Pond Spring - General Joe Wheeler Home

Located near Courtland, Pond Spring was home to Joseph Wheeler, former Major General of Cavalry of the Confederate western army, a U.S. congressman, and a Spanish-American War general.  Tour the 50-acre site and home which contains the General’s and his family’s memorabilia and furnishings, all original to the home they built and occupied from 1868 through the 1950s.

Following the Civil War, Wheeler became a national symbol for reunification and reconciliation. Wheeler's daughter, Miss Annie Wheeler, served in three wars as a Red Cross nurse.

The 50-acre site includes a dogtrot log house built around 1818, a circa 1830 Federal-style house, the 1870s Wheeler house, eight farm-related outbuildings, two family cemeteries, an African-American cemetery, a small Indian mound, a pond, a boxwood garden, and other garden areas.

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Latitude: 34.652009 Longitude: -87.248132 Elevation: 601 ft
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Hours Open

Wednesday - Saturday, 9am - 4pm and Sunday, 1pm - 5pm. Closed for lunch from 12pm to 1pm.

Time Period Represented

1868-1955

Seasons Open

Open year-round. Closed Monday, Tuesday, and State holidays.

Visitor Fees

Adults $8 / Students, seniors 65+, military with ID $5 / Children 6-18 years old $3 / Children under 6 free

How to Get There

The site is located in Lawrence County in Hillsboro, three miles east of Courtland, adjacent to Alabama Highway 20 (US Alt. 72).

 

Drive time approx. 23 miles and 30 mins from Interstate I-65 N 

1. Head north on I-65 N 
2. Take exit 340 for AL-20 W toward Decatur 
3. Continue on the ramp and merge onto AL-20 W/US-72Alt W 
4. Continue onto AL-20 W 
5. Turn right onto AL-20 W/US-72Alt W/Wilson St NE
6. Continue to follow AL-20 W/US-72Alt W for approx. 16.4 mi 
7. Turn left onto Co Rd 377 (this is not a regular left turn lane, caution advised)


Pond Spring/Joe Wheeler Home will be on the right.


From I-65 S

1. Head south on I-65 S 
2. Take exit 340A to merge onto AL-20 W/US-72Alt W toward Decatur
3. Continue onto AL-20 W 
4. Turn right onto AL-20 W/US-72Alt W/Wilson St NE
5. Continue to follow AL-20 W/US-72Alt W for approx. 16.4 mi 
6. Turn left onto Co Rd 377 (this is not a regular left turn lane, caution advised)

Pond Spring/Joe Wheeler Home will be on the right.

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