Wheeler Home is link to Alabama's past

Wheeler Home in Hillsboro, Alabama
Wheeler Home in Hillsboro, Alabama

HILLSBORO, AL (WAFF) - There are two homes under the wide oaks at Pond Spring in Hillsboro.  It was the property of the woman who married General Joe Wheeler, and inside is a link to Alabama's past.

"The first thing you'll see at the Wheeler Home is the formal parlor with all the original furnishings," said historical interpreter, Hollye Raines. "Here we have a portrait of the general when he was a cadet at West Point Academy from 1856 to 1859."

In fact, there are several portraits of Joe Wheeler at various stages of his life throughout the home.

"We have three medal cases on display at the Wheeler Home.  The top cases are the general's medals.  The middle cases are Joe Junior's and the bottom case, those medals belong to daughter, Annie, who was a nurse in three wars," said Raines. "We have two of the general's uniforms on display.  We have his confederate field coat and his Spanish American coat."

She said they rotate uniforms periodically.

"The dining room has a beautiful collection of china and some crystal pieces.  And while most of the silver stayed within the Wheeler family, we do have this beautiful dish," she said.

Some of the family china was hand painted by his daughters.

"Here we are in the general's wife's bedroom.  With six children in the Wheeler household, there are plenty of cribs, cradles and baby furniture."

There are so many antiques in this house, and they are all period pieces. In order to preserve them and the house, there is a humidifier that runs through the house, and it has to be between 44 and 55 percent humidity.

With no closets, wardrobes, chifferobes, and armoires stored clothing and linens.

"Upstairs in the Wheeler Home, you'll see the daughter's bedroom.  We have furniture, dresses and more family portraits," said Raines.

These rooms also give you a glimpse into the times. A wash basin is for personal hygiene long before the bathrooms were added in the early 1900's. A dressing gown looks like it's waiting to be put on. Silver brushes are engraved.

There is also an ice house, carriage house, and so much more you'll have to see for yourself in Bobby's Bama.

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