Thursday, December 2, 2010

State releases 'Alabama Civil War Trail' list of attractions and sites

Wednesday of last week, the Alabama Tourism Department released a new brochure, “The Alabama Civil War Trail,” as part of the department’s efforts to prepare for next year’s 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

This is a cool brochure for a number of reasons, and if you’re an Alabama history buff or Civil War enthusiast, you’ll want to check it out.

Most of the brochure consists of details about 47 Civil War attractions and sites, which make up the state’s Civil War Trail. The brochure also contains details and contact information for each attraction or site as well as a full-color state map that shows you where each is located.

Here’s the list of 47 attractions and sites that make up the Civil War Trail.

1. Alabama Department of Archives & History - Montgomery
2. Alabama State Capitol – Montgomery
3. Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens – Birmingham
4. The City of Athens
5. Berman Museum of World History – Bessemer
6. Bessemer Hall of History Museum
7. Blue & Gray Museum of North Alabama – Decatur
8. Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park
9. Confederate Memorial Park – Marbury
10. Buffalo Soldiers Monument – Huntsville

11. “Confederate Rest” & National Cemetery at Magnolia Cemetery – Mobile
12. Cornwall Furnace Park – Cedar Bluff
13. “Damn the Torpedoes!” Civil War Trail – Gulf Shores and Orange Beach
14. Decatur Civil War Walking Tour
15. Dred Scott Home Site – Huntsville
16. Emma Sansom Monument – Gadsden
17. First White House of the Confederacy – Montgomery
18. Forrest-Streight Route – Cedar Bluff
19. Fort Morgan State Historic Site – Gulf Shores
20. Fort Tyler – Lanett

21. “Gallant Pelham” Statue – Jacksonville
22. Historic Blakeley State Park – Spanish Fort
23. Historic Fort Gaines – Dauphin Island
24. Historic Grand Hotel – Point Clear
25. Historic Huntsville Depot
26. Janney Furnace – Anniston
27. Joe Wheeler Plantation – “Pond Spring” – Hillsboro
28. Karl C. Harrison Museum of Washington – Columbiana
29. Marion Female Seminary
30. Marion Military Institute & St. Wilfrid’s – Marion

31. Museum of Mobile
32. – Newton Civil War Monument
33 – Old Cahawba Archaeological Park – Orrville
34. Old Depot Museum – Selma
35. Old Live Oak Cemetery – Selma
36. Pope’s Tavern Museum – Florence
37. Shorter Cemetery – Eufaula
38. Slavery & Civil War Museum – Selma
39. Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum
40. Tallassee Confederate Armory

41. Tallassee Confederate Officers Quarters
42. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park – McCalla
43. Union Springs Confederate Cemetery
44. University of Alabama Campus – Tuscaloosa
45. Vaughn-Smitherman Historic Building – Selma
46. Winter Building – Montgomery
47. Winston County “Dual Destiny” Monument – Double Springs

In addition to laying out the actual Civil War Trail, the brochure also provides details major Civil War battles in the state, the dates of annual battle reenactments across the state as well as information about historic flags of the Confederacy.

You can pick up copies of this brochure at any of the eight welcome centers across the state or you can download a PDF of the brochure at Be warned, this is a big file, over 22MB, so it may take a minute or so for it to fully download.

In the end, I’d like to know how many of the Civil War Trail attractions and sites you’ve already had a chance to visit. What did you think about them? Which would you recommend? Let us know in the comments section below.

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