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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Birmingham Sights

Today turned out better than expected, weather-wise. We thought it was going to be cloudy and rainy, but that's been pushed back in the week. So, we took the day and headed into Birmingham to see some sights.

First up, Arlington, an antebellum home dating from the early 1800s. It passed through several families before the city of Birmingham purchased the property and turned it into a house museum. It is furnished and decorated in 19th century style. The gardens are probably beautiful in the spring, but the pansies were pretty today.
This was an okay "sight," but not worth the $8.00/person entrance fee. Luckily, the docent on call gave us the AAA discount even though we aren't members and it only cost us $9 for both of us to get in.

We did purchase a fictional novel entitled Red Acres that is set in Arlington during the post-Civil War era. This book is no longer available for purchase in the general market, but copies were reprinted in celebration of the 125th anniversary of Birmingham. I love finding books like this!

Since it was very early in the afternoon, we decided to head to Tannehill Historical State Park, about an half hour south of Birmingham. There is an old ironsworks there along with a museum and several 19th century log cabins. To our surprise, there is also a very nice campground as well.

The log cabins are placed around the park with signs explaining whose they were and how old they are. Some of these same cabins are available for rent. There is a river which flows through the park which added to the overall beauty of it.

At the top of a hill, away from the rest of the park, there sits a country church at which they still hold services every Sunday morning!

During the season, from March through October, there are crafters who come and share their skills and wares. We definitely enjoyed walking around this park and hope to come back and camp sometime.

Not sure what the rest of the week will bring. Still waiting on the rain to show up and colder weather is supposed to come, too. Today, it hit 70 degrees! Just lovin' that!! We're hoping to go to Old Alabama Town, an historic setting, in Montgomery before we leave next week.

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  1. Anonymous6:08 AM

    Very cool pics, Mom and Dad. Reagan wishes she could be there with you to see the sites! Glad that you're enjoying yourselves so much!!! Keep the posts coming... I like to see what you're up to so we can keep an eye on you - uh, I mean feel like we're they're with you. We miss you tons!! Say hi to Dan and Debbie.

    We love you,
    Jason, Linds & Reagan

  2. Anonymous12:40 PM

    if Reagan comes to see you so will i, so glad you are enjoying your trips and i am enjoying seeing where you have been and getting some ideas if we ever travel again. take care we love you Mom

  3. I'd say a winter's day in Birmingham beats a winter's day back here in Frederick!