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Arlington is a fine example of Greek Revival architecture dating from the 1840s. Originally called “The Grove” the house was built by Judge William S. Mudd, one of the ten founders of Birmingham, and is the only remaining antebellum mansion remaining in Birmingham. Shortly before the end of the Civil War, General James Wilson arrived with over 13,000 troops and using Arlington as his headquarters, planned the destruction of the Confederate iron furnaces and the military school at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
The property went through several owners and in 1902 became the home of Robert S. Munger. Over the next twenty years he did many renovations including plumbing and electric lights. He had another structure moved across the street behind the main house which was used for a kitchen, dining room, sun parlor and sleeping quarters. Mr. Munger also had one of the first “motor cars” in Birmingham.
Located on six acres in the heart of Old Elyton, the first permanent County Seat of Jefferson County, Arlington is a center for historical, cultural, and civic activities.
Arlington will be open for tours from 8am to 12noon Close at 12 for private event Saturday, October 16, 2021.
Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Last tour ticket sold at 3:00 pm
Closed on Sunday, Monday and all City holidays
$5 per adult
$3 per student 6 to 18 years
Group rates available for 10 or more people.
(Rates subject to change)
In order to preserve the historical integrity of the collection
displayed within the house museum, food, chewing gum, or beverages
are not permitted.
Feel free to take out your selfie sticks and cell phones. Personal
photos are encouraged at Arlington. Please no flash to help preserve
the collection for generations to come.
Contact (205) 780-5656 if you wish to conduct a photo session.
Arlington Historic House and Gardens
331 Cotton Avenue S.W.
Birmingham, Alabama 35211