Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park
The Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park preserves the history of the ironworks that were built at this location in 1862 to supply iron for the Confederate government. The Ironworks helped create high-quality iron that was used to build cannons and ironclad vessels. The Brierfield Ironworks played an important role in the Confederate war effort. However, the Brierfield ironworks were destroyed by Union forces in the Battle of Brierfield Ironworks. The facilities were rebuilt after the war, but eventually, the ironworks closed in 1894 owing to competition from the Tannehill Ironworks which was located closer to Birmingham.
Backstory and Context
The Ironworks were producing huge amounts of iron for the Confederate cause. However, this ended with Wilson's Raid in 1865. Wilson raided through Alabama and Georgia wreaking havoc on important factories for the Confederates. He had already destroyed the ironworks at Tannehill when he arrived at Brierfield. The Confederate forces were quickly broken leaving the ironworks to be destroyed.
Eventually, the facilities were rebuilt after the end of the war. However, the furnaces went cold in 1894 replaced by the Tannehill facilities. Today, the ironworks have been transformed into a state park. There are historic buildings, cabins available for camping, picnic areas, and trails. Visitors can also see the ruinous brick furnace and the foundations left from the rolling mill.