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History Itinerary

History Itinerary

Did you know that Decatur was home to the largest collection of Victorian and earlier 20th century craftsman and bungalow homes in Alabama or that Hartselle was once the site of a bank robbery? Discover the history of Morgan County at the area’s many historic locations.

Day 1

  • Begin the day with a stop at the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau and pick up walking guides.
  • Start with a cup of coffee at Java Jaay's (1713 6th Ave SE Decatur).
  • Take a tour of Historic Old Decatur with your first stop at the Old State Bank. Take the free guided tour through the building’s vault and replicated period teller’s cage. Learn about the life of Washington Keyes, the bank’s first cashier, while viewing his second floor apartment. See if you can find the marks from Civil War-era musketfire and miniballs.
  • Continue walking through Old Decatur Historic District following the walking guide. Many of the houses were built in the early 1900s and represent a wide-range of architectural styles. Also included in the walking tour is Decatur’s first courthouse, Fort Nash, the Carnegie Library, and the Old Cemetery.
  • Stop for lunch at The Daily Brew (located at 350 Market Street).
  • After lunch, begin the walking tour for New Albany. Start on Second Avenue and travel south to St. John’s Episcopal Church. Follow the walking guide to see Victorian, Colonial Revival and other historic homes.
  • Take a break at Albany Bistro (1051 Grant Street SE) for a slice of pie.
  • Finish the New Albany walking tour and roam through the historic shopping districts to find treasures from the area’s many antique stores.
  • Return to the hotel to rest.
  • End your evening with a quiet dinner at Cafe 113 (101 1st Avenue SE).

Day 2

  • Begin in historic downtown Decatur and take the Civil War Walking Tour. Visit the sites where Confederate and Union soldiers fought, including Rhodes Ferry Park the location for the Charge of the 14th Colored Infantry.
  • Next, visit the Morgan County Archives, genealogical materials, an extensive photograph collection, and other archival and manuscript materials dating from the early 1800s. The archives also contain rare photographs from the infamous “Scottsboro Boys” case.
  • Be sure to stop at the Blue and Gray Museum. The museum contains a vast array of Civil War artifacts from the private collection of Civil War historian Robert Parham, who has studied the war for more than 40 years.
  • Have lunch at City Café (101 1st Avenue) or Curry’s (115 Johnson Street SE)
  • Head south to Hartselle’s Historic District. Make your first stop Hartselle’s Depot Station before wandering through the historic shopping district.
  • Return to Decatur for dinner at B B Perrins Barbecue (608 Holly Street NE) or Simp McGhee’s (725 Bank Street NW).