Malbis, Alabama

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Malbis, Alabama
Malbis, Alabama is located in Alabama
Malbis, Alabama
Malbis, Alabama
Location within the state of Alabama
Malbis, Alabama is located in the United States
Malbis, Alabama
Malbis, Alabama
Malbis, Alabama (the United States)
Coordinates: 30°39′21″N 87°51′07″W / 30.65583°N 87.85194°W / 30.65583; -87.85194Coordinates: 30°39′21″N 87°51′07″W / 30.65583°N 87.85194°W / 30.65583; -87.85194
CountryUnited States
197 ft (60 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)251
GNIS feature ID0156648
Malbis Plantation
Malbis, Alabama is located in Alabama
Malbis, Alabama
Location10145 US 90
Nearest cityDaphne, Alabama
NRHP reference #11000238[1]
Added to NRHPMay 10, 2011

Malbis is an Unincorporated community in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. The community lies at the crossroads of U.S. 90 and Alabama State Route 181 just south and north of I-10. Portions of the settlement are today within the city limits of Daphne. The incorporated city of Loxley lies to the east, and Spanish Fort to the north.

Malbis is considered a community or populated place but is not identified in the United States Census. It is part of the Daphne–FairhopeFoley Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The Malbis Plantation was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places in May 2011.


Malbis Memorial Church, built in honor of Jason Malbis

Known originally as the Malbis Plantation, the settlement was founded in 1906 by Jason Malbis. Malbis was a Greek philanthropist born in Doumena, Greece as Antonius Markopoulos. Malbis had been an Orthodox monk[2] before coming to the United States to investigate the condition of fellow Greeks who had immigrated to the US.[3] He changed his name to Jason Malbis and migrated south to Alabama.

While traveling through Alabama, Malbis became enamored with Baldwin County and purchased the land that would become the Greek colony.[4] The community was populated for many years mostly by those of either secular or religious Greek heritage.[5] The Malbis Memorial Church, a Greek Orthodox church, was built by the settlers and still stands today.

The community once included the Malbis Bakery, an ice plant, plant nursery, cannery, hotels, restaurants, its own power plant, turpentine, dairy, lumber, water towers and many acres of farmland. During the peak of the colony's success, the economy was largely based upon providing table food to nearby Mobile, Alabama.[4] Much of the land was sold for commercial development, including a 500-acre (2.0 km2) soybean field, which is currently covered by a large retail shopping mall.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 5/09/11 through 5/13/11". National Park Service. March 16, 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  2. ^ Roy Hoffman (March 13, 2010). "The Jewel of Malbis". Mobile Register. Mobile, Alabama. p. 1D.
  3. ^ Scott, Florence; Scott, Richard (1965). "Daphne". Mobile, Alabama: Jordan Publishing Company: 175. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ a b Burnett, Jr., O. Lawrence (2006). "Coastal Kingdom". Baltimore: PUBLISHAMERICA, LLLP: 285 |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  5. ^ Henderson, Russ (11 September 2008). "Malbis plantation 'matriarch' Bessie Papas dies at 98". Press-Register. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  6. ^ Henderson, Russ (2008-09-12). "The last of Malbis' original settlers dies". Press Register (Mobile, Alabama). Press Register. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
  7. ^ Henderson, Russ (May 31, 2008). "Malbis family mourns". Press Register. Mobile, Alabama.