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September 3, 2021


Annual Joe Wheeler Birthday Celebration set for Sept. 11 at Pond Spring

(Hillsboro, AL) – Pond Spring, the General Joe Wheeler Home, a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission, will host its annual Joe Wheeler Birthday Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 11. Gates open to the public at 9:30 a.m., with festivities beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. Admission is $10 per car, buggy or wagon load.   

The opening ceremony will include a flag raising by the VFW, the American Legion and Trail Life as well as a tribute to the victims of 9-11-2001 by Brother Steve Agee. Former newspaper reporter and editor Deangelo McDaniel will deliver a short biographical talk on Wheeler.

A Chautauqua will be presented under a Big Top tent, with all speakers, music and entertainment set in the year 1899, honoring Joe Wheeler’s 63rd birthday, Sept. 10, 1899. Visitors will learn about Wheeler’s meaningful contributions as a U.S. Congressman for the Eighth Congressional District of Alabama.

Other 1899 Chautauqua programs will include Susan B. Anthony for Women's Suffrage; Ed Kennedy just back from the Spanish American War in Cuba; a summary of the 19th century events and predictions for technology and politics in the new century; period comedy; and period music by the string band Unreconstructed. Patent medicine salesmen will make pitches between programs and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd will read newspaper articles for the edification of the public.

Visitors also can visit a number of displays, exhibits, programs, studies and entertainments set up outside the Big Top, most relating to events in the life of the Wheeler family. On the back porch of the Home, a country/oldies band, Kyote Kreek, will play throughout the day.  

Food and drink concessions will be available. Cooling stations will offer bottled water for heat relief. Public restrooms are available.

Pond Spring, the General Joe Wheeler Home, is located at 12280 AL HWY 20, Hillsboro, Alabama 35643. Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of the General Joe Wheeler Home Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) dedicated to helping the Alabama Historical Commission maintain, preserve and develop Pond Spring. 

Pond Spring, the General Joe Wheeler Home is a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission. To learn more about Pond Spring or the Alabama Historical Commission please visit


About Pond Spring, The General Joe Wheeler Home
Wheeler was a legendary Confederate general, a U.S. congressman, and a Spanish American War general. Following the Civil War, Wheeler became a national symbol for reunification and reconciliation. His 1870s home is the center point of the 50-acre historic site owned by the Historical Commission. The collection contains around 10,000 objects, furnishings, clothing, and papers associated with the family. Pond Spring, the General Joe Wheeler Home, a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission, is located in Lawrence County in Hillsboro, three miles east of Courtland, on Alabama Highway 20 (US Alt. 72). 

About the Alabama Historical Commission

Located in historic downtown Montgomery at 468 S. Perry Street, the Alabama Historical Commission is the state historic preservation agency for Alabama. The agency was created by an act of the state legislature in 1966 with a mission to protect, preserve and interpret Alabama’s historic places. AHC works to accomplish its mission through two fields of endeavor: Preservation and promotion of state-owned historic sites as public attractions; and, statewide programs to assist people, groups, towns, and cities with local preservation activities. For a complete list of programs and properties owned and operated by the AHC, hours of operation, and admission fees please visit  



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