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Pesthouse and Cemetery / Pestilences —

Marker ID:  
Location: at the intersection of Wildwood Park Road and Waterloo Road, Florence, Alabama
County: Lauderdale
Coordinates: N 34° 48.322    W 087° 41.899
  34.80536666    -87.69831666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Pesthouse and Cemetery

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.

"Prior to 20th Century"

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.

Erected by Florence Historical Board Florence Alabama.

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