Heroes and Heroines of North Alabama

Discover the many heroes and heroines who once called the North Alabama area home. As you venture across the region learning about the many famous faces, a variety of comfortable hotels, campgrounds, B&Bs, or cozy cabins are available to choose from to complete the trip.

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Day 1

Helen Keller Birthplace
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Helen Keller Birthplace
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Built in 1820, Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller, is a simple, white clapboard home design in typical Southern architecture.  The main house is of Virginia cottage construction, with four large rooms on the first floor bisected by a wide hall. …

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LaGrange College Site Park & Antebellum Cemetery
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LaGrange College Site Park & Antebellum Cemetery
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

Established in 1830, LaGrange College is Alabama's first chartered college and is often referred to as the West Point of the South after serving as a Military Academy.  The college enrollment read like a "Who's Who" list.  By 1862, due to the war,…

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Pond Spring - General Joe Wheeler Home
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Pond Spring - General Joe Wheeler Home
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

Located near Courtland, Pond Spring was home to Joseph Wheeler, former Major General of Cavalry of the Confederate western army, a U.S. congressman, and a Spanish-American War general.  Tour the 50-acre site and home which contains the General’s…

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Day 2

Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum
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Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum preserves, protects, and presents artifacts dating as far back as 10,000 B.C. and ancient geological evidence of the settlement and evolution of the people of this region of Alabama. Creek (Muskogee), Yuchi (Uchean),…

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Jesse Owens Memorial Park
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Jesse Owens Memorial Park
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

The Jesse Owens Memorial Park, located in Oakville, Ala., honors the life and accomplishments of the Olympic sprinter and gold medalist and has a mission to educate the public of the legacy of his contributions to athletics and humankind.  See…

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Old State Bank
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Old State Bank
Community | Historic Site or District

Through more than 178 years of often turbulent history, the Old State Bank has survived as a proud monument to Decatur’s past and the development of banking in Alabama.  Built in 1833 to house the Tennessee Valley branch of the state bank, the…

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Blue and Gray Museum of North Alabama
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Blue and Gray Museum of North Alabama
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

The Blue and Gray Museum of North Alabama, believed to be the largest privately owned collection of Civil War artifacts in the country, features a wide array of Civil War relics, including swords and other edged weapons, revolvers and pistols,…

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Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
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Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
Natural Area | Fish and Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge was established on July 7, 1938 by Executive Order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as the first National Wildlife Refuge placed on a multi-purpose reservoir to provide habitat for wintering and migrating birds.…

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Day 3

Cullman County Museum
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Cullman County Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

The Cullman County Museum tells about Cullman’s German heritage and its founder, Colonel John G. Cullmann, through interesting exhibits and artifacts.  Housed in a replica of his home, the museum is filled with items spanning two centuries.  In…

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Ave Maria Grotto
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Ave Maria Grotto
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

Known throughout the world as "Jerusalem in Miniature," Ave Maria Grotto is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park designed to provide a natural setting for the 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and…

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Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
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Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

A pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament provides a place for prayer and quiet contemplation. Modeled on the great Italian churches of the 13th century, The Shrine is a house of prayer open to people of every faith and tours,…

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Day 4

U. S. Space and Rocket Center
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U. S. Space and Rocket Center
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Earth’s largest space museum, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) is a Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.  Here, visitors can train like an astronaut, get an unclose look at an…

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EarlyWorks Family of Museums
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EarlyWorks Family of Museums
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

The EarlyWorks Family of Museums is comprised of three separate museums:  Alabama Constitution Village, the Huntsville Depot and Museum, and EarlyWorks Children’s History Museum.  These three museums in the heart of historic downtown Huntsville, Alabama,…

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Huntsville Botanical Garden
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Huntsville Botanical Garden
Natural Area | Garden or Arboretum

Guests are greeted with a rainbow of color from thousands of plants and beautiful foliage at the Huntsville Botanical Garden.  With year-round activities, there is always something growing for the entire family to enjoy. 

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1 Helen Keller Birthplace
2 LaGrange College Site Park & Antebellum Cemetery
3 Pond Spring - General Joe Wheeler Home
4 Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum
5 Jesse Owens Memorial Park
6 Old State Bank
7 Blue and Gray Museum of North Alabama
8 Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
9 Cullman County Museum
10 Ave Maria Grotto
11 Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
12 U. S. Space and Rocket Center
13 EarlyWorks Family of Museums
14 Huntsville Botanical Garden