Fairhope, Alabama: Hermit Hut of Tolstoy Park

An oddly-named one-room round house, built by hermit Henry Stuart in the 1920s, now even more peculiar 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.
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Hermit Hut of Tolstoy Park

Sign the hermit hut guest book and leave a coin.

[Dave, 04/21/2021]

Hermit Hut.

Hermit Hut of Tolstoy Park

Open to the public, with many guests weekly, according to the visitor log. Tolstoy Park is a remarkable little "cottage."

[Eliza, 06/30/2017]

Hermit Hut.

Hermit Hut of Tolstoy Park

Nestled in the middle of town, driving past the area you would have no idea it's back there in a parking lot. There is a write-up framed in the wall inside explaining all the details. Very fascinating! And free! Loved it!

[Christina Lockamy, 07/22/2016]
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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