Shoals Area ATTRACTIONS
Colbert County Tourism
The Alabama Music
Hall of Fame
Florence Lauderdale County Tourism
The Alabama Music Hall of Fame, which opened in 1990, is
dedicated to over 500 musical achievers in all types of
music. Rock, rhythm & blues, gospel, country & western,
opera, and contemporary are all represented here. The
Hall of Fame is the perfect compliment to the Shoals,
once known as the "Hit Recording Capital of the World"
Open Monday Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
U.S. Hwy. 72 West, Tuscumbia (256)381-4417
W.C. Handy Home & Museum
Handy, the Father of the Blues, birthplace is in
the Shoals. Completely restored, the blues
legend's birthplace houses the most complete
collection of memorabilia, musical instruments,
library, and original manuscripts from some of
his most famous works. Handy's famous trumpet
and his personal piano are just a few of the
items on display .... Open Tuesday Saturday, 10
a.m. 4 p.m.
620 West College Street, Florence (256) 760-6434
Wilson Lock & Dam
in the early 1920's, Wilson Dam was once used as
a power supply center for munitions plants in
World War l. The completion of the dam allowed
a once un-navigable stretch of the Tennessee
River, "Muscle Shoals", to become a major
transportation resource for the Shoals Area.
Later, Wilson Dam became the cornerstone of the
Tennessee Valley Authority.
Off Alabama 133
North, Muscle Shoals (256) 383-0783
The Children's Museum of the Shoals
Children's Museum Shoals
offers hands-on venues and programs geared specifically
to the developmental stages 18 months - 3rd grade.
Our mission is to further classroom education and
complement existing cultural and educational resources.
Venues and activities encourage children to imagine,
discover, and create through the wonder and magic of play.
Open Wednesday-Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm.
2810 Darby Drive, Florence (256)284-7107
The Florence Indian Mound & Museum
Florence Indian Mound is the Tennessee Valley
areas largest domiciliary mound. It is typical
workmanship of the Indians who lived in this
area before the Cherokees, Chickasaws, and
Creeks. Early settlers found steps on one side
of the mound, and discovered that it had been
enclosed by an earthen wall. The mound could
have possibly existed as much as a thousand
years before Columbus ....Open Tuesday Saturday,
10 a.m. 4 p.m.
End of South Court Street near Tennessee River,
The Birthplace of Helen Keller (Ivy
Birthplace of Helen Keller, America's First Lady
of Courage, is located in Tuscumbia. Built in
1820, only one year after Alabama became the
22nd State of the Union, Ivy Green is a simple,
white clapboard home designed in typical
Southern architecture .... Open Monday Saturday,
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
300 N. Commons, Tuscumbia (256) 383-4066 -
Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial
Dog Graveyard came into being on Labor Day,
September 4, 1937, when Key Underwood buried his
famous coon dog, "Troop". They had spent many
enjoyable hours hunting in this area, and it was
only fitting that "Troop" be laid to rest here.
Since that time, over 100 coon dogs have been
buried at the site.
Off Hwy. 247, west of Tuscumbia (256) 383-0783
a stagecoach stop, tavern, and inn, Pope's
Tavern is one of the oldest structures in
Florence. Pope's Tavern was first used as a
hospital for both Union and Confederate wounded
during the Civil War after a skirmish in the
streets of Florence. Later, wounded soldiers
from the Battle of Elk River and Franklin,
Tennessee, were treated here by local doctors
and women who gave unselfishly of their time
....Open Tuesday Saturday, 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
203 Hermitage Drive, Florence (256) 760-6439
home, designed and built in 1939-40, is the only
structure in Alabama designed by architect Frank
Lloyd Wright, and is considered his best example
of Usonian style. Open for tours only by
appointment. A National Historic
Property. Completely restored in 2001.
601 Riverview Drive, Florence 256-740-8899 or
contact thru the Kennedy-Douglas Center for the
Arts at 256-760-6379.
Belle Mont Mansion
Belle Mont Mansion is one of Alabama's most
distinguished homes. It is an excellent example
of Jeffersonian style architecture of the early
American Republic. Constructed in the early
1800's, the Belle Mont Mansion is known for its
high-quality brickwork and contrasting wood trim
....Open for tours by appointment only
Cooks Lane, Off U.S. 43, south of Tuscumbia
(256)381-8438 or (256)381-5052
Edith Newman Culver Memorial Museum
Built in 1870,
this historic home features a museum full of
period antiques. Civil War relics, Native
American artifacts, and the unique history of
one of Alabama's oldest towns, Waterloo ....The
museum is open Friday Sunday, 1 4 p.m. Call for
Main Street, Waterloo (256) 767-6081
A project of
the Bear Creek Watershed Environmental Education
program, this is an outdoor education facility
on an old family farm in Franklin County. The
farmstead and cemetery are used as teaching
tools in the field of social studies. The varied
terrain, the wide variety of plants and animals
and lake frontage are valued for teaching the
natural sciences. There are dormitories and a
dining hall on the property.
information, call the Russellville Board of
Historic LaGrange Site, Antebellum Cemetery &
on the National Historical Register of
Landmarks, this cemetery and the recreated log
cabins are all that remain as a record of the
town of 395 people and LaGrange College and
Military Academy, Alabama's first college. There
is a welcome center and a bed and breakfast is
planned. The town and college were destroyed in
a Civil War battle in April, 1863. The site has
been restored by the LaGrange Living Historical
Association, which sponsors a festival each May
with a Civil War reenactment, music, crafts and
Off Hwy. 157 in
Leighton (256) 383-0783
Dismals Canyon & Rock Bridge Canyon
Dismals Canyon in Phil Campbell, a National
Natural Landmark, features a canyon, nature and
mountain bike trails, canoeing, camping, hiking,
swimming, picnicking, lodges and a country
store. Rock Bridge Canyon in Hodges is a rustic
area featuring natural bridge waterfalls, scenic
rock formations, mountain laurel, trees and
shrubs and a nature trail.
901 Hwy. 8, Phil Campbell
1944 Canyon Road, near Hodges
Natchez Trace Parkway
scenic highway follows the historic route from
Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee.
In Alabama, the Parkway goes through western
Colbert County. Maintained by the National Park
Service, the Parkway follows the same paths
trekked by Davy Crockett and Andrew Johnson.