- Tannehill Historical State Park.
- Follow I-59/20 about 25 miles toward Birmingham, take the Abernant/Bucksville
exit #100, turn right and follow the signs. Tannehill is the birthplace of
the Birmingham iron industry and is built around the ruins of the pre-Civil
War Tannehill Ironworks. In Tannehill there are more than 1,500 acres preserved
for hiking, camping and recreation. A miniature railroad chugs through the
pines. From spring through fall, the blacksmith, miller and craftsmen demonstrate
their trades. Craft shops (Open weekends, March - November) occupy restored
pioneer cabins and artisans chat with visitors from their front porches. Steeped
in history, Tannehill feels timeless. The cotton gin, pioneer farm and working
gristmill preserve a long-gone way of life. Hiking trails retrace historic
roadways. Artifacts of Alabama’s 19th century iron industry displayed in the
Alabama Iron and Steel Museum(Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Weekends 10
a.m. - 5 p.m.) put in perspective the massive stone furnaces, Tannehill's
awe-inspiring centerpiece. Campground accommodations, both primitive and improved,
are plentiful. Horseback riding excursions are available at Tannehill Trails.
The third weekend of each month, from March through November, shoppers and
swappers come from far and near to Tannehill Trade Days in search of tools,
clothing, jewelry, knives, furniture and other treasures. Other events include
a dulcimer festival, gem and mineral show, woodcarvers show, educational programs
for school children, a Labor Day celebration and Christmas candlelight tour.
(Park open daily 7 am to sunset)
$2.00 Adults (12 years and older)
$1.00 Children (Ages 6-11) ages 5 and under free
- GM&O Depot, Centreville
- From Tuscaloosa, follow U.S. Hwy 82 east just before the Cahaba River in
Centreville. The restored depot was once the Centreville train station and
has been moved to its present location near the Cahaba River. It now houses
the Bibb County Chamber of Commerce
and Visitor's Center. A walk through the depot conjures up nostalgic
memories of long ago journeys. Behind the depot sits a caboose, quietly encouraging
your imagination. (M-F 8-12, 1-5)
- Located 14 miles south of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Highway 69 South. From
Highway I-20/59 take exit 71A and proceed 13 miles south. The park entrance
will be located on your right on Highway 69. Moundville Archaeological Park
preserves 320 acres of one of the largest and most powerful prehistoric Native
American communities in the Southeast during the Mississippian period, A.D.
1000-15000. The 20 mounds are a monument to the prehistoric ceremonial and
economic center for a population of 3,000 Native Americans. Artifacts unearthed
during archaeological excavations are on display in the Museum and educational
videos are available for viewing in the theater. Campsites, nature trails,
and picnic areas are also available. The park is open daily from 8:00 a.m.
to 8:00 p.m. The Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. year-round.
Under 5: Free
- Kentuck Museum
- Historic downtown Northport, Alabama, is our address. Nestled around a landscaped
courtyard, you'll find the Kentuck Museum of Art, the Gallery at Kentuck and
the acclaimed Kentuck Studio Artists. Sometimes eclectic, occasionally experimental,
the Gallery at Kentuck showcases the work of up-and-comers, while the Kentuck
Museum of Art exhibits bimonthly exhibits of nationally known and established
artists. Kentuck Arts Center is located at 503 Main Avenue,
Northport. From Tuscaloosa, take Lurleen Wallace Blvd, North over the Hugh
Thomas bridge, take the Northport exit and turn left to Main Avenue. The
gift shop features pottery, glass, textiles and wood items handcrafted by
regional artists. The Kentuck Art Center houses studio space for nationally
recognized artists and craftsmen. (Monday-Saturday 9-5).
- Vaughn-Morrow House
- Located in downtown Eutaw is home to the Greene County Visitor's Center.
Eutaw has over 70 old and historic homes, buildings and markers. Many of these
are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Fayette Art Museum,
- Devoted to such folk artists as Jimmy Lee Sudduth (one of the South's best
known folk artists and Fayette resident), Sybil Gibson, Benjamin Perkins,
this museum houses a permanent collection of 3500 pieces. Other folk art and
mainstream 20th-century American art are also highlighted. The
Civic Center also houses a performing arts theater and the Evelyn Walker
Robertson Historical Museum with Civil War and other period memorabilia.
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West Alabama Attractions:
The source for the information presented above is:
West Alabama Planning & Development Council
4200 Hwy 69 North, Suite 1
Northport, AL 35476
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