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Historical Places To Visit in Alabama

Updated on July 19, 2016

Sweet Home Alabama

Many close minded and ignorant people think Alabama is a muddy road trailer park state but, in fact many fascinating things and places are in this state.

Alabama has many attractions but the ones listed below are important in a historical context.

Alabama History

The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama has a sad and famous history attached to it.
The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama has a sad and famous history attached to it. | Source
Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama has a haunted history.
Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama has a haunted history. | Source
The Vulcan Statue in Birmingham, Alabama is made of iron and it towers over the red mountain expressway.
The Vulcan Statue in Birmingham, Alabama is made of iron and it towers over the red mountain expressway. | Source

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Must See Places in Alabama

The Alabama Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is inside Smith Hall at the University of Alabama.
The Alabama Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is inside Smith Hall at the University of Alabama. | Source
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park runs through three Alabama counties and covers over 1,500 acres of land.
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park runs through three Alabama counties and covers over 1,500 acres of land. | Source
The house where Helen Keller grew up and was taught how to do many things.
The house where Helen Keller grew up and was taught how to do many things. | Source

Ten Historical Places To visit in Alabama

1. USS Alabama-Battleship (Mobile, Alabama) This ship was actually used for the majority of the Steven Seagal film called Under Siege. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986. This Navy ship was used briefly during WW2, and it is now used as a museum in Mobile, Alabama. Many war relics and other Navy items are on display at the museum for visitors to see during the guided tour.

2. Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (Birmingham, Alabama) This church was bombed in the 1960's and it killed four young African American girls. It was a racially motivated act of violence that occurred during the Civil Rights Movement. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 2006. The Church is still in use today and it stands as a sign of racial harmony and as a memorial to the four young children who lost their lives at the church.

3. Sloss Furnaces (Birmingham, Alabama) Sloss was a blast furnace that produced pig-iron from it's opening in 1882 until it closed operations in 1971. The Furnaces still have many uses, even today. Each year at Sloss Furnaces, the following are being held annually, including a haunted house, music concerts, and an Interpretive Museum of Industry. In 1981, Sloss Furnaces was named a National Historic Landmark. Alabamians are very familiar with Sloss Furnace Horror Nights during the last two weeks of October every year for Halloween.

4. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, Alabama) This institute is a museum and research building that shows the hardships of African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. The Institute has hundreds of thousands of yearly visitors and it displays many multimedia items that show the turmoil of the times. Literature and other hands on exhibits are on permanent display including a Congressional Gold Medal which President Obama awarded to the four little girls who tragically lost their lives in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.

5. Vulcan Statue (Birmingham, Alabama) The Vulcan statue is located in Birmingham, Alabama and it's the biggest cast iron statue in the entire world. Vulcan also holds the distinction of being the seventh tallest free-standing statue on the planet. The iron statue has an elevator so that people can travel to the top of the statue. The accompanying park has woods and a great mountain look that allows you to view Birmingham from above which is beautiful at night.

6. Alabama Museum of Natural History (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) The Alabama Museum of Natural History is located inside of the University of Alabama. It's the oldest Museum in the state of Alabama. The Museum documents Alabama's history and the exhibits range from meteorites to fossils of small dinosaurs and from an extinct whale. If your ever visiting this fascinating museum be sure and check out all that the University has to offer while on your trip.

7. Tannehill Ironworks (McCalla, Alabama) The Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park is rich with history. This is a neat place to visit, and just a great park. In 1972, it was named to The National Register of Historic Places under the name Tannehill Furnace. The park itself sits on over 2,000 acres and it has a cotton gin and a Grist Mill among other rare things. Other than the historic value of the park Tannehill has a grand 18 hole Golf Course.

8. Helen Keller's Ivy Green Estate (Tuscumbia, Alabama) Helen Keller is not only Alabama's most inspirational success story but, one of the most admired women in American history. In 1954 Ivy Green was named to The National Register of Historic Places. The grounds has two small homes and a quarters for the maids. The actual Wale that Keller learned with is still their. The Helen Keller tour has an area outside that let's you view scenes from her life by watching through a protective glass cube. Each year in Tuscumbia, they have what is called The Helen Keller festival. There's always music, food, crafts and the beautiful park that this is set up in.

9. Fort Morgan State Historic Site (Gulf Shores) Fort Morgan hosts a variety of events throughout the calendar year including: a complete reenactment of the Civil War. It's a historic star fort as it's named because of its shape and formation. In 1966 Fort Morgan was listed on The National Register of Historic Places. Festivals and other events take place at Fort Morgan which was built soon after the end of The War of 1812.

10. Absalom Pratt House (Brierfield, Alabama) Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park is the location of the Absalom Pratt House. The house was originally built by Mr. Pratt in 1835 and it was officially restored in 1994. This home was built shortly after the end of the Creek War. It's free to visit the grounds and it well worth watching and learning a piece of Alabama history.


Located of Vulcan State Park (Birmingham, Alabama)

University of Alabama

The Alabama Crimson Tide college football team is one of the most successful in history.
The Alabama Crimson Tide college football team is one of the most successful in history. | Source

University of Alabama

To say that Alabamians take college football seriously, is an understatement. When the Auburn Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide play against each other, there's a special electricity in the air.

In Tuscaloosa, Alabama when the Tide wins a home game they party up and down the street.If the outcome of the game is a loss, at home, they still tend to party up and down the street.

USS Alabama

The USS Alabama is stationed on Mobile, Alabama.
The USS Alabama is stationed on Mobile, Alabama. | Source

Top Events at The Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex

WWE Wrestling
Music Concerts
Circus
Sports Events
Stage Plays
Taekwondo Tournaments
Six categories that constantly play host to the BJCC.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute houses some important facts and other items from the Civil Rights era.
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute houses some important facts and other items from the Civil Rights era. | Source

Neptune's Plunge at Splash Adventure WaterPark

Alabama's Splash Adventure Water Park

Splash Adventure Water Park is located in Bessemer, Alabama and it has several big tube slides, wave pool, lazy river and a kid's fun zone.

Besides water rides the park also hosts many events and special attractions every single season including live music concerts.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

A Tour Inside The USS Alabama

© 2014 Buster Johnson

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