The Alabama Historical Commission is carrying on the tradition of hosting a birthday celebration for General Joe Wheeler at Pond Spring on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The festivities include Civil War re-enactments sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a sampling of the general’s favorite cake with free Pepsi products while supplies last, a showcase of skills and crafts by various folk artists, and an exhibit by the Tennessee Valley Beekeepers Association. 

A live music performance will begin on the front porch of the Wheeler home at noon. Although the grounds are open to the public for free, lunch will be available for purchase from Copperhead Road Barbecue & Such, a Lawrence County food truck. 

Tours of the museum inside the home will also be available starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until the end of the celebration at 3 p.m. Tickets for the tours start at $8 for adults; admission for seniors, college students and members of the military is $5, for children ages six to eighteen years old is $3 and is free for children under six.

Pond Spring is located on Alabama Highway 20 near Hillsboro. For more information contact Site Director Kara Long at 256-637-8513.

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