Alabama Constitution Village
Step inside the picket fence and be transported back to 1819 …
Hear the whir of the spinning wheel… smell the enticing aroma of freshly baked bread being prepared over an open fire… turn the great wheel lathe in the cabinetmaker’s shop… and visit with villagers busy with their daily tasks, seemingly unaware that nearly two centuries have come and gone.
Forty-four delegates of the constitutional convention gathered here in a vacant cabinet shop on July 5, 1819, to organize Alabama as the 22nd state. John Boardman’s print shop, Clement Comer Clay’s law office, the Federal Land Surveyor’s office, a post office and sheriff Stephen Neal’s residence surround that cabinet shop.
Today, the shade trees watch over a proud living village that captures Alabama’s history and spirit. Constitution Village is a unique and unforgettable journey into Alabama’s past.
- Alabama Constitution Village
Closed January, February and March
10am - 4pm year round
* Group rates apply to parties of 15 or more who visit with a scheduled reservation. Minimum fee required.
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- 109 Gates Ave., Huntsville, AL 35801 | 256-564-8100
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- The Alabama state constitution was signed in Huntsville in 1819 in the exact spot where Constitution Hall stands today.
- Alabama’s first incorporated library is housed at the Village. Library subscribers were once allowed to check out and return books one hour a day, two days a week.
- To starch your clothes the old-fashioned way, you would have to boil potatoes, drain the starch from the vegetable, pat it onto clothes and let dry overnight before ironing.
- Before the cabinet shop at the Village was used as the meeting place for the Constitutional Convention, it served as the location of the first professional theater in Alabama.
- The first complete printing of the Constitution of the State of Alabama was printed by John Boardman. A recreation of Boardman’s print shop, where he also printed one of the early newspapers of the Alabama Territory, “Alabama Republican”, is located at the Village.
- Ugly jugs are used to keep children away from alcohol or poisonous liquids. It was thought that a mean or ugly face on the jug would keep children away from it.
- The Neal Kitchen at the Village is a “southern kitchen,” in that it was separate from the main house. This was done for fire protection and to keep the smoke and smells away from the living space.