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The Old Monroe County Courthouse at Monroeville, AL (home of To Kill A Mockingbird)

The Old Monroe County Courthouse, completed in 1904, was designed by the prominent Southern architect Andrew Bryan. The courthouse gained national fame when Monroeville’s own, Harper Lee, in 1960 published the Pulitzer prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. In her book To Kill a Mockingbird, the fictional town of Maycomb is modeled on Monroeville, AL […]

Gaineswood at Demopolis, AL (began as a “dogtrot” cabin in 1843, completed on eve of Civil War)

Between 1843 and the outbreak of the Civil War, Gaineswood evolved from a two-room “dogtrot” cabin into a Greek Revival style mansion.  General Nathan Bryan Whitfield, the builder, was his own architect, though he had no formal training.  The labor was done mostly by slaves, some of whom were extremely accomplished carpenters and plasterers.  Three […]

St. Wilfrid’s Episcopal Church at Marion, AL (built 1908, listed on the NRHP)

Originally organized as St. Michael’s Parish, the church became St. Wilfrid’s in 1853. The present church building is the third one located at this site. It was built in 1908. Located behind the church is a historic cemetery that contains 77 graves of soldiers who died at the Breckenridge Hospital on Howard College campus (now […]

1830s Mathews Cabin (at the Clarke County Historical Museum) at Grove Hill, AL

The Mathews Cabin was built in the 1830s by pioneers Josiah and Lucy Martin Mathews, who came to Clarke County from South Carolina.  By 1840, there were 13 family members and two slaves living in this cabin.  In 2005, the Clarke County Historical Society purchased this log cabin.  With the assistance of many volunteers, it […]

Chilatchee Creek Campground at Gee’s Bend, AL

Alabama has many beautiful rivers and lakes and the US Army Corp of Engineers has several parks and campgrounds that allow you the perfect opportunity to enjoy them.  One of these is the Chilatchee Creek Campground which is a small  campground that is remotely located in the northern part of Wilcox County on Chilatchee Creek. […]

Rooster Hall at Demopolis, AL (built 1843, listed on the NRHP)

This is one of the oldest buildings in Demopolis. It was built in 1843 by the Presbyterians of Demopolis using locally-made bricks. It served as their sanctuary until after the Civil War. During the reconstruction period, a garrison of Federal troops, stationed in Demopolis, moved the county seat from Linden, AL, and confiscated the Presbyterian […]

Alamuchee-Bellamy Covered Bridge at UWA Campus in Livingston, AL (built 1861)

The Alamuchee-Bellamy Covered Bridge, built in 1861, is one of the oldest covered bridges still existing in Alabama. It was originally constructed over the Sucarnoochee River by Confederate Army Captain William Alexander Campbell Jones on the main state road leading from Livingston to York, now U.S. Route 11. It was built using hand-hewn yellow pine […]

Auburn Rural Studio at Newbern, AL

Established in 1993 by architects Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee and D. K. Ruth, the Rural Studio is a part of Auburn University’s School of Architecture.  The Rural Studio is located in rural west Alabama in the small town of Newbern in Hale County.  Rural Studio students work directly with poor communities in west Alabama to improve […]

White Cliffs of Epes, AL

These white cliffs are located on the Tombigbee River at Epes AL.  They are part of the Selma Chalk formations which were deposited at about the same time as England’s famous white cliffs of Dover.  The cliffs at Epes are stunning in their own way as illustrated by the pictures that are provided.  These pictures were […]

St. Andrews Church at Gallion, AL (built 1853-1854, listed on the NRHP)

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, also known as St. Andrew’s Church, is a small Carpenter Gothic style church built in 1853-1854. The exterior of the church features wooden buttresses. It appears to have been built from a design in the book, Rural Architecture by architect Richard Upjohn. The building is virtually unaltered, with original pews, organ and […]

Reverie at Marion, AL (built ca. 1858, listed on the NRHP)

Reverie is a historic Greek Revival mansion built circa 1858 in Marion, AL.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) as a contributing property to the West Marion Historic District and was recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey.  It is featured in Ralph Hammond’s Antebellum Mansions of Alabama, Gregory Hatcher’s […]

Old Selma Depot Museum at Selma, AL (building built ca. 1890, listed on the NRHP)

The Old Depot Museum is located at the old L&N Railroad Depot at the end of historic Water Avenue in downtown Selma, AL. The Depot was built on the site of the Confederate Naval Foundry which was destroyed by Federal troops during the Battle of Selma in 1865.  The red brick, stone trimmed building of Romanesque […]

Rikard’s Mill Historical Park near Beatrice, AL

Rikard’s Mill Historical Park is owned and operated by the Monroe County Heritage Museums (MCHM). The park is located on Flat Creek near Beatrice, AL in Monroe County. The main feature of the park is Rikard’s Mill which is a water-powered grist mill. Jacob “Jake” Rikard (1806-1880) built his first grist mill at this location […]

Kirkwood at Eutaw, AL (began 1858, short a few materials at beginning of War)

Kirkwood is a historic plantation home in Eutaw, Alabama. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 17, 1976, due to its architectural significance. This is a Greek Revival style house with Italianate influences. Foster M. Kirksey began building the house in 1858. Construction was halted by the American Civil War, […]

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Gen. William J. Hardee Grave at Selma's Live Oak Cemetery

William J. Hardee (1815 – 1873) graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1838. He served in Florida during the Second Seminole War and was a veteran of the Mexican War. Hardee published Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics for the Exercise and Manoeuvres of Troops When Acting as Light Infantry or Riflemen, [...]

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Philadelphia Baptist Church at Tunnel Springs, AL (built c. 1913)

The Philadelphia Baptist congregation was established in 1840. The original church was located approximately two miles east of its present site. Slaves were invited to join the church and they soon comprised about half of the church membership. During the Reconstruction period following the Civil War, tensions arose between the Black and White members which [...]

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Talbird-Moore-Waite House at Marion, AL (built ca. 1852, listed on the NRHP)

This house was built circa 1852 by Dr. Henry Talbird, second president of Howard College. It was sold in 1856 to Isaac Billingsley and his wife, Ann Jane Moffett Billingsley. The Billingsley’s were prominent members of the Marion community. Isaac Billingsley was a wealthy planter and one of the largest slave owners in Perry County. He [...]

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Morning Star Baptist Church at Demopolis, AL (built 1920, listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage)

This church was built in 1920. In 1964, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the Morning Star Church and it became a center for the civil rights movement in the Demopolis area. This church was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on May 13, 1988. This church is located at 614 [...]

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The Selma Welcome Center at Selma, AL

If you are interested in visiting Selma, a good place to start is at the Selma Welcome Center located downtown at 132 Broad Street. The Welcome Center has a wonderful collection of area attractions. You can pick up brochures on each of Selma’s museums, choose from five self-guided tours including Selma’s Windshield Tour, Selma’s Ghost [...]

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Strother House at Selma, AL (c. 1903, listed on the NRHP)

This two-and-one-half story, Queen Anne house was built in 1903 for Henry Martin Smith, a brick company owner. Built of solid brick, the house features interior walls over a foot thick. Other features of the house include a double-tiered, wraparound, porch with an onion dome roof, bracketed cornice, a rounded bay and polygonal bay, and [...]

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Underwood Plantation Home at Pleasant Hill, AL (built ca. 1837, listed on the Alabama Register)

The Underwood Plantation Home, also known as “Black Thistle”, is a Greek Revival-style home that was built circa 1837 by the Greene Underwood Family. It was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on November 2, 1990. This house is located in the community of Pleasant Hill in east Dallas County at the [...]

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Platt-Lewis House at Selma, AL (built ca. 1849, listed on the NRHP)

This two-story Italianate-style home was built around 1849. It has elaborately bracketed eaves and woodwork. The house was purchased by Charles Lewis in 1856. According to local accounts, the home was saved from burning and looting during the Battle of Selma because Mr. Lewis was a Mason; it was saved by a fellow Mason, a [...]

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Carlowville Baptist Church at Carlowville, AL (built ca. 1834, listed on the NRHP)

Carlowville is a small community in southern Dallas County. Shown is the Carlowville Baptist Church. Local tradition attributes the design of this two-story church to the first pastor, Dr. Jessie Hartwell, a New Englander. The Baptist congregation organized in 1833 and they began construction of this church shortly thereafter. The building was originally Federal style [...]

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