The Guide:

 

 

Historical Attractions

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State ParkTannehill Ironworks Historical State Park: Tannehill Ironworks turned out as many as 20 tons of iron for the Confederacy each day. It all came to an end in March, 1865 when the Eighth Iowa Cavalry destroyed it. Today the mighty furnace lies dormant in 1500 acres of park land with horseback and foot trails, restaurant, iron and steel museum and more.

West Blocton Historic Beehive Coke OvensWest Blocton Historic Beehive Coke Ovens: West Blocton Historic Beehive Coke Ovens propelled Alabama into the ranks of one of the top iron producers in the world. Over four hundred of these ovens were built in the 1880s to heat coal into coke, an essential ingredient in iron production. The coke was transported by rail for use in the furnaces and foundries in the Bessemer, Birmingham and Anniston areas.

Moundville Archeological ParkMoundville Archaeological Park: Moundville Archaeological Park was once the site of a powerful prehistoric Native American community that was the largest city north of Mexico in the 14th century. The site includes 28 earthen pyramids and the park’s museum displays many of the beautiful treasures that have been unearthed at the site.

Brierfield Ironworks Historical State ParkBrierfield Ironworks Historical State Park: Brierfield Ironworks Historical Park The quality of iron coming from this Alabama ironworks so impressed the confederate government at Richmond that they purchased the works. Destroyed once by the Federal Tenth Missouri Cavalry, they were resurrected only to be destroyed again by new ironmaking technologies introduced in Birmingham.

Downtown Marion, Alabama Historic AreaHistoric Downtown Marion: Historic Downtown Marion is primarily known as the home of Marion Military Institute and Judson College, but those famous schools are but one facet of this history-rich community. Much of Alabama’s Civil War and Civil Rights story was written here.

Selma Historical District: Selma Historical District is a jewel in the Black Belt. The prairielands that enriched the early generations of cotton growing Alabamians are filled with exquisite mansions still standing after the burning of the town during the Civil War. The city proudly promotes the struggle for voting rights that took place in the 1960s.

Old Cahawba: Alabama's First Capital CityOld Cahawba: Ruins of Old Cahawba Seeking adventure? Then explore the ghostly ruins of Alabama’s abandoned first capital city and its tragic Civil War prison. Old Cahawba is an archaeological park but also a gateway to natural wonders like rare wildflowers in the Black Belt prairie and leisurely canoeing on the lower Cahaba River.