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After an extensive restoration over the past decade, the historic home of General Joe Wheeler, has reopened to the public and is available for visitors and tours. The historic museum features the General’s and his family’s memorabilia and furnishings, all original to the home they built and occupied from 1868 through the 1950s.
Located near Courtland, Alabama, Pond Spring was home to Joseph Wheeler, a famed Civil War cavalry general in the Confederate Army. After the war he served in the U.S. Congress and became a national symbol for reunification between the North and South. He served in the U.S. Army in the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War. The state-owned landmark had been closed for over a decade while the Alabama Historical Commission undertook an extensive restoration of the house and its belongings.
Along with the home, the 50-acre site, known as Pond Spring, includes a dogtrot log house built around 1818, a circa 1830 Federal-style house, the Wheeler home, eight farm-related outbuildings, family cemeteries, an African-American cemetery, a small Indian mound, a pond, a boxwood garden, and other garden areas.
Admission is $8 for adults; $5 for seniors 65+, military, and college students; $3 for children 6-18 years old; and free for children under 6 years old. Reduced admission rates for groups of ten or more with advance reservations are available upon request. Pond Spring is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Hours of operation are Wednesday–Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Pond Spring is located at 12280 Alabama Highway 20 in Hillsboro. For more information, visit wheelerplantation.org or call 256.637.8513.