institutionalized environment than veterans' homes in some of the other states. The structures included nine cottages, the Commandant's house, an administration building known as "Memorial Hal, a mess hall, and a hospital. Elaborate water, gas, and sewage systems also served the complex.

The Soldiers' Home began operation in May 1902. It was designed to house 100 residents but reached a peak of 91 veterans and 13 wives during the years 1914-1918. Thereafter the resident population declined until the death of the last veteran in June 1934. The facility continued to house a small number of Confederate widows until the Home was officially closed on October 31, 1939.

The buildings, with the exception of the mess hall which stood until the mid 1960's, were dismantled and the care of the Home's two cemeteries transferred
The Alabama Confederate Soldiers' Home marker and museum. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, January 26, 2019
2. The Alabama Confederate Soldiers' Home marker and museum.
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to the Alabama Soil Conservation Service.

In 1964 the site of the Alabama Confederate Soldiers' Home was preserved by Act of the Alabama Legislature in the establishment of Confederate Memorial Park as,

"...a fitting shrine
to the honor of Alabama
citizens of the
Confederacy..."
Photo captions:
Bottom left: 1907 postcard. From left to right: Memorial Hall, hospital, "Camp Hardee" cottage
Top right: John S. Tucker, Co D, 29th Alabama Infantry, 1861 - John S. Tucker, Alabama Confederate Soldiers' Home, 1915
Bottom right: Jefferson Manly Falkner (top row, 6th from left holding straw hat), founder of the Alabama Confederate Soldiers' Home, with friends, family and the first three veterans to enter the Home, May 1902.

 
Erected by Confederate Memorial Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable PlacesWar, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1902.
 
Location. 32° 43.164′ N, 86° 28.392′ W. Marker is near Marbury, Alabama, in Chilton County. Marker is on County Road 63, 0.7 miles north of State Route 143, on the right when traveling north. Located within Confederate Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 437 Co Rd 63, Marbury AL 36051, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
View of marker towards flags of the Confederacy. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, January 26, 2019
3. View of marker towards flags of the Confederacy.
of this marker. Steam Locomotive Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Woven Wire Fence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Memorial Tree (about 300 feet away); Memorial Hall (about 400 feet away); Monument to Jefferson Manly Falkner (about 400 feet away); Mountain Creek Post Office (about 400 feet away); Memorial Hall Flagpole (about 400 feet away); Water Tank (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marbury.
 
Also see . . .  Confederate Memorial Park & Museum. (Submitted on January 30, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 30, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 333 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 30, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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Jul. 4, 2022