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Attractions in Perry County

Marion Female Seminary Building


Founded in 1835, this was one of the earliest colleges for women in the United States. It was the first of four colleges established in Marion, AL. This building was erected in 1850. It contained the art studio of Nicola Marschall, a German-American artist, who designed both the first official Confederate flag and the grey […]

Smith Building Art Gallery

Built in 1880 and served Marion as a store for many years.  The building is now an art gallery and houses a photography exhibit on Alabama’s Black Belt by well know photographer, Chip Cooper. 301 Washington Street, Marion, AL 36756

Western Marion Historic District: An In-depth Exploration


In 1817, when the US government officially incorporated Alabama Territory, settlers flooded into this region, drawn by its forested hills, prairie grasslands, and rich Black Belt soil. They brought with them skills, values, and cultural institutions—including slavery—that shaped community life here. You’ll find a helpful brochure with a map of Marion and great information here: […]

Perry County: From the Classroom to the Farm

photo courtesy of Rural Southwest Alabama

[custom-mapping map_id=”4252″ height=”400″] Tour Judson College – a historic women’s college: Notable buildings on campus include A. Howard Bean Hall, a Carnegie library which now houses the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame as well as classrooms. Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, which occupies the main floor, was established to provide a permanent place of honor […]

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