Although life in the Mountain Region has always moved at a slower pace than in the rest of the state, the region has nonetheless had important impacts on the Alabama's history. From the Civil War to the Great Depression to the country's space race, Northern Alabama has been part of some of the most significant American historical changes. Here are a few of the historic sites in the area.
One of the nations oldest remaining railroad structures, the historic Huntsville Depot was built in 1860. Visitors can climb aboard locomotives or see the largest public model railroad in the state. The museum offers grade-specific field trip programs to teach children about the history of railroads.
Pond Spring was the plantation home of legendary Confederate Calvary Major General Joe Wheeler. After the war, Wheeler studied law before being elected to Congress in 1880. In 1898, he left Capitol Hill to serve as Major General of Volunteers in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. His national stature made "Fighting" Joe Wheeler a symbol for reunification and reconciliation. The Pond Spring Wheeler home has over 50 acres with 12 historic buildings and a family cemetery.
Three historic districts can be found in Cullman City, two of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The area known as "Die Deutsche Kolonie Von Nord Alabama" (The German Colony of North Alabama), and consists of 27 blocks containing 135 buildings. The neighborhood lies southeast of the downtown commercial district. The Cullman Historic business District is made up of First and Second Avenue NE and contains 58 structures. The Betz Addition Historic District, also known as "Quality Hill", contains 72 residential buildings of the late 1800's and covers approximately 12 blocks.
Preserving historic sites since 1974, the Historic Huntsville Foundation continues to maintain and restore historically and architecturally significant sites in Huntsville and Madison County. The Foundation hosts events throughout the year, and also owns and operates Harrison Brothers Hardware.