Ever since the smash hit Broadway musical Hamilton debuted, it has become cool to be into history.
But even as amazing as that musical is, I would like to argue that history has always been cool – you just need to experience it.
Some of it you can find in your own backyard, and there are plenty of spaces to do that in Huntsville, AL.
As a self-proclaimed history nerd, one of my favorite things to do is check out all of the history hot spots in Huntsville.
These places are full of Alabama history, art history, military history, and more.
Take a trip back in time to the 1800s, where delegates of the constitutional convention met to organize Alabama as the 22nd state.
The state constitution was signed in the exact spot where Constitution Village stands today, and is an exact replica of the buildings that stood back then.
Currently closed for renovations, Alabama Constitution Village will re-open in October.
This “Jewel of the Mountain” overlooks the city of Huntsville and is comprised of a historic mansion build by Dr. William Henry Burritt and other 19th century homes. The Historic Park also has a barnyard with authentic farm animals and two very cute barn cats. Take a tour of the historic mansion, or learn what life was like in the are in the 19th century in the Historic Park.
Open in Winter Season (Nov-March) Tues-Sun and Summer Season (April-Oct) Tues-Sun.
Art and history blend seamlessly together at this museum, and feature a walk through the history and styles of art around the world.
Check out traveling exhibitions that are in town, or browse the museum’s 2,300 works in their permanent collection.
Editor’s Note: Want to check out the museum, but on a budget? Thursday nights from 5-8 pm, you can get in for $5.
Great for the young and young at heart, the Children’s Museum is the largest interactive history museum in the south.
Visitors can climb aboard a keelboat, play large musical instruments and listen to a tale from the Talking Tree.
Open Tuesday-Saturday with special Summer Hours from May through October.
A unique part of Huntsville’s art history resides downtown in the Weeden House, home to the painter and poet Maria Howard Weeden.
Weeden is most known for her portraits of African Americans residing in Huntsville in the 20th century. The house is now restored to its 19th century glory.
To schedule a museum history tour, call 256-536-7718 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
As one of the most comprehensive military museums in the country, this place has memorabilia from the American Revolutionary War to present day.
Open Wednesday through Saturday with availability for group tours
Climb aboard the train cars at this museum and learn what it was like on the rails in 1860.
The Depot served as the passenger house and as corporate for the eastern division of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, operating until 1968.