There are several types of places located throughout Alabama, many of which will remind you of yesteryear. From historic museums and plantation homes, to timeless restaurants and antique shops, the options are endless. Displayed below is a mapped road trip with places that’ll take you on a journey through time. This unforgettable road trip has a distance of 663 miles and a drive time of 11 hours and 49 minutes, so it shouldn’t take long to visit all eight places.
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1. Harrison Brothers Hardware - Huntsville
Your first stop is Harrison Brothers Hardware in Huntsville.
Harrison Brothers Hardware was established in 1879, which makes it Alabama's oldest hardware store. It may not be a typical hardware store anymore, but visitors can still view receipts, ledgers, calendars, etc. from back in the day when it was. Interestingly, the original cash register from 1905 is still used to ring up customers.
2. Town of Mooresville
Your next stop is the town of Mooresville. Established in 1818, Mooresville is one of Alabama's oldest towns. The entire town is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the post office, which happens to be the oldest operating post office in Alabama (1840).
3. Gaineswood - Demopolis
Following a long, scenic drive, you'll arrive at Gaineswood in Demopolis. Gaineswood, which was built from 1843-61, is a beautiful, Greek Revival-style plantation home. It's also the grandest plantation house to ever be built in Marengo County, Alabama. Tours are available.
4. Prattville Pickers - Prattville
Your next stop is Prattville Pickers in Prattville. Covering more than 100,000 square feet, Prattville Pickers is Alabama's largest antique shop. You'll find all sorts of antiques and vintage items here that'll most certainly remind you of yesteryear, including furniture, jewelry, toys, and more.
5. Pioneer Museum of Alabama - Troy
Following a short drive, you'll arrive at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama in Troy. The Pioneer Museum of Alabama, which opened in 1971, celebrates the state's pioneer heritage. During your visit to this 40-acre museum, you'll learn how people lived during the 19th century.
6. Old Alabama Town - Montgomery
Your next stop is Old Alabama Town in Montgomery. Old Alabama Town is an authentic 19th-century village that shows visitors how people from a variety of backgrounds lived and worked in the central region of Alabama. Since 1967, more than 50 structures from the 19th and early 20th century have been restored to create this incredible attraction.
7. Tasty Dip - Heflin
You'll then drive to Tasty Dip in Heflin. Tasty Dip is an old fashioned drive-in restaurant that's been in business since 1948, making it Hefin's oldest restaurant. It serves some of the best food, especially ice cream, around.
8. Payne's Sandwich Shop & Soda Fountain - Scottsboro
Your final stop is Payne's Sandwich Shop & Soda Fountain in downtown Scottsboro. Payne's Sandwich Shop and Soda Fountain happens to be one of Alabama's last remaining soda fountains. This iconic sandwich shop, which was originally a drug store, is decked out in 1950s decor. It's truly nostalgic!
Have you ever been to any of these places in Alabama? If so, please let us know in the comments. Also, share with us some other places in Alabama that’ll take you on a journey through time.
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Harrison Brothers Hardware, 124 Southside Square, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA
Mooresville, AL 35649, USA
Gaineswood, 805 S Cedar Ave, Demopolis, AL 36732, USA
616 US-82, Prattville, AL 36067, USA
Pioneer Museum of Alabama, 248 US-231, Troy, AL 36081, USA
Old Alabama Town, 301 Columbus St, Montgomery, AL 36104, USA
Tasty Dip, 1278 Ross St, Heflin, AL 36264, USA
Payne's Sandwich Shop and Soda Fountain, 101 E Laurel St, Scottsboro, AL 35768, USA