There are numerous Alabama Historical Sites that you can see in this beautiful state, but there are 12 that stand out.
While this state is ranked in the middle of the country in both physical size as well as population, it is extremely rich in history.
It has a very deep heritage in both the Civil War as well as the fight for Civil Rights, and most of that history will be found in the many museums located in the state.
Alabama is blessed to be rich in both mineral wealth as well as natural flowing water, and this is what led too much of this state’s history and these sites.
The first six of the Alabama Historical Sites are rich in this history and are located at several different locations in our beautiful state.
Here is the first list.
The Alabama Constitution Park and Museum
The first of the Alabama Historical Sites is the Alabama Constitution Park and Museum.
Located in downtown Huntsville, this historic park is a living history of the myriad of events that led up to Alabama’s statehood.
It provides visitors with a glimpse of what life was like in the Federal Period and is made up of 16 different structures.
They represent the period of years for 1805 to 1819 and were rebuilt on the original site of the 1819 Conditional Convention.
This is the site where Alabama’s statehood came to life and was formed.
The American Village
The American Village is next on the list of Alabama historical sites, and it is located in the town of Montevallo, in Shelby County.
Situated on over 200 acres, it is an educational complex that was built to teach about the foundation of our country in the Revolutionary War era.
It has classrooms, a theatre, as well as museums that provide educational experiences for the visitor.
It is staffed with both educational as well as historical interpreters.
The Bottle Creek Site
The Bottle Creek Site, other that Moundville, is considered to be the most important Native American site in the state.
It is located on Mound Island, in the heart of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, and is the largest collection of mounds on the northern Gulf Coastal Plain.
The area where it is located was believed to have first been settled by Native Americans in the mid 1200’s.
It is also believed that it was the center of the Pensacola culture of Native Americans for over 300 years, before the Europeans arrived.
It was declared a National Historic Landmark on March 10, 1995.
The Confederate Memorial Park
Next on the list of Alabama Historical Sites is the Confederate Memorial Park, which is located in Chilton County.
It was the home of the Confederate Soldiers Home, which was operated from 1902 to 1939, for aging veterans and their families from the Civil War.
In addition to two Confederate cemeteries, it has other historic structures as well as a museum.
It offers visitors educational as well as artifacts that relate to this Bloody War.
The Confederate Monument on Capitol Hill
The next of the Alabama Historical Sites is the Confederate Monument, which is located on Capitol Hill in Montgomery Alabama.
This 88-foot-tall structure commemorates the 120,000 plus Alabamians the fought for the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
It was dedicated to these brave soldiers on December 7th, 1898.
Fort Mitchell is next on the list of Alabama Historical Sites, and it was first established in the year 1812.
Located in Russell Country near Phenix City, it sets near a horse path that allowed early white settlers to cross over Creek Land.
These early settlers that traveled from Georgia to the Mississippi Territory had to travel this route, and this Fort was very active until the year 1840, when it was abounded.
It was dedicated a National Historic Landmark in 1990 and has been reconstructed.
The trail that it was located on become known as the Federal Road and was named after the former Governor of Georgia.
There are several exhibits for the visitor to see, in addition to the historic fort.
Fort Morgan and Gaines
Fort Morgan and Gaines are the first on this list of the Alabama Historical Sites and are located on opposite sides of the Mobile Channel.
These forts were built in the early 1800’s to protect the coastline, but during the Civil War they were used by the Confederate Army,
They were used again in both World War I and World War II to protect our coastline and are both preserved now as historic sites.
They were both built as part of the Third System of Fortifications, which were built in the aftermath of the War of 1812.
The Governor’s Mansion
Next on the list is the Governor’s Mansion, which is still the official state residence of the governor of Alabama.
Located in the Historical Garden District Neighborhood in Montgomery, it has been the home of the active Governor of the State since 1951.
It is the second of the only two state owned governor mansions and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
The next of the Alabama Historical Sites is the Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, which was established to preserve the historic battle that occurred there.
This battle was the final conflict in the Creek Indian War of 1813-1814 and is named after a bend in the Tallapoosa River.
It is a 2,000 plus Acre Park that was established by an act of Congress in 1956 and proclaimed as a military park in 1959 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Next on the list of Alabama Historical Sites is Millers Pottery, which is one of the only few remaining traditional potteries in the entire Country.
The Miller family that owns Millers Pottery still uses the pure Alabama Clay of Perry County, to make their products.
It uses the traditions that their ancestors brought with them from Europe.
In recent years this family has added a national clientele of folk-art collectors to both their local customers, as well as their regional stores.
Rikard’s Mill Historical Park
The final site on the list of Alabama Historical Sites is Rikard’s Mill Historical Park, located on Flat Creek in Beatrice Alabama.
It has operated as grist mill since the mid 1840’s, and both the mill and the park are open to visitors.
Shortly after it was first built a flood hit Flat Creek, and totally demolished the original structure.
It was rebuilt in 1868 and was restored in the year 1999.
The American Village, located in Montevallo Alabama, has three major objectives it is trying to accomplish with visitors and young people.
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Bottle Creek is considered to be one of the most important prehistoric Native American sites not only in Alabama, but in the entire southeast.
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Fort Gaines is considered by most experts to be one of the nation’s best preserved Civil War era masonry structures.
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Fort Morgan was part of a two-fort coastal defense system, which was put in place by the United States after the war of 1812.
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The Confederate Memorial Park is located in Chilton County Alabama and is one of the nation’s largest Civil War parks.
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The Moundsville Archaeological Park
The Moundsville Archaeological Park is not only one of the most interesting historic sites in Alabama; it is one of the most interesting in the country.
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