As of Thursday, March 19, the Alabama Historical Commission will act on the recommendations of public health officials and Governor Ivey to implement a plan for social distancing in response to coronavirus and COVID-19. In the interest of public health and safety, the Alabama Historical Commission's main office and select historic sites have been closed to the public since March 16, and all events and programs are cancelled until April 30. The agency will reevaluate by that time. This closure includes Pond Spring. Please note the grounds are accessible and open to the public at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you on another occasion.

Pond Spring, the General Joe Wheeler Home is located in Lawrence County in north Alabama. The 50-acre site includes 12 historic buildings, gardens, and archaeological features that date back almost 5,000 years.

The main structure on the property is the post-Civil War home of Joseph Wheeler who was a Confederate lieutenant general, a U.S. congressman, a Spanish-American War general, and only one of two generals to achieve the rank of general in the U.S. army after the Civil War. The site gets its name from the large spring-fed pond located on the grounds.

Blue Star Museum: Pond Spring proudly offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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Come experience General Joseph Wheeler's post-Civil War home, 12 historic buildings, gardens, and archaeological features.

Pond Spring is available for special events.

For more information contact the museum at 256-637-8513 or


March 28, 2020 - Miss Annie Wheeler's Plant Sale - 7:30am - 3:00pm
April 18, 2020 - Nature Walk -10:00am - 11:00am
May 30, 2020 - Decoration Day - 10:00am - 2:00pm
September 12, 2020 - General Joe Wheeler Birthday Celebration -9:00am - 3:00pm 
December 6, 2020 - Ghosts of Christmas Past - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
December 13, 2020 - Ghosts of Christmas Past - 1:00pm - 5:00pm 

Amount Ticket
$8 Adult
$5 College students, Seniors (65+), Military
$3 Child, 6-18 years
FREE Child, under 6 years
Group rates available - minimum of 10 $1 off admission. For more info call 256-637-8513
Special use coupon $1 off
Facilitiy Use (grounds and Sherrod House) $100/hour
Sherrod House meeting room $25

Pond Spring is located in Hillsboro in Lawrence County in north central Alabama. The site is three miles east of Courtland, Alabama, and about 15 miles west of Decatur on the south side of AL-20 (alternate US-72).

12280 Alabama Highway 20, Hillsboro, Alabama 35643


Site Director: Bruce Lipscombe

Museum: 256-637-8513


Media Contact: Andi Martin, 334-230-2680,