The city of Huntsville dates back to 1805 when Revolutionary War veteran, John Hunt, arrived and settled the land near the big spring. The town became the first incorporated city in Alabama in 1811. Needless to say, a lot has happened since 1805 and there’s an abundance of historic sites and attractions certain to satisfy even the most enthusiastic history buffs.
Not only was Huntsville home to the Alabama Constitution Convention which set up Alabama as the 22nd state of the Union, but cotton, the railroad, a rich Native American culture, the Civil War, and the largest concentration of Antebellum homes in the entire South all play integral roles in the city’s heritage. Huntsville also boasts of several famous and infamous residents such as actress, Tallulah Bankhead, Rebel Raider, John Morgan, and it’s the final resting place for five Alabama governors.
Visitors can take in Huntsville’s storied past in a variety of ways including, museums such as the Huntsville Depot, Redstone Arsenal, Constitution Village or explore the Historic Twickenham District on foot. If you dare, check out Maple Hill Cemetery or take the Huntsville Ghost Walk for a gripping and historically accurate account of Huntsville’s spirit activity.