Souvenirs from Alabama
'Sweet Home' Alabama is a splendid land of wonderful landmarks, rich museums and historical venues which offer a unique perspective over the Civil Rights Movement and USA's recent history. From majestic pre-Civil War buildings to Native American habitats, the state is full of legends and stories of old times. Whether you are passionate about the history of rail road engines or would simply like to marvel at a Native American village, the museums of Alabama are full of irresistible exhibitions ranging from the Civil Rights years to art and natural history. The historical homes of Alabama are famous throughout the United States; a vibrant image of the state's history stems out from its diverse architecture, from elegant plantation homes to modest cabins or glamorous mansions with Corinthian columns later attacked during the Civil War. Tourists today can enjoy a variety of Alabama souvenirs such as fridge magnets, key-chains, souvenirs plates and T-shirts, available now online.
Alabama Museums, a Journey across USA History
For an unique historical perspective over Alabama, try the splendid collections of Birmingham Museum of Art or Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. For a more personal historical approach mainly based on private records, the Alabama Department of Archives and History offers the oldest state owned collection of archives in the United States; Florence's Indian Mound & Museum superbly presents the Native Americans' life style and beliefs and the biggest mound protecting relics and displaying relevant exhibitions can be visited in the Tennessee Valley. Further on, in Fort Mitchell or near Tuscaloosa, the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center, the Oakville Indian Mounds Education Center and Moundville Archaeological Park tell long forgotten stories of life before the colonist era.
Alabamian Historic Homes and Nature
Spread across the Gulf Coast area, excellent preserved historical homes such as the Richards-DAR House, the Octagon House of the River Heritage area or the farm houses displayed by the Carlen House Museum are generously open to visitors. Moreover, a heaven for amateur or professional hunters, the wild regions of Alabama offer a wide range of deer, wild turkey and long hunting seasons. Fishing is also very popular: whether it's for saltwater or freshwater fish, riding a boat outside the Gulf Coast will take you to a blue marlin, tuna and cobia magic world. Alabama is beautifully located at the end of the Appalachian Mountains which makes it an ideal venue for hiking in splendid forests and woods; a complex system of trails can be found in Lake Guntersville State Park, also home to the American bald eagle.
Alabama, Remembering the Civil War
For those passionate about American history and the legendary events behind the course of the Civil War, Alabama is the ideal place to be. The telegram which authorized the first shootings in Fort Sumter and even the last most significant battle are all related to Alabama; in 1861, the Southern states representatives gathered in the Alabama State Capitol and created a new constitution which recognized the Confederate States of America and voted for Jefferson Davis as its president shortly after legendary Abraham Lincoln was elected the president of the USA. Nowadays tourists can walk along the Capitol and visit the First White House of the Confederacy. For the most important battles during the war, the Mobile Bay, Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines with the notorious "Damn the torpedoes" war order which ended the conflict can be visited. For war veterans, the Confederate Memorial Park recreates the lives of soldiers within one of the biggest touristic venues.