Whether you are here on vacation, a school field trip or family reunion, Old Alabama Town offers a day of educational fun for all ages that will leave you with a new understanding of 19th century American life. Check out our three tour experiences.
Please purchase your tickets at the Loeb Reception Center at 301 Columbus Street. Begin your tour of the Living Block through Lucas Tavern. In this block are both urban and rural structures, simple buildings with no pretense, where people gathered together to satisfy various needs, longings, and aspirations, all part of the fabric of 19th century everyday life.Living Block Tour ›
Please purchase your tickets at the Loeb Reception Center at 301 Columbus Center. Enter through the Rose House dogtrot to begin your tour of the Working Block. In the buildings in the Working Block you will see how people worked, labored and produced in central Alabama in the 19th and early 20th century. You will see these work places as well as many of the tools used in urban and rural areas. Restrooms are available in the Lakin Kitchen. As you move through the Working Block you will also notice fig trees, a satsuma tree, and a garden—these, too, are all producing!Working Block Tour ›
Along the Street
Buildings from the 19th century lining North Hull Street create an ambience far different from the atmosphere of commercial and residential streets of today. Several houses are on their original site, others have been moved in to the area. In the 1850s, North Hull Street was a developing up-scale residential neighborhood. This characteristic was evident until the 1930s when creeping decay and commercialism began taking their toll. Used car lots replaced cottages, and once proud houses gave way to bait shops and second-rate night spots. Landmarks began its restoration efforts in 1967 with its mission being not only to preserve Alabama’s architectural and historic heritage but also to bring a blighted area back into a productive life. These buildings now produce income and serve as museums, and together, they create a streetscape from the past.Along the Street Tour ›
Loeb Reception Center
The Loeb Reception Center at 301 Columbus Street is the place to begin your tour. Your visit can be an hour, two hours, or all day: it really depends on you and your interest. We hope you will take your time savoring the grounds, the architecture and the history of Old Alabama Town. At the Reception Center the knowledgeable staff will tell you about what is available, the touring schedule, admission, and where to start your tour. You may also wish to do some shopping in the Museum Store. Restrooms are also available at the Reception Center. Please enjoy the interpretive murals that will give you a background for your tour. The Alabama Time Line mural places our Old Alabama Town buildings into the context of overall Alabama and regional history. The Federal Road mural shows images of life and travel as pioneers ventured into the Alabama Territory.
Our mission is to see that you have a good time while experiencing the past of central Alabama. Have fun and please tell others about Old Alabama Town, a 19th century treasure!