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The Green Street District

Marion Female Seminary

Take a walk through Marion’s history. The accompanying map (see below) and  details guide you through the West Marion Historic District. Be sure to explore all the historic districts in Marion: Marion Courthouse Square, Green Street, West Marion, and Judson College. Each district includes unique examples of Marion’s historic architecture—from our old city hall, built […]

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

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 for Alabama’s most […]

The Red Hills: Touring Monroe County

Rikard's Mill located near Beatrice, Alabama

This north Monroe County tour takes you through several picturesque villages and the Rikard’s Mill History Park. Leave Monroeville on State Highway 21 North. As you leave Courthouse Square on State Highway 21 North, note the turn- of-the-century homes on your left, also, the Monroe County Public Library, which is in the restored LaSalle Hotel, […]

A Visit to Alabama’s Historic Black Belt


Looking for a new place to explore? Visit one of the oldest and most historic parts of Alabama: the Black Belt of Southwest Alabama. There’s much to see and do–and it is close enough to make the trip with less than a tank of gas. Here’s a simple, one, two or three night getaway into […]

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