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Things to See & Do in Alabama
American Village Citizenship Trust
The mission of The American Village Citizenship Trust is to strengthen and renew the foundations of American liberty and self-government through citizenship education. Join costumed historical interpreters as a Nation is born and a Constitution is framed. Learn how the words "We the People" have come to include all Americans. Explore the historically-inspired buildings of The American Village, including Washington Hall which is patterned after George Washington's historic Mount Vernon. Stroll the Village's Constitution Green and Southern Living Colonial Gardens. Experience Houdon's masterful statue of Washington, the Alabama Power Voting Experience, the Rising Sun Chair, the President's Oval Office, and other engaging exhibits. The American Village is located about 30 minutes south of Birmingham in Montevallo.
Old Cahawba Archaeological Park
Learn of the rise and fall of Alabama's first state capital and most famous ghost town.
Pond Spring, The General Joe Wheeler Plantation
Pond Spring was the post-Civil War home of Gen. Joseph Wheeler, a Confederate major general, a U.S. congressman, and a Spanish-American War general. The 50-acre site includes a dogtrot log house built around 1818, a circa 1830 Federal-style house, the 1870s Wheeler house, eight farm-related outbuildings, two family cemeteries, an African-American cemetery, a small Indian mound, a pond, a boxwood garden, and other garden areas. Staff members lead tours of the Wheeler House five days a week; grounds and other buildings are also open.
Isabel Anderson Comer Museum and Arts Center
Located in Sylacauga, the Museum offers special art exhibits, sculpture, the Native Sons Gallery, historical photgraphs, historical displays, and classes.
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park is located near Daviston. Learn about the history of the final battle of the Creek War of 1813-14, part of the War of 1812, in which Andrew Jackson and an army of 3,300 men consisting of Tennessee militia, United States regulars and both Cherokee and Lower Creek allies attacked Chief Menawa and 1,000 Upper Creek or Red Stick warriors fortified in the "horseshoe" bend of the Tallapoosa River. This 2,040-acre park preserves the site of the battle.
Florence Museums System
The Florence Museums System consists of five separate properties: W. C. Handy Home, Museum & Library, a restored log cabin that was the boyhood home of the famous composer known as the "Father of the Blues"; Indian Mound and Museum; Pope's Tavern Museum, a Civil War era historic site; The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts; and Frank Lloyd Wright-Rosenbaum House.
Fort Gaines Historic Site
Tour Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island, with its history of French, British, and Spanish control. Eventually the Fort played an important part in the Civil War during the Battle of Mobile Bay, one of the war's most notable naval conficts. The Fort was also used during World Wars I and II.
Alabama Veteran's Museum & Archives
Located in Athens, the Alabama Veteran's Museum was established to preserve the memories of our veterans by creating a permanent resting place for artifacts and memorabilia. Artifacts from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, W.W.I , W.W.II, Korean, Viet Nam, Desert Storm and the present "Operation Enduring Freedom" are displayed. The library has close to 1000 books and 160 videos, with the majority available for loan.
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