Pesthouse and Cemetery / Pestilences

Pesthouse and Cemetery / Pestilences (HMIXZ)

Location: Florence, AL 35630 Lauderdale County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 48.322', W 87° 41.899'

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1866 / "Prior to 20th Century"

Side 1
Following an outbreak of the dreaded plaque, smallpox (Variola), at Florence during the winter of 1865-66, the Board of Alderman adopted a resolution on January 2, 1866, that a Pesthouse be "erected at the vineyard as soon as possible." According to tradition, this Pesthouse, believed to have been a simple two-room log structure, was located in this area where people with infectious diseases could be isolated from community. Also located nearby is a small cemetery where victims of these diseases were sometimes buried in unmarked graves.

Side 2
Prior to 20th Century During its early history, this area was faced with periods of infectious epidemics. One of the most feared was the small pox plague. It became a serious threat at the end of the Civil War, believed to have resulted from the frequent movements of troops here during the war. Yellow fever, a rare plague in the northern hemisphere, appeared here in the fall of 1878, resulting in 42 deaths in Florence. Four nurses from the Howard Association, a New Orleans charity organization, were sent here to assist with the sick and the dying.
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HM NumberHMIXZ
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Placed ByFlorence Historical Board Florence Alabama
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 2:18pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 436126 N 3851681
Decimal Degrees34.80536667, -87.69831667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 48.322', W 87° 41.899'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 48' 19.32" N, 87° 41' 53.94" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6990 Wildwood Park Rd, Florence AL 35630, US
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