Alabama Historic Sites

By David A. Fryxell Premium

Alabama Constitution Village

109 Gates Ave.
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 564-8100

Costumed interpreters re-create early 19th-century Alabama life in a living history village at the state’s 1819 constitutional convention site.

Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives

100 W. Pryor St.
Athens, AL 35611
(256) 771-7578

Located in an old freight depot, this military museum salutes the achievements and sacrifices of Alabama’s common servicemen and their families back home.

Arab Historic Village

Arab City Park, Shoal Creek Trail
Arab, AL 35016
(256) 586-7413

Tour a preserved 1935 schoolhouse, 1912 church and other structures dating from the 1880s to 1930.
Belle Mont Mansion

1569 Cook Lane
Tuscumbia, AL 35674
(256) 381-5052

One of the state’s first great plantation houses, Belle Mont reflects Thomas Jefferson’s influence on early American architecture. The hilltop mansion’s floor plan even resembles one of Jefferson’s own architectural drawings.


Bessemer Hall of History Museum

1905 Alabama Ave.
Bessemer, AL 35020
(205) 426-1633

In the late 1800s, iron, coal and limestone mining spurred the rapid growth of Bessemer — and the city’s railroads. Today, you can learn about the history of both inside a 1916 Southern Railway terminal.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

520 16th St. N.
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 328-9696

During the 1950s and ’60s, Birmingham was at the forefront of the civil rights movement This museum memorializes the city’s role in ending racial segregation and highlights modern human rights struggles.

Confederate Memorial Park

437 County Road 63
Marbury, AL 36051

The site of Alabama’s only Old Soldiers Home for Confederate veterans — in operation from 1902 to 1939 — now features a Civil War museum, covered pavilions, nature trails and two Confederate cemeteries.

Fort Morgan State Historic Site

110 Highway 180W
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 540-5257

Constructed between 1819 and 1834, the fort played a major role during the Battle of Mobile Bay.
Pioneer Museum of Alabama

248 US Highway 231N
Troy, AL 36081
(334) 566-3597

This 35-acre complex depicts 19th-and early 20th-century Southern life with more than 18,000 artifacts. You can take a stroll through log cabins, a gristmill, an 1881 locomotive and a working smokehouse.
USS Alabama
Battleship Memorial Park
2703 Battleship Parkway
Mobile, AL 36601
(251) 433-2703

Tour a historic battleship that earned 12 battle stars in World War II. Visitors can explore the decks, turrets, bridge, captain’s cabin and other areas, as well as the torpedo rooms of the submarine USS Drum.
From the January 2008 Family Tree Magazine.

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