Monroeville Area Attractions

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BEATRICE

Rikard’s Mill Historical Park
4116 Hwy. 265 North, Beatrice
Please call ahead. Admission is charged.
(251) 789-2781 or (251) 575-7433
www.monroecountymuseum.org

In November and by appointment, visitors can watch as corn is ground into cornmeal and grits. The family-oriented park includes picnic tables and an attractive lawn area. For more information, visit www.monroecountymuseum.org.

Monroe County State Public Fishing Lake
3596 County Rd. 50, Beatrice
(251) 789-2104

940-acre lake located 3 miles west of Highway 265. Piney Woods Bird Watchers Tour. Six campsites for self-contained campers. No water or electricity. No tents allowed. Open Tuesday-Sunday, dawn to dusk.

BUENA VISTA

Turn-of-the-century town located north of Beatrice
1938 County Rd. 56
(251) 593-6400
www.beatricealabama.com

Hunting and sportsman lodging in Monroe County. Skeet shooting facility available for rental. For tours of the Concord Church, Country Store, etc., call for reservations.

EXCEL

Murphy Park
617 Brown St., Excel
(251) 765-2558

Family fun park with baseball and softball games, skating, a walking path and a playground. Open daylight hours and during special events. Excel is most famous as the home of University of Alabama football legend Lee Roy Jordan.

FRANKLIN

Isaac Creek Campground
5030 Lock and Dam Rd., Franklin
(334) 682-4244
Campground: (251) 282-4254

On the Alabama River, improved campsites, playground, biking trails, pavilion, bathhouses, etc. Managed by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Rutherford Bros. Store, Dr Rutherford’s Office, Franklin School House, and First United Methodist Church
Hwy. 41, Franklin

Buildings have been privately restored by the Rutherford family of Mobile. Visitors may take a walking tour to view exteriors of these historic buildings.

FRISCO CITY

D&D Furniture Factory Outlet
19 Central Ave., Frisco City
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday
(251) 267-3767

Large selection of affordable furniture, ranging from living rooms to bedrooms.

PERDUE HILL

The Masonic Hall (circa 1823) & William Barrett Travis House
U. S. Highway 84 West, Perdue Hill

Open by appointment; available for rental. Contact Agee Broughton at the W. E. Broughton Store, (251) 575-9692

This majestic building was originally located on the banks of the Alabama River in Claiborne, one of Alabama’s lost towns. It was moved to its present site in the 1880s. The building has served as a Masonic hall and courtroom, and has hosted many receptions, including a famous reception for the Marquis de Lafayette.

MONROEVILLE

Coastal Alabama Community College Writers Fountain & Library
2800 S. Alabama Ave., Monroeville
(251) 575-3156
www.coastalalabama.edu

Names of well-known area writers featured on fountain; library also houses several works by area artists, including special commissions by internationally acclaimed artist Nall.

Coastal Alabama Walking Trail
Coastal Alabama Community College
2800 S. Alabama Ave., Monroeville
(251) 575-3156; www.ascc.edu

The entrance to this trail is behind Nettles Auditorium on Coastal Alabama’s campus. The trail, slightly over one mile, is paved and lighted and offers a retreat into a beautiful wooded setting.

AVA – American Volkssport Association “The Monroeville Walk”
www.monroecountyal.com; www.ava.org

The Walk Box is located in the lobby of the Monroeville Police Station. Volkswalk (German for “Walk of the People”) is a 6-mile walk through Monroeville’s historic neighborhoods and the Whitey Lee Park and Lake area. For information on the walk, call the Chamber of Commerce, its sponsor, at (251) 743-2879.

Historic Walking Tour in Downtown Square Monroeville
Offered during Old Courthouse Museum hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday 10-1.
(251) 575-7433

Self-guided one-hour tour starts at Old Courthouse Museum. Walk the town Harper Lee and Truman Capote grew up in during the 1930s.

Historic Walking Tour II
86 N. Alabama Ave., Monroeville

Tour during Chamber office hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or by appointment.

A history of the structures, including turn-of-the-century homes that are part of Monroeville’s historic district; available through Chamber of Commerce.

Katherine Lee Rose Garden & War Memorial Gazebo
Monroe County New Courthouse
65 N. Alabama Ave.
Monroeville, AL 36460
(251) 743-4107

Over 90 different roses maintained by Garden Club. Gazebo used for weddings and other functions. War memorial with Eternal Flame dedicated to area veterans.

Lyle Salter Park
South Alabama Avenue & Claiborne St., Monroeville
(251) 743-2879

Park in downtown Monroeville with historic marker and murals by Semmes artist featuring scenes from “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

Mel’s Dairy Dream
216 S. Alabama Ave., Monroeville
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
(251) 743-2483

Next to site of the Faulk House where Truman Capote spent summers. This is an old-fashioned drive-in featuring a diverse menu and great service. Site of former Lee home.

Monroe County Public Library
121 Pineville Rd., Monroeville
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday & Friday; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
(251) 743-3818

Located in restored LaSalle Hotel. Gregory Peck slept here when he visited Monroeville in preparation for his role as Atticus Finch. Alabama reading room. Children’s library. 30,000 volumes of books on tape, 67,000 titles for children and adults, hardback, paperback and large print. Computers available for public use.

Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Office & Visitors Center
86 N. Alabama Ave., Monroeville
(251) 743-2879
www.monroecountyal.com;
www.visitmonroevilleal.com

Restored 1925 bank building. Visitors packages and area memorabilia; Guided tours by appointment. Conference
facility is also available to Chamber
members for business meetings, luncheons, receptions, etc.

Monroe County Heritage Museum
Courthouse Square, Old Monroe County Courthouse, 31 N. Alabama Ave., Monroeville
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Group tours by appointment.
(251) 575-7433
www.monroecountymuseum.org

Courtroom was the model for the trial scene in “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Monroeville’s Nelle Harper Lee. Annual spring performances by an all-volunteer cast, “The Mockingbird Players,” produced by The Mockingbird Company.

St. John’s Episcopal Church & Courtyard
200 Whetstone St., Monroeville
Open daily
(251) 743-4549
www.stjohnsmonroeville.org

The church’s lovely and historic parish hall is nearly 100 years old. The courtyard, featuring beautiful landscaping and the cemetery, has been developed in recent years.

Faulk Property
South Alabama Ave., Monroeville
(Next to Mel’s Dairy Dream)
(251) 575-7433

National Register site of the Faulk House where Truman Capote visited as a child.  The rock wall around the property is original to the Faulk House, as is the site of the goldfish pond.

VF Outlet
900 Drewry Rd.
Monroeville, AL 36460
Hours: January-September; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday; October-December: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday
(251) 575-2330
www.vffo.com

Quality, name-brand apparel and merchandise for the entire family.

Vanity Fair Golf Club
613 Golf Dr., Monroeville
(251) 575-4700

Built by Vanity Fair Foundation, the club was donated to Monroe County Commission in the 1980s. The commission leases it back to the club membership and board of directors. Membership organization; reciprocal agreements with area clubs; lunch served daily Tuesday-Friday; Sunday buffet; 18-hole golf club; call for tee times.

Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Drive and S. Mount Pleasant St., Monroeville

Adjoins the city sports complex; special memorial area dedicated to area veterans.

Whitey Lee Park
Park Drive, Monroeville
(Near the Monroeville Community House)
www.cityofmonroeville.com

The park was developed in the 1940s by the Vanity Fair Foundation and donated to the city of Monroeville in 1983. It is named for the late chairman of the board, Manfred O. (Whitey) Lee, who was responsible for many infrastructure improvements to the city of Monroeville during his tenure at Vanity Fair and VF Corporation. Features walking trail, pavilion, 5-acre lake, Community House, in a beautiful park setting, adjoining the Vanity Fair Golf Club. The Community House and pavilion are available for rental for special events, receptions, business functions, etc., through the city of Monroeville,
(251) 575-2081.

YMCA & City Pool
2197 S. Mount Pleasant Ave.
Monroeville, AL 36460

All types of fitness classes, sports programs, swimming lessons, soccer, basketball, youth activities, day camps and after-school programs.
(251) 575-9622

Nearby Atmore (30-minute drive time): Wind Creek Casino, Hotel, Movie Theater, Bowling Alley, Spa and Cooking Studio
303 Poarch Rd., Atmore
(251) 368-8007

*This list of area attractions (those places relating to the arts, downtown commerce, history and recreation) compiled by the Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, 86 N. Alabama Ave., Monroeville.

A complete list of area restaurants, motels and bed-and-breakfast establishments is available through the Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce,
www.monroecountyal.com.

Monroeville has a number of gift, antique and home furnishing shops. For a map of the Monroeville Main Street district, please visit Monroeville Main Street at www.Monroevillemainstreet.com, or visit the Monroeville/ Monroe County Chamber of Commerce office.