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Brierfield - Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park

240 Furnace Parkway
205-665-1856

About the Park:

In a hollow, beside a wet weather stream that would forever after be known as Furnace Branch, a group of men calling themselves the Bibb County Iron Company built a furnace in 1862. Spurred on by the desire to make a fortune from the South's desperate need for iron for war materials, the company was soon producing, in the words of a contemporary iron founder, "the toughest and most suitable iron for making guns above any other iron in the South."

The notoriety for making superior iron so impressed Richmond that in 1863, the Confederate government purchased the ironworks and soon added a second furnace and rolling mill.

Of course, this reputation for making iron did not go unnoticed by Union authorities either. In the early morning hours of March 31, 1865, the Federal Tenth Missouri Cavalry saddled up in Montevallo and dashed to the Brierfield Ironworks. Within minutes, the works were in flames.

After the war, the former Chief of Confederate Ordnance, and future University of Alabama president, Josiah Gorgas, organized a company to repair and operate the works. But these efforts ended in failure, and from 1873 to 1880, the furnaces at Brierfield were silent.

Then, in the early 1880s, Thomas Jefferson Peter came to town. A former general manager of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, Peter had big plans and money to back them up. He made Brierfield boom. Everything was new, better or bigger, and Brierfield was called the "Magic City of Bibb County."

By the end of the decade, however, the future was not so bright. The huge metal furnaces in the new city of Birmingham could produce ten times as much iron per day as the old brick furnace at Brierfield. Peter struggled on. Finally, in the cold darkness of Christmas Eve morning, 1894, the Brierfield furnace blew out forever.



Reviews

Virginia Springer

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Very nice campground and historical day use park. Has a nice pool, several hiking paths, a gun range and historical buildings to tour. Playground equipment is very dated. Campground spaces are well shaded, spacious, fire pit, picnic table, on level gravel pads with full hookup for RV's. No reservations, first come first serve. But call during business hours and she will tell you availability. Very friendly folks. Close to Montevallo, AL.

Sandy Light

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Friday, March 9, 2018
Nature at its best. Love the history of it. So well kept

Jennifer England

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Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
This is a good place to go to get away the cabins are great and not cost a arm and leg I can't wait to go back . all cabins are handicap

Amy Neal

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Tuesday, Sep. 5, 2017
I love camping and just listening to nature. The quiet nights are amazing! Rather looking for relaxation or walking, spending time with the family for the weekend or a week this is definitely the place to be!! Friendly staff and warm welcoming campers are also a plus!!

Chanda Mitchell

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Sunday, July 23, 2017
Lovely, simple place with rich history. The Confederate ironworks have been been preserved by the construction of a large metal shed. Beautiful place to take photographs! There are a few old buildibgs, a covered bridge, a country store, a number of flat camp sites and a public swimming pool.

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