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EARLYWORKS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM EarlyWorks was designed for children – go ahead … touch, climb, pull, explore the South’s largest hands-on history museum. Hear stories from the Talking Tree, play a tune on the giant-sized instruments at the Alabama bandstand and try your hand at building in the Kidstruction Zone. Explore a 46-foot Keelboat, trade your wares at the General Store and try on 1800’s clothing in the federal house. Pre-schoolers will enjoy exploring Biscuit’s Backyard and Hideout, a touch-and-learn area designed especially for them, which includes a garden, grocery store, water table tree house and even a cow to milk!
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.
HUNTSVILLE DEPOT AND MUSEUM
Hear the rattle of the tracks and the engineer’s whistle as you experience life on the rails in 1860. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Depot served as the local passenger house & the corporate offices for the eastern division of the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. An active passenger station until 1968, the original depot building stands as a symbol of Huntsville’s transportation history & city growth. The Depot grounds are open free to the public from 9am-5pm each day.