I am ashamed for being disappointed that you won the bid to host #SoMeT13US. You were wonderful hosts, and the story of how you energized the entire city, state and region in the voting process is inspiring.
Huntsville's downtown and courthouse square are wonderful. You're going to be seeing and hearing more about this area in the years to come. There are far too many vacant store fronts, and lots of construction on the streets - these will be short-lived I'm sure and this area is going to be a vibrant arts and entertainment district very, very soon. My one complaint, and I know that no one in Huntsville now is responsible for it, but could you possibly have chosen an uglier design for your courthouse? What an eyesore! What were they thinking back in the 70's, anyway?
Harrison Brothers hardware store - in operation for 116 years! Of course, now it's a gift shop operated by the Historic Huntsville Foundation, but they have preserved the look and feel and even the products of the old-time hardware store. They have a wonderful selection of locally produced goods and art, and best of all, they ship! I'm anxiously awaiting the pickled okra, asparagus and various sauces that I purchased.
They offer tours, too. How about the Huntsville Ghost Walk? Spies, lies and alibis? Civil War Bones? Mischief and Mayhem? All of these sound like great ways to experience Huntsville history.
Just to the north of the downtown is the historic Huntsville Depot, which changed hands numerous times in the Civil War. I had probably the best living-history tour I've ever had through this Depot.
North Alabama Railroad Museum, which I didn't have time to see.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the Lumberyard - an authentic 1895 lumber yard now converted to an event and wedding venue. We had a wonderful off-site party... no, no, not party... networking event there Thursday night.
Maple Hill Cemetery - the Civil War Bones tour mentioned above guides you through this cemetery. It is beautiful. There is a self-guided tour available at the cemetery office and they host an annual walk during October. Two things on my list of things to see that I didn't get to were the Weeden House and Alabama Constitution Village. I guess it's a reason to go back!
Burritt Home on the Mountain. Dr. William Burritt donated 157 acres on the top of the mountain the community of Huntsville upon his death. The beautiful house he built overlooks breathtaking scenery down into the valley. And now for a unique Nebraska connection... the house is constructed of straw bales!
|Wide window ledge is a tell-tale sign of straw-bale construction.|
|A section of the straw left peeking through.|
|A living history re-enactor at the History Village|
U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Before I went there, I was decidedly unimpressed with the thought of visiting, but the sight of the massive Saturn 3 Rocket quickly changed that. I admit I was overawed with the exhibits, the experience at the Space Camp, the rocket launch and their gift shop. It is definitely a must-see for anyone visiting Huntsville.
Our short time in Huntsville has only scratched the surface of all there is to see and do in the area, so I guess I'll have to plan a return trip!