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.
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.
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.
1835 Italianate-style house. Executive residence of President Jefferson Davis and family while the capitol of the Confederacy was in Montgomery. Furnished with original period pieces.
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.