POND SPRING – The Alabama Historical Commission (AHC) and Pond Spring: the Home of General Joe Wheeler invite you to a celebration of heritage, culture, and cars. The historic Wheeler home will host the annual General Joe Wheeler’s Birthday Celebration on Saturday, September 14 from 9am-3pm. Site Director, Bruce Lipscombe, has partnered with a number of local organizations to create a full festive atmosphere in honor of what would have been the General’s 183rd birthday.
This year’s soirée comes with a few new surprises, including a classic car show sponsored by the Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department. Registration for the car show is $15 per vehicle entered and begins at 8am on site.
Patrons will also be treated to a Dulcimer concert by the Sweet Tones, birthday cake from a Wheeler family recipe (sponsored by the United Daughters of the Confederacy), watermelon (sponsored by Lawrence County Historic Society), flag exhibit presentation, and ongoing house tours, camp reenactment, food, drinks (sponsored by Pepsi), and continuous blacksmith exhibitions.
What birthday isn’t complete without a little artillery? General Joe’s celebration will be one heard around the county as it will be accentuated with cannon fire. Ongoing demonstrations will occur courtesy of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans McBride Camp, who sponsor the battery’s presence at the event.
Another featured element for the day includes a sign dedication for new interpretive panels made possible by a grant from Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area.
Entrance to the grounds to view the reenactment, the concert, cake (while it lasts), and Pepsi products are free. Admission to the Wheeler House is $8 adults, $5 seniors/college students/military, $3 children 6-18, and free for children under 6. Tours of the lavish Victorian-era home will be offered from 9am-3pm.