Verbena, Alabama

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Verbena, Alabama
Unincorporated community
Verbena, Alabama is located in Alabama
Verbena, Alabama
Verbena, Alabama
Location within the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 32°45′10″N 86°30′43″W / 32.75278°N 86.51194°W / 32.75278; -86.51194Coordinates: 32°45′10″N 86°30′43″W / 32.75278°N 86.51194°W / 32.75278; -86.51194
Country United States
State Alabama
County Chilton
Elevation 482 ft (147 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 205
GNIS feature ID 153838[1]
Verbena
Hornady House Verbena July 2011 1.jpg
Summerfield, one of several early houses in Verbena
Built 1873
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 76002238[2]
Added to NRHP January 19, 1976

Verbena, also known as Summerfield, is an unincorporated community in southeastern Chilton County, Alabama, United States. Named for the indigenous flower, Verbena developed into a popular resort location for the more affluent citizenry of Montgomery, the state's capital, during the yellow fever outbreaks of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many stately homes, some of which have undergone recent renovation and restoration, line the streets of the town as a reminder of this historic past.

The town was built beside the railroad currently owned by CSX Transportation. In its heyday, Verbena had two hotels, a bank, a post office, and a general store. Many of those buildings are gone or boarded up today, but the Verbena United Methodist Church still stands on County Road 59 near the town's center.[3]

Modern era[edit]

Today, Verbena is a quiet community on the outskirts of Clanton. The town is located on U.S. Route 31 nine miles south of Interstate 65 exit 205. It has a USPS Post Office (ZIP Code 36091), several small specialty stores, and numerous churches. The local school is Verbena High School (K5-12), home of the Red Devils. The community is served by the Chilton County Sheriff's Department and Verbena Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

Other communities in the area that are typically considered to be a part of Verbena are Cooper (pronounced "Coopers" by many locals), Enterprise (not to be confused with the city of Enterprise in South Alabama), and Midway.

The town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Verbena has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Verbena". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Verbena UMC Verbena, Alabama Built in 1876". Historic Churches. The Alabama-West Florida Conference Commission on Archives and History. Retrieved 7 July 2011. [dead link]
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Verbena, Alabama

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