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Arlington Historic House

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.

 Events @ Arlington

Sunday Tea

Christmas Tea with Cool Santa

Christmas at Arlington Tours

Arlington Christmas Poster

Thursdays at Arlington

Father’s Day

Pepper Jelly Sale

Gift Shop Sale





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.


Holiday Closures:

Jan 3, 2022

Jan 17, 2022

April 15, 2022

May 30, 2022

June 20, 2022

July 4, 2022

September 5, 2022

November 11, 24, 25, 2022

December 23, 26, 2022


Arlington Historic House and Gardens

331 Cotton Avenue S.W.

Birmingham, Alabama 35211

(205) 780-5656

Toby Richards, Director
331 Cotton Avenue, Southwest
Birmingham, Alabama 35211
Phone: 205-780-5656