I went to UAB (University of Alabama in Birmingham) yesterday. I decided to visit the Medical Museum located in the research library on campus.
As a child, Hank Williams, Sr. lived in Georgiana, Alabama, (about an hour south of Montgomery). The house he lived in is now a museum. The exhibits include some personal items, albums, posters, and other things of historical significance.
It’s small but interesting. The workers are knowledgeable about the history of the house and will gladly answer any questions.
I enjoyed my visit and would recommend it to anyone traveling through the area.
The building was originally a post office and was constructed in the 1930s. It’s a stunning building with beautiful walkways and grand staircases. It was built with white Georgia marble and gray-pink Minnesota granite.
After the new post office was built in the 1980s, the building had little purpose and was mostly unused. Dr. Thomas Frist, Jr. worked with the city of Nashville to convert the building into a visual arts museum, which opened to the public on April 8, 2001.
There are still large areas under construction, so the gallery was smaller than I anticipated based on the size of the building. However, I did enjoy my time there and fell in love with the architecture.
Saturday, we went to Nashville, Tennessee. While we were there we visited the Travelers Rest Museum.
The Overton family home was named Travelers Rest and was owned by Judge John Overton. The plantation played a vital role during the Battle of Nashville, since battles were fought on the grounds.
After the war, the Overtones provided services for disabled Confederate veterans and founded the Confederate Soldiers’ Home.
The Overtone house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is now a museum.
I know it sounds nerdy, but my favorite part of the museum was the old school house.
Fort Gaines was established in the 1800’s and played a pivotal role in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War. It was also used during the Spanish American War.
The fort has been well preserved and now functions as a museum. Visitors can learn about the battles fought at the fort and how French culture influenced the area.
Prior to the desegregation of the Alabama school system, this building was a school for African-American children. Students from multiple counties would travel to this school, since there only a few available in North Alabama.
Researching the history of this school and the building was not easy. There is very little information about it on the internet and most of what I learned came from the local people.
The building is now being used as a storage facility and is not being maintained well.
That seems like such a waste to me. Here we have a building with great historical significance, just wasting away in obscurity.
If I could purchase the property, I would turn it into a civil rights museum. That seems to be a better way of honoring the history of this site.