Foley is a city located in Baldwin County, Alabama. It is named for its founder, John B. Foley, a Chicago businessman. Foley met a railroad agent who told him of the area in South Baldwin County. Foley visited the area and he liked what he saw and bought approximately 50,000 acres of land. He then returned to Chicago and formed the Magnolia Land Company and began to sell off the acreage. As he began this, he realized the need for a better way for people to come to Foley. Foley used some of his own money to lay rails for a train. The first railroad station was built in 1905. The original station burned in 1908 and was replaced the following year by the station that is now the City's museum. Foley also donated late for churches and schools. Foley was incorporated in 1915.
Foley has much to offer in the way of attractions and recreation. The historic downtown area features the Foley Railroad Deopt Museum which shares the history of the city and a huge model train exhibit. To learn more about the history of Baldwin County, a visit to the Baldwin County Heritage Museum is in order. The Foley Art Center showcases local artist and craftsmen, including paintings, ceramics, glass, textiles and jewelry. For the outdoorsman, there is the Antique Rose Trail which is a beautiful walking trail that showcases hundreds of varieties of fragrant roses or the Arnold Palmer’s Craft Farms Golf Club. Also, located just outside the city is Graham Creek Nature Preserve which features 484 acres of wildlife habitats and many species of flora and fauna which include rare native wildflowers like pitcher plants and rosebud orchids. The park has a butterfly garden, nature trails, picnic areas and restrooms, as well as a canoe launch facility on Graham Creek. The family will also enjoy Max Griffin Park, a recreational park with a kid playground, softball fields, picnic areas, and an open air swimming pool. Foley is also only a 10 minute drive to the white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Foley is located in the Baldwin County School District. An elementary school, an intermediate school, a middle school, and a high school serve the city of Foley. On average, the local public schools have a ratio of 21 students to a teacher.
As of 2016, the median home sold value in Foley is $159,900. The average days on market is 149 days. Home values in Foley have increased approximately 4.9% in the last year. The average rental price in Foley for a three bedroom two bath home is $1200 per month.
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