Foley: Bed Pans, Fizzscians and Miniatures
Most people pass right by Foley, Alabama on their way to the beach and never realize the awesomeness of this small town. You can spend a few hours or a whole day exploring Foley. Either way, it’s definitely worth a stop, even if it’s just to stretch your legs. Here are a few of our Foley favorites.
The Holmes Medical museum is located next to the visitor’s center. It was a working hospital from 1936-1958. This was the county’s first hospital, and oh if these walls could talk. Almost every medical need could be met at this one location. If you had mental problems, they had a quack doctor. If you needed a tooth pulled, there was a dentist and if you were in labor, they would deliver your baby! Some tools and methods are relatively the same while other methods (such as bleeding a patient) sound absolutely absurd today. We didn’t run across anyone who was treated in this hospital but we would love to hear their stories!
Stacy’s Old Tyme Soda Fountain is Foley’s oldest drugstore and soda fountain. It’s still filling prescriptions in the back and making sodas and shakes in the front. The coffee is a whopping 10-cents and the jukebox plays for free. Stacy’s has been in business since 1929 and the customers are still coming in for their afternoon fix. We loved the cute couples sharing milkshakes and banana splits! They are well known for their key lime milkshake but we stuck with the staples, coke float and a chocolate shake! No complaints here!
Lunch at Magnolia Court won’t disappoint! They hand cut their French fries (which are hard to find these days) and their fish sandwich is local and fresh! We had a very friendly server that was happy to tell us all about his favorite spots in town. One of his suggestions was the Hospital Museum. Which was a very interesting stop that we otherwise would have skipped. After lunch, take a peek next door at the Magnolia B&B.
Last but certainly not least… The Foley Railroad Museum and Model Train Exhibit! We had such a fun time with the model trains we have a whole separate post about it! Keep your eyes peeled for a fun video on the Model Trains! I know what a teaser right…..guess you will just have to stay tuned!