While we were in Huntsville, we stopped in at Constitution Village, a living history museum focusing on Alabama's early history. The Village consists of federal style buildings reconstructed on their original sites to commemorate the birth of a state. Alabama was the 22nd state admitted to the Union on December 14, 1819.
The Alabama Constitutional Convention met in Huntsville to draft a constitution that prepared the way for Alabama's statehood. The only building large enough to accommodate the forty-four delegates was a vacant cabinetmaker's shop.
Today, it's known as Constitution Hall and houses a working cabinetmaker's shop with period tools and equipment.
The Clay Building housed several businesses:
a law office,
Huntsville's post office,
and the Federal survey team.
Madison County's first sheriff lived in this house.
They may not have been rich, but I think the Sheriff and his family led a pretty comfortable life.
After touring Constitution Village, and a much-needed lunch, we dropped in at Alabama's Oldest Hardware Store.
Harrison Brothers is filled with a little bit of everything.
However, due to higher than average prices, and the fact that I was tired, I didn't bring anything home with me.
The next couple of weekends our dog sitter is on vacation in Florida so we have to find adventures closer to home. Maggie needs her potty breaks!