Land Huntsville International Airport approximately 1:00PM. Deplane, gather luggage, board bus for Mooresville visit.
Approximately 15 minutes from HSV to Mooresville
Exit 2 on I-565 - South on Mooresville Road
Mooresville, the town older than the State of Alabama has just celebrated it 200 year Anniversary in 2018. Many of the original structures and homes are still in use by descendants and the community including the Brick Church, the Mooresville Post Office and the Church of Christ.
Disney fans might recognize many of the sites as the backdrop for 1995 film of Tom and Huck. The live-action adventure adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was shot on location in the tiny, 1-mile square mile town.
The Mooresville Post Office, the oldest operating Post Office in the State of Alabama, is open Monday-Saturday from 8:00AM-10:00AM. During the Alabama 200, the location is a highlighted Alabama PastPort venue that can be checked-in via the Alabama 200 PastPort App.
Looking for a snack? Wander by JaVa.Mooresville for a slice of fresh baked pie, fresh squeezed Lemonade, or one of many Lyla's Little House treats on hand. Be sure to peruse the collection of art and folkart - you might spot an Andy Warhol or a Gees Bend Quilt in the selection.
Approximately 10 minutes from Mooresville to Old Greenbrier Restaurant
Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes from Hampton Inn to W.C. Handy Birthplace
W.C. Handy Home - Tuscumbia
620 College Street, Florence, AL
W. C. HANDY BIRTHPLACE, MUSEUM & LIBRARY“Where the Tennessee River, like a silver snake, winds her way through the clay hills of Alabama, sits high on these hills, my home town, Florence.” W.C. Handy The Father of the Blues, William Christopher Handy, was born in Florence in 1873 in a simple cabin that today houses a large collection of his personal papers, memorabilia and artifacts. Born with a natural musical bent-as a boy he visualized birdcalls as notes on a scale. Handy went on to compose such well-known blues jewels as St. Louis Blues, Beale Street Blues, and Memphis Blues. Feel the blues down to your toes standing next to the very piano that shook with St. Louis Blues for the first time; see his hand-written sheets of music-originals of many of his tunes.
Admission Charged: $12.00 per adult; $6.00 per student
Open Tuesday-Saturday-10 AM-4 PM Address: 620 West College Street, Florence, Alabama Phone: 256-760-6434
NOTE: Curator, Mrs. Norwood, has graciously agreed to open and provide tour of the W.C. Handy Birthplace and Museum for the IFA Japan Ambassadors visit on August 19, 2019 - a day the attraction would otherwise be closed.
Approximately 20 minutes from W.C. Handy Birthplace to Helen Keller
Helen Keller Birthplace - Ivy Green
300 North Commons West, Tuscumbia
In 1954, through the efforts of the Helen Keller Property Board of Tuscumbia and the State of Alabama, Ivy Green was made a permanent shrine and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ivy Green is located two miles off Hwys. 72 and 43 in Colbert County, Tuscumbia, Alabama.
Hours: Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Last tour starts at 3:45 p.m. daily Holiday closings: Easter, Labor Day, Thanksgiving day, Dec. 24, 25, 26th and New Years Day. Group reservations requested
Ages 5-18 years: $3.00; Adults: $6.00
NOTE: The IFA Japan Ambassador Visit has been added to the Helen Keller Ivy Green calendar
Approximately 1 hour 10 minutes from Helen Keller to Village Pizza Athens
Local Officials will greet you and welcome you to our community during lunch.
Approximately 5 minutes from Village Pizza to Alabama Veterans Museum
Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives
100 West Pryor Street, Athens, AL
The Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives collection contains an impressive display of artifacts from the Revolutionary War until present day. Visitors can walk among the actual uniforms, medals, photos and weapons; hear stories and experiences about the nation’s wars from men and women who were actually there. With over 10,000 visitors last year, the Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives has become a vital part of Athens Alabama, not only do we draw the local public to our museum to educate and teach of the sacrifices what it takes to keep our country free, we have visitors from all over the United States and other countries.
Approximately 5 minutes from Alabama Veterans Museum to Athens State University
Athens State University Music Museums
McCandless Hall, Athens State University 300 North Beaty Athens, AL
Delmore Brothers Museum
The Delmore Brothers, made up of Alton and Rabon, found their start right here in Limestone County, Alabama. “Born into poverty near Elkmont, sons of tenant farmers, amid a rich tradition of gospel and Appalachian folk music;” they went on to write over 1200 songs. The Delmore Brothers became stars of the Grand Ole Opry, Grammy winners, and Country Music Hall of Famers. The Delmore Brothers Museum has been open since 2008, thanks to the generous donation of artifacts from Debby Delmore, youngest daughter of Alton Delmore. Athens State University is proud to support the goal of preserving and sharing the influential and diverse sounds of the Delmore Brothers for generations to come.
Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Museum
The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention Museum was opened in 2016 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the event. It would not have been possible without the support of the TVOTFC Steering Committee and the generous donations and work of committed community members and volunteers. The Tennessee Valley and North Alabama has always been a “hot bed of traditional old time music,” the museum features photos and memorabilia from this long and vibrant history. Athens State University is honored to continue being a proud host for the folk music legacy that is the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.
The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Museum and the Delmore Brothers Museum offers a glimpse into the musical history of not only Athens State University but also Limestone County and the world beyond.
Open annually during the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention the first full week of October, visits otherwise must be scheduled by appointment.
Approximately 5 minutes from Athens State University to Downtown Athens
Downtown Athens - Explore, Shop, Dine
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Approximately 45 minutes from Hampton Inn to Constitution Village in Huntsville
Earlyworks - Constitution Village
109 Gates Avenue SE, Huntsville, AL
Step inside the picket fence and be transported back to 1819…Hear the whir of the spinning wheel… smell the enticing aroma of freshly baked bread being prepared over an open fire… turn the great wheel lathe in the cabinetmaker’s shop… and visit with villagers busy with their daily tasks, seemingly unaware that nearly two centuries have come and gone. OPENING JUNE 1, 2019.... General Admission: $12.00 per person OPTION: 3 Week Advance booking required for $150.00 2-hour guided tour featuring a Bicentennial theme.
NOTE: Bus parking depends on events happening the day of tour, if low attendance day, Constitution Village may be able to block meters for bus. Otherwise, bus will have to drop off and return.
Approximately 15 minutes from Constitution Village to U.S. Space and Rocket Center
U.S. Space and Rocket Center
One Tranquility Base, Huntsville AL
Ultimate Field Trip
General Admission, Adult (13 and up): $25
General Admission, Child (5 to 12): $17
General Admission, Children 4 and under: FREE
INTUITIVE® Planetarium, Adult (13 and up): $10
INTUITIVE® Planetarium, Child (5 to 12): $9
Marshall Space Flight Center Bus Tour, Adult: $20
Marshall Space Flight Center Bus Tour, Children 4 and under: FREE
Movie Combo (Admission + one National Geographic movie)
Adults (13 and up) - $30
Children (5 to 12) - $22
Seniors (55 and up) - $27
Children 4 and under - FREE
Planetarium Combo (Admission + one INTUITIVE® Planetarium Show)
Adults (13 and up) - $32
Children (5 to 12) - $24
Seniors (55 and up) - $29
Children 4 and under - FREE
***Feature length films excluded *** ***Additional movies can be added to any Stars Combo for $5 per movie, per person***