Visiting the Past in Old Alabama Town

By CHLOE GUNN

Old Alabama Town is an area of land dedicated to recreating the past. This is similar to a museum in the sense that there are artifacts on display and you can tour each of the buildings on the property to learn more about history.

Visitor admiring the one-room schoolhouse in the town. Photo by Chloe Gunn.
Visitor admiring the one-room schoolhouse in the town. Photo by Chloe Gunn.

These are original buildings from the 19th and first part of the 20th century that have been preserved for decades. This preservation of history affords one the opportunity to explore and document what it looked like to live in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Old Alabama Town offers you the chance to see the past from all perspectives. The 19th century was a time of extreme racial turmoil and this historical site gives you look at some of the conditions that each status lived in.

Bob McClain serves as the director of Landmark Services for Old Alabama. “In 1895, [landowner] Adams deeded the land to the Methodist Church who then decided to have the chapel and the school meet in the same building. School was scheduled around the farming year so they mainly met in October and November after the harvest.”

According to McClain this historical site serves as a teaching tool and an accurate representation of what life was like many decades ago. “We really want to display places where people gathered and socialized,” McClain said. “We display the lifestyle and environment of the period.”

Old Alabama Town is located in Montgomery, Ala. and offers tours and visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays. The property is closed on Sundays. The web address is http://www.oldalabamatown.com/

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