Vinemont, Alabama: Civil War Museum: Ghosts and Pee Saddles

Pee saddle technology allowed Civil War soldiers to relieve themselves while on horseback. The museum, built on a Civil War battlefield, is also haunted.

Crooked Creek Civil War Museum

Address:
516 County Rd 1127, Vinemont, AL
Directions:
Crooked Creek Civil War Museum. I-65 exit 308. Drive west on US Hwy 278 for six miles. Turn right at the white Salem church sign onto County Rd 14. Drive 1.5 miles. Bear right onto Bethel Battle Ground Rd. Drive a quarter-mile. Bear left onto County Rd 1127. Drive a half-mile. You'll see the museum entrance on the right.
Hours:
Daily 9-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
256-739-2741
Admission:
Adults $5.
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Crooked Creek Civil War Museum

Fred Wise owns and runs the Crooked Creek Civil War Museum, and took us on a personal tour. He bought the property about 30 years ago and built the museum when he discovered that some of the war was fought on his land. He found artifacts and discovered that many soldiers were buried there. He has filled his museum with authentic Civil War memorabilia.

One of the interesting things he showed us was a Civil War saddle with a hole in the front beneath the pummel. Since the men spent so much time in the saddle, when they had to pee they just pulled it out, stuck it through the hole, and peed on their horses. They also went through a lot of pants, as they had to cut a hole in the front to pee through.

There are ghosts here as well. Several visitors have reported ghost sightings. The museum has three photos, taken on the property, of Civil War ghosts.

[Gayle Kerch, 04/05/2017]

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