Alabama Constitution Village Review
I took a side trip to the Alabama Constitution Village which is just 19 miles from I-65. If you’re a history buff, you’ll enjoy this day outing.
Parking is limited so it’s just wherever you can find a spot. We parked outside on the street at a meter for .50 for each half hour. Allow a couple of hours if you want to truly get a sense of Alabama history and the way people lived in the early 1800’s by taking the tour.
You get you tickets inside the entrance which also serves as it’s gift shop. The price is well worth the admission. We only had time to see one site. There are a total of three sites you can visit and you can see the pricing structure below. These prices are subject to change of course. One of those sites is very hands on and kids will have a wonderful time there.
What makes this place historic is that this is the exact spot where the legal documents were signed making Alabama a state. Below is the plaque setting forth Alabama’s Constitution and Statehood.
None of the structures are the original. Based on historic documents found, the Alabama Constitution Village is re-created to give visitors the best opportunity to see what this famous corner would have looked like.
On the grounds you’ll find the post office, library, surveyor’s office, lawyer’s office, outhouse, blacksmith, carpenter’s shop, and a house and garden area as it may have been back in the early 1800’s.
I’ve taken pictures and posted them below for you to browse through.
There are demonstrations for the carpenter’s shop showing you how the saws and sanders work and you’ll see the various tools used in that time period. These are not the original tools, rather what the tools would have been.
The blacksmith also offers demonstrations.
The Alabama Constitution Village Grounds
The Alabama Constitution Village Carpenter’s Shop
Alabama Constitution Village Blacksmith
Alabama Constitution Village Surveyor’s Office
Alabama Constitution Village Library
Alabama Constitution Village Printer
Alabama Constitution Village Apprentice Quarters
John Boardman, the printer, had an apprentice. This boy would have left his home at the age of 14 and lived in the household of the craftsman, working for years, so that he could learn a skill and earn a living. This is what the apprentice quarters would have looked like.
Alabama Constitution Village House
Alabama Constitution Village (Replica of the Liberty Bell)
At the end of your visit, you can ring the replica of the Liberty Bell.
You will want to allow a good couple hours to fully visit the Alabama Constitution Village if you want to take the tour and demo, otherwise you can fly through there much faster. For me, I wanted to enjoy my time there and take in the history, imagining what it would have been like in this time in history.
The kids will love this day trip. I recommend it … two thumbs up!
While you’re there, take a walk behind the street and visit Harrison Brothers, the oldest operating hardware store in Alabama. It’s amazing!
On the way into or out of Huntsville, be sure and a take a few minutes and reflect on the sacrifice made for our freedom at the Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial.
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One vacation idea is to head out about 7 am from the resort, get to the Village by 10 when it opens. Spend a couple of hours, then walk over to Harrison Brothers, spend a half hour, and on your way out of Huntsville, stop and visit the Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial. Then grab dinner and head back.
Or, plan one night’s stay in Huntsville, as there’s lots to do and head back to your base resort the following day.
This way you get a mini vacation inside a vacation. I love doing this because I can explore so much further!