Historical Sites and Homes in Alabama
Return to the roots of Alabama’s greats. See sprawling plantations and humble cabins tucked away in the rolling hillsides or seated along the mouth of the Mobile Bay.
In the Gulf Coast region you will discover Mobile’s well-preserved homes from the Greek Revival style of Oakleigh to the Italianate style of the Richards DAR House. Head to Clanton in the Lake Eufaula region and visit the Octagon House - the only octagon-style architecture remaining in the state. Eufaula is home to Alabama’s oldest annual tour of homes. In Tuskegee, pay tribute to Booker T. Washington and Tuskegee University at The Oaks. Or walk in the footsteps of courage at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, where Helen Keller was born. Built in 1820, the site hosts a performance of The Miracle Worker each summer to retell her remarkable story.
Old Alabama Town
Old Alabama Town is a six-block recreation of 19th and early 20th century towns, depicting the lives of the people who settled and developed Central Alabama, Set in downtown Montgomery, it showcases a cross-section of architecture, history, and lifestyles from the period. The tour is self-guided, but there are regular demonstrations - such as blacksmithing - which help give Old Alabama Town an immersive atmosphere.
The First White House of the Confederacy was the Executive Residence of President Jefferson Davis and family while the capitol of the Confederacy was in Montgomery, Alabama. The house served as the first White House of the Confederacy from February 1861 until May 1861, when the Confederate capital moved to Richmond, Virginia. Furnished with original period pieces from the 1850s and 1860s, the 1835 Italianate style house is open to the public. It is located across from the Alabama State Capitol and a few blocks from Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church.
Raphael Semmes moved to Alabama in 1842. When Alabama withdrew from the Union in 1861, Semmes resigned from the U.S. Navy and was made a commander in the confederate Navy. He was promoted to Captain and assumed command of the C.S.S. Alabama. During its 22-month career as a commerce raider, the Alabama cruised for nearly 75,000 miles and captured 65 union vessels worth more than $6 million.
Arlington Antebellum Home in Birmingham
If you're looking for something fun during the Halloween Season join the Southern Ghost Girls Tours & Paranormal Investigations. Lead Paranormal Investigator Lesley Ann will lead you on a real live interactive paranormal investigation of Birmingham's only surviving antebellum home from the Civil War Era, Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens. The home has a very interesting past including stories of the early founders of Birmingham and a romance that suffered a tragic ending. Be a part of the excitement and experience a live paranormal investigation, if you’ve ever wanted to participate in something like this at a Historic Antebellum Home ....this is the perfect opportunity. Even the seasoned paranormal investigator will enjoy this!
Jefferson Davis was sworn in as President of the Confederate States of America on Feb. 18, 1861. A star on the Capitol steps marks the inauguration.
65-acre estate garden blooms every day. 15-room museum home, bayou boardwalk. Southern Belle sightseeing river cruise. Magic Christmas in Lights. Café, gift shop.
One of Gulf Coast's grandest estates and most photographed building in Mobile today. 20-room mansion, built in 1855, offers visitors rare opportunity to glimpse life as lived in Old South
National landmark; symbol of momentous changes in Selma, Alabama, America and world. Figured prominently in Voting Rights struggle when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led marchers across bridge on journey toward voting rights attainment.
Only house remaining that Hank Williams lived in prior to Nashville stardom. Opened as museum in 1993. Memorabilia, artifacts, pictures, personal belongings.
Built in 1820 by Helen Keller's grandfather. Infant Helen Keller developed high fever that took her sight and hearing. Each summer, The Miracle Worker, depicting how she overcame her handicaps, is re-enacted here
Three museums, one site: Oakleigh, a beautiful Greek revival home, is Mobile's official antebellum museum; Cox-Deasy, c. 1850 Creole cottage; Mardi Gras Cottage with 19th- and early 20th-century collection.
The Tuskegee Airmen fought war on two fronts: axis powers overseas and racism at home. Through exhibits, audio-visual programs, historic buildings and guided walks, step back in time and share in the Tuskegee Experience.