When visiting Alabama, there are many things that obviously come to mind. You can visit the rolling countryside, the beautiful white sandy beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, the nightlife and rich culture of Alabama’s larger area, but some people come to Alabama for a reason that you don’t think of right away. Alabama’s river heritage is unique, diverse, and rich in their culture and history. It’s a place you will never get to see like it.
Alabama River Heritage Travel begins along Tuskegee and features a very impressive Tuskegee Airmen Museum. If you’ve ever seen the famous movie about the Tuskegee Airmen or read any of the history, these were the first black pilots in the United States. They were very brave and went through a lot of adversity to earn this honorable distinction. It is also home to the George Washington Carver Museum and Booker T. Washington’s home. Selma, Alabama is also part of the Alabama River Heritage and has a lot to offer. Selma’s features of rich Alabama River heritage include the Old Depot and the National Voting Rights Museum, which tells the sale of black people and their fight for voting rights and their quest for civil rights. Very near to Selma is the Lowndes County Interpretive Center. It is located on the Selma to Montgomery National Scenic Byway.
Many native Americans once dominated the Alabama River region and there is evidence abound in this region. Proof is in the pudding as they say by merely hearing the names of the area rivers which are the Alabama, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Tombigbee, Chattahoochee, Conecuh and Choctawhatchee. There are some interesting spots to visit along these rivers and you can even find old arrow heads if you’re lucky and simply enjoy the scenery of the river area. There are many friendly folk along these rivers with many stories to tell of the area.
Fort Toulouse or sometimes called Fort Jackson, an early trading post near Wetumpka, Alabama and it is now a public park where buildings have been recreated and activities demonstrate how Indians and soldiers co-existed during the 1700s. A pivotal time in the region’s history was the 1814 Battle of Horseshoe Bend near Dadeville. This event drew open the territory to settlers and marked the last major battle of the Creek War.
Much of the history and to truly experience the Alabama River Heritage area, you need to drive along this area and simply talk to the friendly Southern people who have lived in this area and so have their parents, their parents parents, and so on and so forth. You will hear many interesting and even exciting stories about the Alabama River heritage and some of the struggles, battles, happy times, and just simply interesting stories that have happened in this historically rich area. Alabama River people are proud of their heritage and their history and they will be sure and let you know that. Once you visit all of the museums and places of interest, you will emerge with knowledge, but the true understanding will be gained once you meet some of the locals and you hear accounts of life in this area.