Fairhope, Alabama: Hermit Hut of Tolstoy Park

An oddly-named one-room round house, built in the 1920s, now even odder as it's in the parking lot of an office park. Always open; visitors are welcome.
Address:
Parker Rd, Fairhope, AL
Directions:
I-10 exits 35 or 35A. Drive south on US Hwy 98 a little over seven miles. Turn right at the stoplight onto Parker Rd, and then quickly right again into Montrose Office Park. You'll see the round house straight ahead, in the parking lot of the office park.
Admission:
Free
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Tolstoy Park

A one-room round house was built by Henry Stuart in the 1920s, and was the subject of The Poet of Tolstoy Park by Sonny Brewer. The house [now labeled "Tolstoy Park"] is open to the public any time. Guests can visit, take a book, leave a book, or camp on the floor. It is common for guests to leave a few coins, but not required.

[Elizabeth May, 03/24/2013]

Henry Stuart was told in 1925 that he had a year to live, so he built this hurricane-proof hut in what was then wasteland, and planned to spend his final days as a hermit. Instead he lived for 18 years, entertained many guests, and eventually died at age 88.

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