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Explore Alabama! Places to visit in all 67 counties.

From the Shoals to the 'Shores, there are exciting and educational sites to visit near your home and across the state.

To get you started on your Alabama adventures, here are links to a few EOA articles, arranged by county, about historic destinations in every corner of the state.

Note: The Encyclopedia of Alabama created this page to support the Alabama PastPort booklet, which was developed during the state’s celebration of its 200th anniversary of statehood in 2019.

The McWilliams-Smith-Rice House in Prattville houses the Autauga County Heritage Center


Constructed between 1819 and 1834, Fort Morgan is located on Mobile Point at the entrance to Mobile Bay. The fort played an important role in the 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay and today serves as a living history museum operated by the Alabama Historical Commission.


Eufaula's Fendall Hall, completed in 1860, is one of the finest examples of Italianate architecture in Alabama. The house formerly belonged to the prominent Young family and is now a museum open to the public.


Brierfield Iron Works is an industrial site near Montevallo, Shelby County, that was owned and operated by Josiah Gorgas in the late 1860s.


The Easley Covered Bridge, located in Rosa, central Blount County, spans the Dub Branch of the Little Warrior River. It is the smallest remaining covered bridge in Blount County.


This mural of a hunting party and their bird dogs adorns the wall of a pediatric clinic in downtown Union Springs, Bullock County.


The historic Greenville Depot highlights the West Commerce Street Historic District and is symbolic of the major role the railroad played in making Greenville, Butler County, a regional trade center.


The Freedom Rider Murals in Anniston, Calhoun County, commemorate the attacks on civil rights volunteers at the city's Greyhound bus station in May 1961.


This eight-foot-tall bronze statue of the


Little River Falls on the Little River is located on the border between Cherokee and DeKalb Counties.


The museum at Confederate Memorial Park in Chilton County contains exhibits on Alabama's role during the Civil War and on the site's history as the only state-run home for Confederate veterans following the war.


Wilson's Grist Mill is the centerpiece of Broadhead Memorial Park in Needham, Choctaw County.


The Clarke County Historical Museum is located in the Greek Revival-style Alston-Cobb House, headquarters of the Clarke County Historical Society.


The Clay County Courthouse in Ashland was built in 1906 in the Classical Revival architectural style.


The end of Bald Rock Trail atop Cheaha Mountain in Cheaha State Park takes visitors to Alabama's highest point, at 2,407 feet.


The Boll Weevil Monument is located in the middle of the intersection of Main Street and College Street in downtown Enterprise, Coffee County.


This cottage on the grounds of Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Colbert County, is the birthplace of Helen Keller.


The Old Post Office in the community of Paul, Conecuh County opened in 1908 and was named after the Apostle Paul at the request of the townspeople.


The old Coosa County Jail, also called Old Rock Jail, was built in what would become Rockford in 1842 and is the oldest stone jail in the state.


The Three Notch Museum in Andalusia, Covington County, includes an historic post office and exhibits of railroad memorabilia and other aspects of the city's and county's history.


Patsiliga Creek is a coastal waterway that originates in and runs through much of Crenshaw County.


The Ave Maria Grotto is located in Cullman on the grounds of Saint Bernard Abbey, the state's only Benedictine monastery.


The United States Army Aviation Museum, located at Fort Rucker, Dale County, has a large collection of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft dating from the 1910s.


A view of the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River.


DeSoto Falls is located in DeSoto State Park, near the eastern border of DeKalb County.


This reconstructed French fort is part of the Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson National Historic Park on the Coosa River.


The current Escambia County courthouse in Brewton was built in 1960.


Noccalula Falls in Gadsden is a 100-foot waterfall located in a city park.


The Fayette Art Museum in Fayette County displays the work of local artists such as renowned outsider artist Jimmy Lee Sudduth.


Memorabilia from country music star Tammy Wynette form the bulk of the collections in the Red Bay Museum in Red Bay, Franklin County.


Constitution Oak is located at Fowler Park in Geneva, southern Geneva County.


The first seat of Greene County was Erie, but residents voted to move the seat to Eutaw in 1838.


Researchers at Moundville Archaeological Park have constructed a re-creation of a Mississippian compound, complete with structures and protective wall.


Built around 1870, the Bethune-Kennedy House in Abbeville, Henry County, was first owned by physician William Calvin Bethune.


A family visits Landmark Park in Dothan, Houston County.


An interior view of Russell Cave in Jackson County.


The statue of Vulcan stands on Red Mountain overlooking the city of Birmingham.


The Moore-Hill House, also known as the Old Stagecoach Inn, was constructed on Andrew Jackson's Military Road outside present-day Sulligent, Lamar County, in 1834.


An exterior view of the Rosenbaum House in Florence, Lauderdale County, reveals architect Frank Lloyd Wright's propensity for low-pitched rooflines and walls consisting of unbroken banks of windows.


The Oakville Indian Mounds, near Moulton in central Lawrence County, may belong to the Copena Mortuary Complex, a cultural subgroup of the Woodland period marked by settlements with elaborate burial mounds containing artifacts that indicated the status of those interred.


The Lee County Courthouse in downtown Opelika was built in 1896 in the Classical Revival style and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


The post office, pictured here, was constructed in 1840 and is the oldest operating post office in the state.


The Lowndes Interpretative Center in White Hall was built in 2006 to honor the legacy of the Selma to Montgomery March.


The George Washington Carver Museum was established on the campus of Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Macon County, in 1941 to honor educator and inventor George Washington Carver.



Bluff Hall, built in 1832 by plantation owner Allen Glover, is among the many historic homes still standing in Demopolis.


The railroad depot in the city park in Brilliant, Marion County, was built in the town of Boston in the late nineteenth century and is the only depot still standing in the county.


Cathedral Caverns, in Marshall County, was originally named Bats Cave.


The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile pays tribute to memory of fallen U.S. servicemen, with the World War II-era battleship USS Alabama as its centerpiece.


The old Monroe County Courthouse, built in Monroeville in 1903, today serves as a central component of the Monroe County Heritage Museum and as part of the setting of an annual theatrical adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.


The Alabama State Capitol stands at the heart of Montgomery's historic district.


The Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic is held every Memorial Day Weekend at Point Mallard Park in Decatur, northwestern Morgan County.


The Old City Hall building is located on the campus of the Marion Military Institute and serves as its Alabama Military Hall of Honor Museum.


The U.S. Snagboat Montgomery lies moored on the Tombigbee River near the Tom Bevill Visitors Center and Museum in Pickens County.


The Pioneer Museum of Alabama in Troy, central Pike County, includes 17 historical buildings housing more than 16,000 artifacts. The museum opened in 1971.


Lake Wedowee is the local name for Harris Reservoir, located in western Randolph and eastern Clay counties.


Eufaula artist Kathy Hamrick stands next to Sacred Fire, at the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center in Fort Mitchell, eastern Russell County.


An Alabama elementary school class visits American Village, a living-history park centered on the theme of liberty and the founding of the United States located in Montevallo, Shelby County.


The John Looney House near Ashville, St. Clair County, is an outstanding example of the

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The Spence-Moon House in Livingston, Sumter County, was built in 1834 by planter James H. Spence.


Talladega's Art Deco Ritz Theatre was built in the 1930s and was originally opened as a


An interpretive sign educates visitors to Horseshoe Bend in Tallapoosa County on the site of the final battle of the Creek War of 1813-14, where Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the Red Stick Creeks in March 1814.


Tuscaloosa was the capital of Alabama from 1826 until 1846, when the legislature voted to move it to Montgomery.


The Bankhead House and Museum in Jasper, Walker County, was built in 1925 as the family home of Alabama politician William B. Bankhead.


St. Stephens became the capital of the Alabama Territory in 1817 and served as the seat of Washington County.


The Gee's Bend Quilt Mural Trail was created in 2007 to highlight the world-renowned quilts produced by the artisans of the Gee's Bend community in Wilcox County.


Double Springs is the Winston County seat and is located within the William B. Bankhead National Forest.


This site was created with support from the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.