- Brierfield Iron Works Park is a primitive park located just off Highway 25 between Montevallo and Centreville. It is built around the ruins of the Bibb Furnaces that were destroyed by Yankee troops toward the end of the Civil War.
Begun by wealthy Black Belt planters to profit from the Civil War, the works were taken over by the Confederate government in 1863. Two brick furnaces were built here and destroyed by a Federal Calvary raid on March 31, 1865.
Recreation - Although the ruins are fenced off, you can camp, swim, picnic and see a variety of musical festivals on a nearby stage. A Civil War reenactment in March is followed by a bluegrass festival in May. Gospel music in September and Heritage Days are in October. Free admission. Open daily.
Climate - The climate of Alabama's lowlands can be described as subtropical with nearly 60 inches of rain each year. The highest amount of rain reaches the region as afternoon thunderstorms in July, August and September. Summers are extremely hot and humid with temperatures frequently reaching above 100 degrees F. Summer nights cool slightly and provide a good time to travel through the region.
Winter temperatures are mild, rarely dipping below 40 degrees with the humidity level at its lowest in November and December. Spring and fall are very pleasant times to visit the region. Spring brings mild temperatures and blooming trees and flowers. During the fall temperatures range from 65 to 85 degrees F with low humidity levels. Northern Alabama is generally cooler than the south due to its higher elevations.
Brierfield Iron Works Park is a primitive park located just off Highway 25 between Montevallo and Centreville.