Alabama History & the World's Largest Space Museum

Step back in time with a leisurely stroll through Mooresville, a serene 1818 village, and then fast forward to the Space Age and learn about the U.S. Space program--where it has been and where it is headed.

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Day 1

U.S. Space and Rocket Center
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U.S. Space and Rocket Center
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama is a museum operated by the government of Alabama, showcasing rockets, achievements, and artifacts of the U.S. space program. The center not only showcases Apollo Program hardware but also houses interactive science exhibits, Space Shuttle and Army rocketry and aircraft. More than 1,500 permanent rocketry and space exploration artifacts.

Huntsville is home to the largest space museum in the world: the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

Not only is America’s space program on exhibit in Huntsville, it was forged in Huntsville. We’re known as the “Rocket City” because Huntsville,…

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Huntsville Botanical Garden
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Huntsville Botanical Garden
Natural Area | Garden or Arboretum
A 112-acre botanical garden, the Huntsville Botanical Garden includes a seasonal butterfly house, and aquatic, annual, daylily, fern, herb, perennial, rose, and wildflower gardens, as well as a nature path and collection of Flowering Dogwood trees.

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. 

The Huntsville…

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Town of Mooresville
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Town of Mooresville
Community | Historic Site or District
Older than the state of Alabama, this serene 1818 village is the oldest incorporated town in the state. The town was used in the filming of the Disney movie “Tom and Huck.” Self-guided driving or walking tours anytime.

Step back in time with a visit to historic Mooresville, the oldest incorporated town in the state of Alabama.  The entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Mooresville was incorporated in 1818, one year before Alabama…

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1818 Farms
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1818 Farms
Outdoor Adventures | Agritourism
Enjoy a hands-on farm life experience with rare sheep, pigs, goats, Buff Orpington and Americauna chickens, barn cats, and Great Pyrenees dogs at 1818 Farms located in the historic village of Mooresville, Alabama.

Enjoy a hands-on farm life experience with rare sheep, pigs, goats, Buff Orpington and Americauna chickens, barn cats, and Great Pyrenees dogs at 1818 Farms in the historic village of Mooresville, Alabama.  Following the farm tour, check out the…

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Day 2

TVA Wheeler Dam and Reservoir
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TVA Wheeler Dam and Reservoir
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall
Wheeler Dam in northern Alabama has 11 generating units with a net dependable capacity of 361 megawatts. Construction of Wheeler Dam began in 1933 and was completed in 1936.

Construction on Wheeler Dam began in 1933 and completed in 1936. Wheeler was the second dam that TVA built and is located in northern Alabama. The reservoir helps cover the shallow, rocky area that made navigating this stretch of the Tennessee…

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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 and his family’s memorabilia and furnishings, all original to the home they built and occupied from 1868 through the 1950s.

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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Jesse Owens Memorial Park
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Jesse Owens Memorial Park
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum
The Jesse Owens Memorial Park is a tribute to the Olympic track and field superstar who won 4 gold medals in the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin. The park showcases several memorials for Owens including a museum, statue, replica home, broad-jump pit, 1936 torch replica and an oak tree of the same variety as Owens’ gold medal tree.

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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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
This 122-acre park and museum site showcases the rich cultural heritage of Northwest Alabama. The Oakville Indian Mounds is an educational, archaeological, genealogical, and sociological legacy to Lawrence County and North Alabama.

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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Old State Bank
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Old State Bank
Community | Historic Site or District
The Old State Bank was named to the National Register of Historical Places in 1972. The Classic Revival architecture of the Bank is symbolic of the period in which it was built.

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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Carnegie Visual Arts Center
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Carnegie Visual Arts Center
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Art Gallery or Studio
Originally constructed in 1904 as The Carnegie Library with funding from the Carnegie Foundation, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center is one of the few remaining original Carnegie Library buildings in the nation. Located in historic downtown Decatur, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center presents local, regional and national exhibits featuring all mediums of visual art throughout the year.

Originally constructed in 1904 as The Carnegie Library with funding from the Carnegie Foundation, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center is one of the few remaining original Carnegie Library buildings in the nation. Located in historic downtown Decatur,…

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1 U.S. Space and Rocket Center
2 Huntsville Botanical Garden
3 Town of Mooresville
4 1818 Farms
5 TVA Wheeler Dam and Reservoir
6 Pond Spring - General Joe Wheeler Home
7 Jesse Owens Memorial Park
8 Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum
9 Old State Bank
10 Carnegie Visual Arts Center