The list of Tuscaloosa day trips is quite extensive, and believe it or not, there are several items on the list that are not related to Alabama Football.
While the top attractions will always be related to the historic football program, there are other attractions that are related to its rich history.
They included the Civil war era as well as the Civil rights era.
What most people do not realize is that from the years 1826 until 1846, Tuscaloosa was the state capital of Alabama.
During the Civil war and following Alabama’s succession from the Union, several thousand men from the Tuscaloosa area fought in the confederate armies.
During the last weeks of the war, a large brigade of Union troops raided the city, and burned the campus of the university.
The Tuscaloosa area was also involved in the Civil rights movement, as was the rest of the state.
In 1952, Autherine Lucy was admitted to the University of Alabama as a graduate student, but her admission was rescinded.
It was rescinded after the authorities at the University discovered that she was not white.
After 3 years of court battles and with help from the NAACP, she was finally admitted.
Fist on the list of the Tuscaloosa day trips has to be Bryant-Denny Stadium.
This world-famous outdoor stadium on the campus of the University of Alabama is home to the Crimson Tide football team of the Southeastern Conference, the SEC.
Opened over 90 years ago in 1929, it was named Denny Stadium in honor of George H. Denny, the schools President from 1912 to 1932.
In 1975 the state legislature added long time and legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant to the stadiums name.
With a seating capacity of 101,821, it is the fourth largest in the SEC and 7th largest in the country.
The Paul W. Bryant Museum
Next of the list is the Paul W. Bryant Museum, which is located on the campus of the University of Alabama.
The museum was founded in the year 1988 to house the history of Alabama football with special emphasis on the legendary coach, Bear Bryant.
Among the exhibits is a Waterford Crystal hounds-tooth hat, which commemorates the Coach’s headwear and the Daniel Moore Painting used to create a 32-cent U.S. postage stamp.
The museum also houses a research room where all of Alabama games can be viewed and studied.
The Tuscaloosa Riverwalk
Next on the list of Tuscaloosa day trips is the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk.
The Riverwalk is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail, located near the city of Tuscaloosa.
It features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is used primarily for walking, trail running, road biking, as well as canoeing.
It is also a dog friendly trail.
Children’s Hands on Museum at Tuscaloosa
If you have small children, the Children’s Hands on Museum is a must see on your Tuscaloosa day trips list.
Also known as CHOM, they really mean what they say.
Children of all ages can come and explore, create, and discover every time they visit. There are three floors of fun for families and school trips as well.
There are also 25 exhibits that offer newborns though age 13 a fabulous place just for them.
The Jemison-Van de Graff Mansion
Next on the list is the Jemison-Van de Graff Mansion.
It is a historic structure that remained a private residence until 1955. It has served as a library, a publishing house, and is now a historic-house museum.
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 19, 1972, because of its architectural significance.
The Battel-Friedman House
The Battel-Friedman House is next on the list of Tuscaloosa day trips, and it is a historic house museum as well as a civic and cultural center.
It is named for two families that resided in the home and it along with the Jemison-Van de Graff Museum and the Old Tavern are all maintained by the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society.
Murphy-Collins House & African Museum
The Murphy-Collins House & African Museum is next on the list and Mr. Will J. Murphy was the first licensed black mortician in the city.
He built this two-story craftsman bungalow in the early 1920’s as his private residence.
He used materials from the old state capital that salvaged when it burned down.
These materials included such items as bricks and windowsills. It is also the home of the Murphy African Museum.
The Old Tavern Museum
The Old Tavern Museum is the final stop on the list of Tuscaloosa day trips, and it will not disappoint you.
The house itself was built in 1827 by Innkeeper William Dunton. It was once an old tavern and hotel on the stagecoach route into Tuscaloosa.
It was one of the last 19th century inns that remain in the state of Alabama.
These Tuscaloosa day trips all offer something different, and each have their own benefits.
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