Highway 231 at US 29
Troy, AL 36081
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The Boll Weevli Monument was built as a tribute to the agricultural pest, 'boll weevli'. This insect was said to have given H.M Sessions the idea of converting to peanut farming, who saw how this pest was destroying the original cotton farms in Enterprise. This led to the city's economic prosperity. Due to this tremendously positive turn of events, Bon Fleming, a local farmer decided to recognize the initially disastrous but ultimately fruitful effects of this insect. The monument consists of a woman holding a pedestal atop which there is a Boll Weevli insect.
Frank Jackson State Park is located at Covington County, near Opp, Alabama. This state park has facilities for fishing, swimming, boating, picnicking and camping. It covers an area of 2,050 acres (830 ha)and is operated by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Inspired by the English countryside, this 250-acre park features the Shakespeare Garden, which contains plants mentioned in the Bard's works. In addition, the manicured grounds include other gardens, outdoor sculptures, a thatched-roof pavilion, lakes, trails, picnic areas, and a 325-seat amphitheater. Also located within the Cultural Park are the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Theater and the Alabama Museum of Art. Symphony concerts, ballet performances, a Renaissance festival, Scottish Highland games, and art fairs are among the many events the park holds throughout the year.
The sheer enormity of the Library on the Auburn University Campus is enough to make anyone's jaw drop. With a vast database covering an array of subjects, this library consists of some of the greatest academic works in history. It is a highly resourceful source of information for the students of the University.
Enjoying life is what free masons are known for and 'Alcazar Shrine' serves as a venue to do just that. With a history that dates back to several decades this place is more of a fraternity than a religious place. Established by Dr. Walter Millard Fleming, this place organizes cocktail and dinner parties. They also run a hospital for children.
Alabama Governor's Mansion is the private address of the Governor of Alabama and family. This 17-room mansion is surrounded by a beautiful garden and is an example of Neoclassical Revival architecture. Built in 1907, it features on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the characteristics in its design include a double staircase, a pergola and a grotto.
Featured on the National Register for Historic Places, The First White House of the Confederacy is a significant landmark in Montgomery. Montgomery became the Confederate capital in 1861, which is when the First White House of the Confederacy was conceived. Best known as the former residence of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family, the house itself showcases Italianate architecture and the interiors are furnished with a number of original pieces. The house also features exhibits on Jefferson Davis and the circumstances of the Civil War.
The political center of Montgomery houses the Civil Rights Memorial. The memorial was designed in order to pay tribute to the 40 individuals who lost their lives during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through carved timelines, names and quotes, the site tells visitors the story of the struggles and achievements of the fighters during the political movement. A site steeped in history, it also houses a library and museum. The Wall of Tolerance is an interesting concept that displays the names of pledged visitors who have 'taken a stand against hate' and work to propagate justice and tolerance. Every story displayed here and every exhibit presented is indeed quite touching and inspirational. Certainly, a site worth discovering.
A National Historic Landmark, the Alabama State Capitol is also included in the National Register of Historic Places. The capitol is actually the state's fourth capitol building and was designed in the Greek revival style with a hint of Beaux-Arts in 1851, and has been renovated several times. In 1861, when the Confederacy was formed, the building served as the capitol of the Confederate States of America. Now, open to visitors, one can explore important areas like the old governors office and old senate chamber among others. You can visit and explore this historical landmark sans any admission price.
The Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church is where the great Dr. Martin Luther King Junior began his movement for civil rights. The church not only holds regular services, but also offers tours to those who would like to explore the rich history of the church. There are specific sections of the church where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered motivational speeches; the Dexter Parsonage Museum is situated a few blocks away. This was also the epicenter of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. A visit to Montgomery would not be complete without a trip to this National Historic Landmark.
Taking up six blocks in the historic district of Montgomery, Old Alabama Town aims at showcasing architectural and cultural history of the state of Alabama. The site includes 19th- and 20th-century structures that have been restored and preserved such as one-room schoolhouses, grist mills, cotton gins and more. This place also conducts interesting events and activities including the Alabama Book Festival. For information on tours, do visit their website.
Union Station or Montgomery Station was built in 1898 by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company but by the 1960s the station was hardly used anymore and was eventually closed in 1979 by Amtrack. It now serves as a unique concert venue and also houses a visitor's center. The Union Station Train Shed has been declared a Monument of Historic Importance.