The Alabama Confederate Soldiers' Home

The Alabama Confederate Soldiers' Home (HM2DYY)

Location: Verbena, AL 36091 Chilton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 43.164', W 86° 28.392'

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1902 - 1939

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 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

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.
Placed ByConfederate Memorial Park
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Date Added Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at 10:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 549366 N 3620302
Decimal Degrees32.71940000, -86.47320000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 43.164', W 86° 28.392'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 43' 9.8400000000001" N, 86° 28' 23.52" W
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Area Code(s)205
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 437 Co Rd 63, Verbena AL 36091, US
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