There Is A Unique Man-Made Wonder Hiding In This Small Town In Alabama
By Lisa Battles|Published November 28, 2023
Lisa has traveled the U.S. for over a decade, seeking out and sharing the stories of its most interesting places, people, and experiences. A journalism graduate of Auburn University, she has been a content strategist, editor, and writer for more than 25 years. Lisa has worked in community news, PR, and marketing with a focus on tourism, hospitality, and economic development. Besides following her curiosity around every corner, she's a devoted dog mom of two and advocate for animal welfare.
The Pettus Randall Miniature Museum, a man-made wonder in Montevallo, Alabama, depicts much of US history in detailed dioramas. Comprising 35 scenes, the museum’s exhibits date to the 1960s. They finally received a permanent home in 2002 at American Village, a 183-acre living history museum.
I was drawn to the dioramas because they seemed so unique and fell in love with their story. It’s one of purpose, perceived failure, and then many multi-generational successes in business, education, and family. Read on to discover it for yourself.
Have you paid a visit to the American Village or to this man-made wonder in Montevallo, Alabama? I know I would have been especially fascinated when I was a kid and first learning US history in school. Let us know if your kids (and you) feel the same! We would love to hear about your experience.