Fairhope was founded in 1894 and quickly became the spot where many artists and authors spent time during the winter months. Many people flock to the fountain at the Municipal Pier when they need some time to think or relax. It is the perfect place with the sound of water flowing in the background. The Weeks Bay Nature Reserve is another beautiful place and many people visit to catch a glimpse of the pitcher plants that grow there.
Monroeville is the hometown of two prominent authors, Harper Lee and Truman Capote. Harper Lee’s book, To Kill a Mockingbird, brings tourists into this quaint town by the hundreds. Everyone who visits this town should stop into the Old Courthouse Museum to look at exhibits and photos of both Lee and Capote as well as the courthouse that was made famous in both Lee’s book and the movie.
The Chattahoochee River is the backdrop for this city and the name of the city was chosen from one of the three tribes that lived along the river. The city is filled with historic buildings including entire historic districts. The Seth Lore and Irwinton Historic District alone has 667 historic properties. One of the best ways for visitors to see what life was like back in the late 1880s until the early 1900s is to visit Fendall Hall.
The outdoors and music are two items that make Fort Payne the wonderful town that it is. No one will be able to resist venturing into DeSoto State Park, the Little River Canyon National Preserve, or the Manitou Cave. Country music fans will want to visit the museum that honors the country music group Alabama and learn more about how their music began in this little town.
History may be in the past, but the town of Tuscumbia uses their past successes to continue to grow for the future. Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia and her birthplace, Ivy Green, is now a museum. Every summer, local performers present the play, The Miracle Worker, which is based on Helen Keller’s life. The heart of the town is where the entire community can gather inside Spring Park. It is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or make a purchase at one of the numerous arts and crafts shows that are held there.