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The Heritage Center is housed in a historic home
in downtown Prattville, the museum offers insight into the
history of Prattville and Autauga County. Included are
displays of Civil War memorabilia and the Autauga County
Archives where genealogical materials are available. It is
located in Old Prattvillage at 125 W. Main Street in
Prattville, AL where you will find a collection of 1800s
Baldwin County Heritage Museum
Focused on the history of agriculture and the
cultural history of Baldwin County. Located at 25521
Hwy 98 E in Elberta, Alabama.
in 1858, the Old Methodist Church of Daphne is now a museum focused on the history of
Daphne. On the East side, you will find the oldest grave
yard in Daphne. Address: 405 Dryer Avenue, Daphne, AL.
of Old Towne Daphne] [History
and Heritage of Daphne]
Fort Morgan State Historic Site and Museum
Fort Morgan was built
between 1819 and 1834. Was operable during the Civil
War, Spanish American War, WWI and WWII. As a museum it
is now focused on the history of the Fort. Location is
51 Hwy 180W in Gulf Shores, AL.
Gulf Shores History Museum
a beach house, the museum is dedicated to hurricane history.
Hurricane Fredrick and Hurricane Ivan are the main focus.
Features include Lagoon Village and many artifacts related
to the hurricanes which occurred here. Located at 244
W. 19th Avenue in Gulf Shores, AL.
Anniston Museum of Natural History
Visitors to the
Anniston Museum of Natural History can explore the North
American wilderness, study mummies, view the wilds of Africa and
much more. Located at 800 Museum Drive in Anniston, AL.
Cherokee County Historical Museum
Containing over 15,000 artifacts related to
the history of Centre and Cherokee County, the museum is located
at 101 E. Main Street in Centre, AL.
Cullman County Museum
Housed in a replica
of Colonel Johann G. Cullman's home, the museum is a place to experience
the heritage and history of Cullman. Located at 211 2nd
Avenue NW in Cullman, AL.
|Old Cahawba - America's most famous ghost town
The town was the State Capital of Alabama
1820-1826. Learn about the importance of this location
during the Civil War, when a Civil War prison was established
here. After the war, the town became a ghost town.
Archaeological digs are in progress here and they are
finding many things of interest.
History and Legacy
Elmore County Museum
Currently closed for renovations.
Elmore County Museum of Black History
Focus is on the
history of schools, churches and black families of Elmore
County. Located at 1004 Lancaster Street in Elmore, AL.
Fort Toulouse State Historic Site
Days - Livig History Schedule]
Step back in time
with a walk through the French and American Forts, where
living history re-enactments take place some weekends.
The park is also home to the Mississippi Mound site built by
Mississippian Mound Builders. Location is in
Statue at Vulcan Park
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park [History]
1,500 acres in
three counties for hiking and camping, as well as a
miniature railroad that chugs through the pines. From spring
until fall you can see the blacksmith, miller and craftsmen
demonstrate their trades. There is a cotton gin, pioneer
farm and working gristmill that preserve a long-gone way of
life. There are also historical artifacts that can be seen
in the Iron and steel museum, as well as a restaurant, and a
sweet shop. Located off Interstate 59, 12 miles southwest of
Bessemer, less than 30 minutes from downtown Birmingham.
Alabama Iron and Steel Museum
Learn about the
Roupes Valley Ironworks at Tannehill in the 1800s.
Behind the museum you will find an 1858 cotton gin house.
Located in Tannehill Ironworks State Park at 12632 Confederate
Pkwy, McCalla, AL.
Park and Museum
Home to the world's largest cast iron
statue and features spectacular panoramic views of
Birmingham. We tell the story of Birmingham's past, present
and promise for the future. Vulcan, the Roman god of fire
and forge, was originally built in 1904 for the St. Louis
World's Fair to represent Birmingham's iron industry. The
newly renovated Vulcan Park and Museum sits atop Red
Mountain with Vulcan standing 124 feet off the mountain on
his original 1938 pedestal. A 10-acre urban green space
surrounds the 56' high statue and open-air observation
balcony. Visitors find interactive exhibits and displays
that give insight into the region's geology, history and
industrial growth. Groups welcome. Free parking and bus
parking. Visit Vulcan Park and Museum, the gateway to the
region, and see how imagination makes giants! Located at 1701 Valley
View Drive in Birmingham, AL.
W C Handy Home and Museum
A museum dedicated
to the work of Blues composer W. C. Handy "Father of the
Blues". The library located on the premises is a
resource center for African American history. Located at
620 W. College Street in Florence, Alabama.
Indian Mound and Museum
Located near the
Florence Indian Mound, the museum displays artifacts found in
the area. Address is 1028 S. Court Street in Florence,
Pope's Tavern Museum
One of the oldest
structures in Florence it was a stagecoach stop in the 1800s.
Today it serves as a museum of history for the Florence and
Shoals area of Alabama. Located at 203 Hermitage Drive,
Museum of East Alabama
History and artifacts
of East Alabama and Opelika are on display. Located in
historic downtown Opelika at 121 S. 9th Street.
Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives
and preserving their memories. Address is 100 Pryor
Street in Athens, AL.
Alabama Constitution Village
State Constitution was signed here in 1819. Walk
down the path to the past and see Alabama as it was in those
days with busy villagers in costume working at their daily
chores. Located at 109 Gates Avenue in Huntsville, AL.
Burritt On the Mountain Living History Museum
Known as the
"Jewel on the Mountain", the museum is actually an historic
park full of historical houses and buildings where visitors
can learn about the fascinating history of Huntsville and
enjoy cultural events such as plays and concerts. The
centerpiece of the park is the 1936
Burritt Mansion where visitors will find original
furnishings, exhibits of regional history and information
about the life of Dr. Burritt (local physician and
inventor.) Address is 3101 Burritt Drive in
Historic Huntsville Depot
The depot was
used as an active passenger station until 1968, and still
stands today as a historical symbol of Huntsville's
transportation and growth as a city. Come hear the robotic
ticket agent tell the history of Huntsville, hear the rattle
of the train tracks, or visit the kids corner with costumes,
puzzles and maps. You can also climb aboard and explore
locomotives and the first ladder truck of Huntsville.
Located at 320 Church St. in Huntsville, AL
Humphrey - Rodgers House
1848 by David C. Humphreys. Now fully restored, the house
displays period rooms and special exhibits on the decorative
arts. Notable features of the house are the large pocket
doors and 11 foot ceilings. Available for special
exhibitions or by appointment only. Located at 109 W. Gates
Avenue in Huntsville, AL
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
consists of real working standard gauge and narrow gauge
trains, two restored depots, an indoor collection of
railroad artifacts and historical memorabilia, and an
outdoor collection of railroad cars, locomotives, and
cabooses. There is also the Boone Library. Located at 1919
9th St. in Calera, AL.
Veterans Memorial Museum
Dedicated to the
accomplishments of military men and women. Their focus is on
participants of WW1 and subsequent conflicts. There
are over 30 historical military vehicles from WW1 to the
present day, as well as tableaus, artifacts, and other
memorabilia dating back to the Revolutionary War. The museum
is housed in the Paul Bolden Military Museum Building,
leased from the City of Huntsville. Located at
Road in Huntsville, AL
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
1935, this historic home features 65 acres of beautiful
gardens. The home contains original furnishings and
fine antiques. Located at 12401 Bellingrath Gardens
Road in Theordore, AL.
Conde-Charlotte House Museum
Built in 1822-24 it was the
City's first official jail between the south bastions of
Fort Conde. The exposed jail floor and these jail doors can
still be seen in the house. Each room is furnished to
reflect a period and a nationality - French Empire, 18th
Century English, American Federal, and the Confederate room
is furnished in the fashion of southern parlors at the
outbreak of the War Between the States. A walled Spanish
garden of late 18th Century design can also be seen. Located
at 104 Theater St. in Mobile, AL.
Historic Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island [Virtual Map Tour]
A fort on
Dauphin Island was begun in 1821 but then was abandoned.
It was another 40 years before Fort Gaines was completed in
1861. The fort played an important role in the Civil
War Battle of Mobile Bay and was again used in the Spanish
American War. The fort was used as a camp during WWII.
Today, the Coast Guard uses the it as a base for crash
rescue boat operations. The property is now owned by
Dauphin Island Park and Beach Board. Located at 51 Bienville
Blvd. on Dauphin Island, AL.
Mobile Police Department Museum
Focused on the
history of policing in Mobile, the museum is housed inside a
current operating police precinct. Located at 320
Dauphin in downtown Mobile, AL.
Museum of Mobile [Exhibits]
Here you can
see Mobile as the first Americans discovered it. You can
relive the path of an African slave ship, or listen to
stories of soldiers. Experience the rage of a hurricane, or
visit the hands on Discovery room. They welcome field trips
and tours, and they also offer rental facilities. For those
who like to shop, you can also visit the gift shop. Located
at 111 S. Royal St. in Mobile, AL.
Oakleigh House Museum Complex
Costumed guides lead
you through an intimate historical experience of 19th
century Gulf Coast living. The complex features society,
working class and servant living quarters. Located at 300
Oakleigh Place in Mobile, AL.
The Oakleigh Museum Complex Includes:
Cox - Deasy Creole Cottage
Built in 1850 by a brick mason along with
his wife and 11 children. This is a simple four room wooden
cottage with one broad hallway, but the house tells a story
from early urbanization of the city through WW2.
Minnie Mitchell Archives
Confederate documents, maps, first editions, and rare books
along with historical photographs are kept at the Minnie
Mitchell Archives buildings. Here you can also view a
massive framed 1857 flag and the Confederate sword that was
surrendered in 1864 at the Battle of Mobile Bay, then
returned by its Union captor.
Oakleigh House Museum
Greek revival mansion featuring unique architectural
features. Built by a cotton factor from Virginia, and later
housed three generations of one of the leading society
families of Mobile.
Monroe County Heritage Museums
The Old Courthouse Museum
The museum is housed in the old courthouse on
the Monroeville town square. There are three permanent exhibits
as well as plays and events that take place annually. Located at
31 N. Alabama Ave. in Monroeville, AL.
Rickard's Mill Historical Park
This is an operating water powered grist mill
and museum. This mill has served the resident's of North Monroe
county ever since it opened in 1845. The museum stages many
activities in the park and is dedicated to the preservation of
past folk traditions, such as gristmilling, blacksmithing, cane
syrup making, and many other things. Come visit the mill and
watch as corn is transformed into grits and cornmeal.
The Alabama River Museum
The Alabama river Festival is held
annually in March: Travel back in time to an early 1800’s camp
on the river. Visit with Indians, Frontiersmen, Traders, and
Travelers. Music, demonstrations & food, all at the only museum
on the Alabama River.
The museum features exhibits of ancient
fossils and Native American artifacts as well as steamboat
Burnt Corn Baptist Church
Available for group
tours and special events. This is a church that was built in an
Indian Village, which after the Indian creek war, became a small
town with a post office a few stores and several houses. Some of
the old structures are still in use today.
Alabama Department of Archives and History
There is a
museum with many rooms that feature different historical
aspects such as Military, Indian and 19th century rooms.
Museum tours are free of charge. They have online archives
and resources for teachers, students, genealogists, and
state officials. As well as onsite historical records,
archives and artifacts.
Old Alabama Town History Village
of 19th and 20th century structures that have been
authentically restored. The village stretches along 6 blocks
in historic downtown Montgomery, Alabama. Here you can
relive over 100 years of history as you step inside
meticulously restored and furnished buildings reflecting the
lives of the people who settled and developed Central
Alabama. Located at 301 Columbus St. in Montgomery, AL.
Parks Library and Museum
Focused on the
life and times of Rosa Parks who was famed for the
Montgomery Bus Boycott n 1955. The museum features
activities and exhibits related to other early Civil Rights
leaders in America. Located at 251 Montgomery Street
in Montgomery, AL.
Old State Bank Museum
The 1833 historic bank building was designed by
Andrew Jackson. Through the years, it has served as a
hospital and guard house by the Union during the Civil War.
Visitors will find the original vault, a period teller's cage
and the apartment of the bank's first cashier complete with
period furnishings. Located at 925 Bank Street NE in the
historic district of Decatur, AL.
Aliceville Museum and Cultural Arts Center
A German POW museum / archives which documents
Camp Aliceville. Exhibits also include Coca Cola assembly
line equipment along with military and agricultural history
exhibits. Located at 104 Broad Street in Aliceville, AL.
Conecuh River Depot
The museum is focused on WWI through the Vietnam
War military memorabilia. A gift shop is available and
contains many living history supplies for re-enactors.
Located at 246 U.S. Hwy 231 North in Troy, AL, in the parking
lot of the Pioneer Museum of Alabama.
Pioneer Museum of Alabama
Dedicated to the
preservation of the history of early Alabama pioneers, the
museum includes 15 historic buildings, over 18,000 artifacts,
even an 1881 wood burning locomotive. During special
events, it becomes a living history museum with people working
in period dress. Address is 248 U.S. Hwy 231 North in
Birmingham Historical District
listing of historical landmarks and districts to visit.
Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington [Virtual Tour]
generation granddaughter to Martha Washington decided to
share her legacy with the public, this provided the basis
for the museum that was founded in 1982 by Karl C. Harrison.
The museum focuses on art and historical artifacts dating
from the colonial period to 1865 including paintings,
letters, furniture, porcelain, glassware, silver, jewelry,
and busts. Also includes Martha Washington's prayer book,
and an original 1787 Samuel Vaughn sketch of Mt. Vernon
grounds, writing instruments and tools from George
Washington’ s survey case and an original tintype depicting
Robert E. Lee in his uniform for the last time. The museum
is housed in the Harrison Regional Library. Located at
50 Lester Street in
Shelby County Historical Museum and Archives [Photos]
and growing collection of research materials includes books,
periodicals, microfilm, microfiche, family folders and much
more. They also maintain the original old Shelby County
Alabama courthouse records.
houses many Shelby County photographs and historical
artifacts from the Indian era to WW2 such as the bell from
the Alabama, a very well known railroad engine, Creek Indian
artifacts, and three chestnut wood cars and several feet of
wood track that were found on the 4th May 1974 in the
forgotten Confederate Gurnee Coal Mine in West Shelby
County. Located at 1854 Old Courthouse in Columbiana, AL.
Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
a national landmark, Sloss furnaces web of pipes and
smokestacks produced iron for nearly 90 years, which gave
rise to the city of Birmingham. There are guided tours and
concerts festivals and other special events that happen year
round. They also offer educations programs and resources, as
well as metal arts workshops. Located at Twenty 32nd Street
North in Birmingham, AL
The American Village [Photo Gallery]
This is an
amazing educational tool for students to learn about
history, freedom and government. Over 45,000 students visit
the village every year to gain a better understanding of
self government, and the past that brought America to where
it stands today. This is an interactive historical adventure
for the young and the old. Here you can relive the past and
learn about how it changed the future. They offer rentals
for special events and weddings, but cater mainly to schools
and the future of the children. The mission of The American
Village Citizenship Trust is to strengthen and renew the
foundations of American liberty and self-government through
citizenship education. Located at 3727 Highway 119 in
Bama Belle Paddlewheel Riverboat
is a replica of the old paddlewheel riverboats of
yesteryear, it is a great way to experience the grandeur of
the lovely riverboats which at one time made their way on
the waterways of America. The Bama Belle is available
for sightseeing tours and dinner cruises. Located on
the Black Warrior River at #1 Greensboro Avenue in
Battle-Friedman House [Virtual
Built in 1835,
the home was owned by wealthy planter Alfred Battle.
Today the home is filled with antique furnishings and is
available for tours. Located at 1010 Greensboro Avenue
in Tuscaloosa, AL.
Gorgas House [History]
Built in 1829
it was the first structure to be built on the University of
Alabama campus, and one of only 4 building to survive the
civil war. The house served as a dining hall for the
University students until the mid-19th century when it
became a faculty residence. The Gorgas family resided there
from 1879 until 1953, and is now a museum that houses
antiques and Gorgas family memorabilia. May also be rented
out for special events. Located at Univ. of AL, 810 Capstone
Dr. in Tuscaloosa, AL
Historic Tuscaloosa [History] [Photos]
historic Tuscaloosa, and see many old historical buildings
that still stand today. The old Tavern, served as a hotel,
and was even the home of Gov. John Gayle at one time.
Greenwood cemetery, one of the oldest in Tuscaloosa. The
Murphy-Collins house home to the first licensed black
mortician is now home to the African American Museum. See
the only 4 structures built on the University of Alabama
that survived the Civil War. The Northport train depot,
which opened as a model railroad museum in 1999, along with
many other interesting historical sites. Located in
Moundville Archaeological Park and Museum
years ago, Moundville was the largest city in North America.
Today, the museum houses artifacts and interpretive exhibits
providing information on more than 60 years of
archaeological excavations and investigations. There is a
theater that offers a series of videos on Moundville and the
history of the Southeastern Indians. Or you can take a tour
on the nature trail and visit over 1,000 years of human
activity that started with the Mississippian Indians. The
trail takes you from ground level to treetop heights. There
are also craft pavilions with Natives who demonstrate their
way of life to the visitors. Located 14 miles S of
Tuscaloosa on Hwy 69.
Murphy African American Museum
Housed in the
Murphy-Collins House at 2601 Bryant Drive, this museum is
focused on the lifestyle of affluent blacks in 1900s
Tuscaloosa. The home contains parts of the old state
capitol building which were foraged when it burnt in 1923.
Available for tours.
Old Tavern Museum
1827 by William Dunton, it served as a hotel and tavern on
the stagecoach route in Tuscaloosa. Tours are offered.
Located at 500 28th Avenue in Tuscaloosa, AL.
Tuscaloosa Museum of Natural History
The museum has
displays that consist of natural history, ethnology, geology
and mineralogy. The Grand Gallery houses displays of
fossils, rocks and minerals from the Coal Age, Ice Age and
Dinosaur Era. There are also several temporary changing
exhibits, and visitors can view the Hodges Meteorite, the
only known meteor to ever strike a human being. Located at
the Corner of 6th Avenue and Capstone Drive on the
University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, AL.
University of Alabama Museums
Consists of the Gorgas house,
Moundville Archaeological Park and museum, Alabama Museum of
Natural History and the Paul W. Bryant museum.
Alabama Mining History Museum
Learn about the
history of coal mining 1890-1940. Located at 120 East
Street in Dora, AL.
Carl Elliott House Museum
Built in 1913, this house was home to Carl
Elliott who authored the Library Services Act which brought
bookmobiles and libraries to rural America.
Located at 1700 Birmingham Ave. in Jasper, AL.
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