Foley is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Foley is a principal city of the Daphne–Fairhope–Foley Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Baldwin County. Foley was named for its founder, John B. Foley of Chicago. As Foley was traveling to President McKinley’s funeral in 1901, he met a railroad agent who told him of the area in South Baldwin County. Foley came down the following year, and he liked what he saw and bought up between 40,000 acres and 50,000 acres of land. He then returned to Chicago and formed the Magnolia Land Company.
Foley is a part of the Baldwin County Public Schools system. An elementary school, an intermediate school, a middle school, and a high school serve the city of Foley. The Foley Public Library has in excess of 50,000 volumes, internet computers, children’s reading programs and public meeting rooms for civic organizations. The City of Foley Antique Rose Trail features over five hundred varieties of fragrant roses.
The City of Foley Museum & Archives and Model Train Exhibit is located in a restored train depot from the early 1900s. It holds archives for the City of Foley as well as railroad memorabilia. The Foley Golf Course is an eighteen hole course. Holmes Medical Museum is located in downtown Foley and was the first hospital in Baldwin county. It has a doctors sled on display as well as a large collection of 20th century medical equipment.