The Confederate Memorial Park in Marbury Alabama is a large site that is nestled inside pristine woodland and rolling green pastures. The museum itself is a rustic building which houses artifacts from the “Old Soldiers Home”, as well as an extensive collection of civil war period uniforms, weaponry, equipment and other ephemeral artifacts.
On site there is a cemetery and various buildings such as a church and hospital that give you an idea of how confederate soliders lived at the time of the civil war.
History aside, you get a real sense of peacefulness and serenity at the memorial park. As you enter the the gates and take the road up to the museum, it’s like a scene from the film Forest Gump, classic Alabama country landscape. If you plan on visiting I recommend Spring and Summer time as the surrounding nature is vibrant and teeming with life. Don’t forget your ice tea for authenticity.
If you want to go all out and participate in civil war skirmish battle reenactments, check out the calendar on their website for relevant dates when special events are held.
Whatever your views are on the civil war, the history of the confedarate army, and what they represented. I personally feel that history should not be erased. We shouldn’t celebrate negative aspects of it either, though it should serve as a lesson and reminder so it is never repeated. Nearby are two more civil war related sites. In Marbury there is the First White House of The Confederacy in Montgomery and the Horseshoe Bend Military Park in Daviston.
There is no charge to access the park grounds. For the museum exhibition admission is free of charge for all active military personnel and children under the age of 6. For children (18 and under) admission is $1. For students, seniors and retired forces access is $3, and for adults $4. Competitive group tour rates are available on request via the telephone number below.
The driving tours, viewpoints, river falls and general Backcountry areas can be visited during daylight. The picnic area is open from 9:00-19:00 while the visitor center and business office is open from 10:00-16:00. The office is closed for all major holidays.