is an unincorporated community
in southeastern Chilton County
, United States
. Named for the indigenous verbena
, Verbena developed into a popular resort location for the more affluent citizenry of Montgomery
, the state's capital, during the yellow fever
outbreaks of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many stately homes, some of which have undergone recent renovation and restoration, line the streets of the town as a reminder of this historic past.
The town was built beside the railroad currently owned by CSX Transportation. In its heyday, Verbena had two hotels, a bank, a post office, and a general store. Many of those buildings are gone or boarded up today, but the beautiful Verbena United Methodist Church still stands proudly on County Road 59 near the town's center.
Today, Verbena is a quiet community on the outskirts of Clanton
. The town is located on U.S. Route 31
and Alabama State Route 22
, near Interstate 65
. It has a USPS Post Office (ZIP Code 36091), several small specialty stores, and numerous churches. The local school is Verbena High School
(K5-12), home of the Red Devils. The community is served by the Chilton County Sheriff's Department and Verbena Volunteer Fire and Rescue.
Other communities in the area that are typically considered to be a part of Verbena are Cooper (pronounced "Coopers" by many locals), Enterprise (not to be confused with the city of Enterprise in South Alabama), and Midway.