From the oldest Carnival celebration in the country to the birth of America's space program,
Alabama is deep in rich culture, innovation and historic sites that give history lovers an
inspiring experience of the past, including annual event happenings that highlight the history of this country.
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, discover Mobile’s well-preserved homes,
from the Greek Revival style of
to the Italianate style of the
Richards DAR House.
Head to Clanton in the Lake Eufaula region and visit the
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 1899 home was built by students and faculty with bricks made by the students.
Or walk in the footsteps of courage at
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.
Take a step into history at any of Alabama’s Civil War historical sites.
You can stand on the spot where Jefferson Davis received the oath of office for president of the Confederate
States of America or tour the
First White House of the Confederacy.
Confederate Memorial Park
began as the only home for Confederate veterans. Today, you can see uniforms, weapons and graves,
and learn about the old soldiers who spent their lives there. Some 18 reenactments take place
annually across the state.
A melting pot in the South, Alabama is home to French, Italian, Greek, German and other worldwide influences.
was founded in 1702, and its French heritage is seen in the oldest Mardi Gras festival and the architecture.
welding history has brought hundreds of thousands of immigrants through the Magic City, lending to a
food-Mecca of Greek meat-and-threes, a Southern staple.
history is rich with German influence, home to
delicious German food, visit the Space and Rocket Center or see a show at the Von Braun Center.
Alabama celebrates its 200th birthday by honoring the state's rich history,
beautiful places, and diverse people.
Bicentennial events and activities
will be held across Alabama's 67 counties to commemorate its path to statehood. From small
towns to big cities and mountains to coastlines, every inch of Alabama is unique and
by "Discovering Our Places"
is focusing on just that in 2017. In 2018, "Honoring Our People" will highlight those who made Alabama great. Storytelling will
be the center of the celebration in Alabama's 200th year as, in 2019, "Sharing Our Stories"
will present Alabamians' timeless experiences.
Explore Alabama's rich Native American history at the
Indian Mound and Museum
The mound is the largest domiciliary mound in the Tennessee Valley, and the museum houses a large
collection of Native American relics found in the area, with chronological displays and explanations
Whether you're looking to hear the whistle of an old steam engine racing down the tracks or
want to visit a reconstructed Native American village, you'll find it all in Alabama. Our
diverse museums and historic places chronicle natural history, the struggle for civil rights,
art from across the centuries and many other topics that could keep history buffs busy for
years. Alabama boasts 1,200 sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places, including
36 National Historic Landmarks and one National Monument.