“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Verbena in Chilton County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Verbena, Alabama

Verbena Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2013
1. Verbena Alabama Marker
Inscription. The only community in the U.S. so designated, Verbena was named for the profuse wild flowers growing in the area. Settlers arrived in the area as early as 1832. Completion of the North-South Railroad and a train depot at Verbena in 1870 enabled Montgomery citizens to escape yellow fever epidemics, the worst being in 1873. Because of the healthier climate, many prominent citizens built summer homes here and the village grew to include two hotels, doctor's offices, a bank, general stores, mineral springs, and more. Sidney Lanier, a great Southern poet, is reputed to have written “Into the Woods” while camping on the banks of nearby Chestnut Creek which is also known for its gold mines. By 1900, Dr. Walter Reed's Commission succeeded in eradicating yellow fever and the population dwindled, but the village remains and some of the beautiful homes and a church building erected in 1876 are still in use. Verbena was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the Verbena Historical Society.
Location. 32° 45.163′ N, 86° 30.732′ W. Marker is in Verbena, Alabama, in Chilton County. Marker is on County Road 59 0.1 miles south of U.S. 31, on the right
Verbena United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Xptwo, circa 2012
2. Verbena United Methodist Church
when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8315 County Road 59, Verbena AL 36091, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mitchell Dam (approx. 5.3 miles away); Walnut Creek United Methodist Church (approx. 8.7 miles away); City of Clanton (approx. 9.1 miles away); Chilton County Training School 1924-1969 (approx. 10.3 miles away); Holtville School (approx. 13 miles away); Old Kingston Historical Cemetery (approx. 13.7 miles away); Scandinavian Cemetery (approx. 15.9 miles away); Thorsby Remembers Our Veterans (approx. 16.2 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 572 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 1, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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