April means spring is here and trees are blooming and the weather is warming up, which makes it a perfect month for guided walking tours all over north Alabama. Check out the list of walking tours and go explore and learn more about the history of several towns in north Alabama. Tours are free to the public.
Athens tour options are unique - offering a choice from multiple tours each Saturday plus tours of local attraction partners. All tours will begin at The Athens Limestone Visitors Center at 9:45am on April 6, 13, 20, and 27.
- Beaty Historic District
- Downtown Athens Historic District
- Athens City Cemetery
- Athens State University
Courtland Walking Tour - April 27
Tourists will meet at the Courtland Museum at 10am. The tour begins at Wings Over Courtland, where there will be food, fun, period costumes, and much more.
Decatur has a rich and colorful history dating back to the early 1800s. To learn more about the city’s heritage, residents and visitors are invited to take part in a casual stroll winding through the historic Old Decatur area. Organized by Decatur Morgan County Tourism, the free guided walking tours are held each Saturday in the month of April and each one features a different route, theme and tour guide. Scheduled for April 6, 13, 20 and 27, the walking tour begins at 10 a.m. and lasts approximately two hours. Knowledgeable guides will escort participants through historic neighborhoods and landmarks where they will share the history of the city and entertaining accounts of the city’s storied past.
April 6 - Scottsboro Boys Trial Tour led by Peggy Allen Towns begins at Morgan County Courthouse (302 Lee Street).
April 13 - Decatur City Cemetery Tour led by Phil Wirey begins at City Cemetery (1001 Wilson Street / AL Hwy 20 Northwest).
April 20 - Architectural Tour of Old Decatur led by Caroline Swope begins at Old State Bank (925 Bank Street).
April 27 - Churches of Old Decatur Tour led by Phil Wirey begins at Old State Bank (925 Bank Street).
All tours are free, family friendly and involve easy walking. All tours begin at 10 am and last until about noon. Reservations are not required and tours are held rain or shine. The Historic Decatur Railroad Depot will also be open each of these Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. until noon. For more information, call Decatur Morgan County Tourism at 256.350.2028 or 800.524.6181.
Returning in 2019 for its second year, the historic Town of Elkmont joins the April Saturday Walks. Join local guides at the Elkmont Depot at 10:00am for a walk through the community's history past historic buildings, reclaimed cotton mill, and former L&N railway that is now the Richard Martin Rails-to-Trails.
Florence/Lauderdale Tourism hosts the walking tours as a way to promote our historic sites, neighborhoods and unique architecture. A Tour of a different historic location will be featured each Saturday and will be guided by local historians. The tours begin at 10:00 a.m., are free to the public and will last approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
April 6: Walking Tours of Historic Florence - North Court & Seminary St. North Court & Seminary Streets tour will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Roger’s Hall or Courtview on the UNA campus. It features Rogers Hall, Coby Hall, the Governor O’Neal Home, Connor Place, Wakefield, the Robert Dean Martin Home, the Medical Arts Building, Pope’s Tavern, two Sears & Roebuck houses and many other homes. The tour begins at Roger’s Hall, the North end of Court Street at 10 a.m. Parking available on Court Street and at the UNA parking lot located at One Harrison Plaza. Tour Guide: Billy Warren.
April 13: Walking Tours of Historic Florence - Walnut Street Historic District. The Walnut Street Historic District boasts tree lined sidewalks, diverse architecture and elegant homes. The tour will begin in the UNA Tennis Courts parking lot on Hermitage Dr. Walk by 29 beautifully restored houses that originally comprised the Walnut Street Historic District and were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. The tour begins at the corner of Walnut St. & Hermitage Dr. at 10 a.m. Parking is available at the UNA Tennis Courts on Hermitage Drive. Tour Guide: Billy Warren
April 20: Walking Tours of Historic Florence - Florence City Cemetery. The tour of the Florence City Cemetery, established in 1818, features unique headstones and monuments adorned with burial and religious symbolism. The cemetery contains graves belonging to early settlers, two former governors in the O’Neal family, along with other prominent community leaders and families. The tour begins at Florence City Cemetery entrance at 10 a.m. 705 E. College Street next to the Animal Shelter or entrances on Tennessee Street. Tour Guide: Harry Wallace
April 27: Walking Tours of Historic Florence – University of North Alabama Campus - Long identified with education in Alabama, the history of the University of North Alabama contains both direct and indirect ties to institutions such as LaGrange College and Locust Dell Academy. From humble beginnings in rural Colbert County, UNA emerged as a leading teacher training college. In 1855, the education institution built its first building in Florence, Wesleyan Hall. The tour begins in front of Rogers Hall where we learn the early history of the University and then walk through the campus to view the Lion Habitat, Willingham Hall, Wesleyan, Bibb Graves and many other historic buildings. 10 a.m.
May 4: Walking Tours of Historic Florence - Forks of Cypress Plantation Site & Cemetery. The Forks of Cypress Plantation was one of the oldest antebellum mansions in Alabama. It was built in 1822 by James Jackson, one of the first settlers in Lauderdale County. Bring your lawn chairs for the beginning portion of the tour. The second part of the tour will be at the historic Jackson Cemetery. The tour begins at Forks of Cypress at 10 a.m. Directions to the site are as follows: take Cox Creek Pkwy. to Jackson Rd. and turn right (no traffic signal at intersection). Turn right at the dead end. Park along the road or enter the gate to park in the field leading to the columns. Tour Guide: Harry Wallace.
For more information, call the Tourism Office at 256-740-4141.
(photo: Forks of Cypress by Vanessa Bowser)
April 6 - Twickenham Historic District. 10 a.m. departure from Alabama Constitution Hall Park Confectionary Shoppe (109 Gates Avenue SE). Tour Guide: Jan Williams.
April 13 - Twickenham Historic District. 10 a.m. departure from Alabama Constitution Hall Park Confectionary Shoppe (109 Gates Avenue SE). Tour Guide: Jacque Reeves.
April 20 - Historic Downtown Madison. 10 a.m. departure from the Roundhouse Gazebo (Front Street, Madison, AL). Tour Guide: Walt Anderson.
April 27 - Historic Downtown Madison. 10 a.m. departure from the Roundhouse Gazebo (Front Street, Madison, AL)Tour Guide: Gerald Clark.
Mooresville will be on display during Saturday mornings in April as part of the Alabama Tourism Department's April Walking Tours initiative. The entire town of Mooresville is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of Alabama's most important and intact villages. Historic homes and buildings, gracious gardens and tree-shaded streets make a visit to Mooresville seem like a step back in time. Lectures begin at 10am with a tour immediately following. (source: mooresvilleal.com)
Moulton Square Walking Tour - April 6
Moulton square and Stockton house: meets at Lawrence County Archives at 10am. Tour guide is Chamber Director Craig Johnston. The historic square will be the focus of the tour with a one-block detour to the home of Tony and Jan Stockton.
Mt. Hope Walking Tour - April 13
The van meets tourists at Lawrence County Archives at 9.45 and leaves for Mt. Hope at 10:00 a.m. Guides are members of the Presbyterian Church. On the return trip, the van will stop in Landersville to visit with Mike and Beth DiGesu at their Aladdin Kit Home, once thought to be a Sears Kit Home.
April 6 - Sheffield – The free tour begins at Sheffield City Hall at 600 N. Montgomery Ave. The 2-hour tour will focus on historic homes along Montgomery Ave.
April 13 - Historic Sheffield Walking Tour. The free tour begins at Sheffield City Hall, 600 N. Montgomery Ave. The 2-hour tour will focus on historic commercial buildings along Montgomery Ave.
April 20 - Historic Sheffield Walking Tour. The free 2-hour tour begins at Sheffield City Hall and will focus on historic homes along Montgomery Ave.
April 27 - Historic Sheffield Walking Tour begins at Sheffield City Hall, 600 N. Montgomery Ave. The 2-hour tour will focus on historic commercial buildings along Montgomery.
Town Creek Walking Tour - April 20
The Town Creek walking tour will include the historic Town Creek Methodist Church that was established in 1880. After touring the church, the tour will continue at a nearby cemetery.
April 6 - “Rock of Ages” Historic Tuscumbia Walking Tour. The free tour begins outside Coldwater Books, at 101 W. 6th St. The tour includes visits to two historic churches, St. John’s Episcopal built in 1852, and First Presbyterian Church built in 1828.
April 13 - “The Settlement around the Big Spring” Historic Tuscumbia Walking Tour. The free tour begins outside Coldwater Books at 101 W. 6th St. The tour will visit Spring Park where a settlement, that later became Tuscumbia, was established around 1815.
April 20 - “The Building of a Town” Historic Tuscumbia Walking Tour. The free tour begins outside Coldwater Books and includes visits to historic buildings in the downtown area that were home to some of the first businesses in the city.
April 27 - “Governing of a Town and County” Historic Tuscumbia Walking Tour. The free tour begins outside Coldwater Books, 101 W. 6th St. The tour includes a visit to the Colbert County Courthouse and other buildings that played a role in the early governance of Tuscumbia and Colbert County.