The Hank Williams Trail
Why not spend several days (and nights) in Alabama experiencing the Hank Williams Trail - a must-do Trail for any country music fans.
Born in rural Butler County in 1923, you can see the small Mount Olive church where he learned to sing and his Georgiana Boyhood Home that is a popular museum, and which hosts the Hank Williams Festival each June.
Stroll the streets of Greenville where his mentor "Tee Tot" lived and visit downtown Andalusia, where Hank married Audrey Sheppard in 1944. Some 55 miles north of Georgiana on "The Lost Highway", the Hank Williams Museum is the perfect place to begin a tour of many Montgomery landmarks. View the powder-blue Cadillac inside. Enjoy Hank's favourite meal of a chilli dog and bottled Coca-Cola at Chris' Hot Dogs, open since 1917. Take in some of the nightlife at Nobles, where Hank Williams gave his last public performance. Walk to the site of his funeral and photograph the life-size Hanks Williams Statue that Hank Williams, Jr. donated. Visit the graves of Hank and Audrey at the Oakwood Cemetery Annex. Pilgrims gather each New Year's on the anniversary of his death in 1953.
Less than an hour north of Montgomery, arrange to stay in the Hank Williams Cabin, where he wrote "Kaw-liga" and "Your Cheatin' Heart". You can also spend the night at Birmingham's historic Redmont Hotel where Hank began his final journey.
The Hank Williams Trail Highlights:
Birmingham, Alabama - Hank Williams spent the night at the Redmont Hotel before leaving for the New Year's Day show in Canton, Ohio.
Kowaliga Beach, Alabama - Hank Williams retreated to a vacation cabin in Kowaliga Beach in the summer of 1952.
Montgomery, Alabama - Hank Williams lived in Montgomery from 1937-1948. He is also buried in Montgomery.
Hank Williams memorial Lost Highway - Highway 31 is the highway that Hank Williams travelled.
Greenville, Alabama - Greenville was Hank Williams' home from 1934-1937.
Georgiana, Alabama - Georgiana was Hank Williams' boyhood home from 1930-1934.
Mount Olive, Alabama - Hank Williams was born on September 17, 1923 at Mount Olive.
Andalusia, Alabama - Hank Williams married Audrey in 1944 at Andalusia.
For more information about these historic markers download the Hank Williams Trail Booklet.
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