While the Auburn Day trips may not be as historical as some of the other better known trips, there is still a lot of history that surrounds this small college town.
And like all SEC football fans know, it will all start with Auburn football and all of its traditional and sites to visit starting with Jordan Hare Stadium.
However, contrary to what a lot of football fans may think, there is a lot more to the city of Auburn than just football.
Located about 30 miles west of the Alabama/Georgia border, it sets in the lower Middle East side of the state.
As far as the day driving trips go, it is 57 miles from Montgomery, 110 miles from Birmingham on US highway 280, and 167 Miles on US highway 82 to the other town with a major college football team, Tuscaloosa.
Settled in 1832, this quaint little town was first occupied by the Creek Indians until the first white settlers arrived in the winter of 1836, from Harris County Georgia.
The original founders, led by Judge John J. Harper, wanted to make the settlement a religious and educational center for the entire area.
They hit a home run with the educational part, as the University of Auburn has one of the finest nursing colleges in the entire south, as well as one of the finest overall institutions for higher education.
However, when the Civil was started, the settlement of Auburn emptied very quickly, as all of the schools closed and most of the businesses shut down.
While the town saw very little action in the war, it was the site of a confederate hospital.
After the Civil war, the settlement entered into a long depression until the Hatch Act of 1887, which allowed for expansion of agricultural research facilities at the school.
However, all that has gradually changed and in the 1980’s and 1990’s Auburn school systems overall are some of the best in the state.
However, more importantly, the University of Auburn is recognized as one of the finest Academic Institutions of Higher Education in the country.
The first list of Auburn Day trips includes the following historic places to see in this quaint little town. Here are the following places that are listed in the National Register
It is important to note again that in order to be eligible to be listed on the National Register, a property or a district MUST PASS a rigorous evaluation.
This evaluation includes its age, integrity, and its overall significance to the history of the local area and the state.
First on the list of Auburn Day trips is Auburn Players Theater, which was built in 1851.
It is located on 139 South College Street and is the oldest public structure in the city.
It has functioned as a hospital during the Civil War, the YMCA headquarters, as well temporary classroom space for the University.
It‘s current function is a as a Chapel for the University. Next on the list of Auburn day trips is Auburn University Historic District, which is a collection of buildings from the 1850’s to the very early 1900’s.
It was listed in the National Registry on June 3rd, 1976.
Culler’s Rotation is next of the list, and it is located on Woodfield Drive.
This site is significant for one reason: fertilizer experiments. In the early 1900’s the Alabama Agricultural and Experiment Station—now the University of Auburn, received funding to conduct fertilizer experiments.
One of those locations selected was the J.A.Cullar farm, and it is the only one of over 200 farms selected that has been maintained to this day.
The Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church is next on the list of Auburn Day trips and was built by newly freed slaves in 1870 and was listed in the National Register in 1975.
The Old President’s Mansion is next on the list and is known today as Cater Hall. It was originally built in 1915 and was the home of the President of the University until 1938. It was listed on August 29, 2003.
The rest of the list of Auburn Day trips includes Noble Hall, listed in March of 1972, Old Rotation, listed on February 14, 1988, and the Scott-Yarborough House, listed on April 16, 1975.
The U.S. Post Office built in 1933 and listed in June of 1983 as well as Sunny Slope, a 2500-acre plantation, which is also listed of the National Register.
The Cullars Rotation is a soil fertility experiment that is located on the campus of Auburn University, in Auburn Alabama.
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Pebble Hill, which is also known as the Scott-Yarbrough House, is an antebellum (pre-civil war) cottage that is located in Auburn, Alabama.
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The Southeastern Rapture Center is something you may not be very familiar with, even if you are from the State of Alabama.
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Toomers Corner is one of the most fabled addresses not only in the history of Auburn football, but in the history SEC football.
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Most Auburn fans know and understand the term War Eagle does not have a single meaning; in other words, it is not a battle cry, a motto, a yell, or a greeting.
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