Wakefield is a ghost town in Washington County, Alabama, most famous as the place where former vice president Aaron Burr was arrested in 1807. Wakefield was in a bend of the Tombigbee River near present-day McIntosh Bluff. The settlement was named by territorial judge Harry Toulmin after Oliver Goldsmith’s novel The Vicar of Wakefield. Wakefield was the county seat of Washington County from 1805 to 1809. The arrest of Aaron Burr took place in February 1807.