• Alabama Constitution Village
109 Gates Ave.
Huntsville, AL 35801
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.