Our community offers SO much that can be valuable to homeschoolers including classes, teams, workshops, etc. All resources listed here are available to all homeschoolers regardless of cover school. Some resources are open to the public by a public facility and some are homeschooling opportunities available to the entire homeschooling community. All resources were valid when listed, but sometimes the venue does not come back and tell us when they change details, so if you find information that is no longer valid, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please also contact us with any resource you feel should be shared here.
Museums and Historic Sites:
The Veterans' Memorial Museum – lots of tanks! http://www.memorialmuseum.org/
Von Braun Astronomical Society Planetarium/Observatory – weekly planetarium shows with presentations on a variety of topics, viewing through telescopes afterwards. http://www.vbas.org/
Maple Hill Cemetery – beautiful anytime and full of history (including the graves of Clement Clay – once suspected in Lincoln’s assassination, several AL governors, and Mary Lincoln’s half-brother). In October the cemetery comes alive with a variety of characters during the annual Cemetery Stroll. http://www.huntsvillepilgrimage.org/
Historic Districts (Twickenham, Old Town, and Five Points) – guided walking tours in the summer, pilgrimages (home tours) in May and December. http://www.huntsvillepilgrimage.org/
Harrison Brothers Hardware Store on the downtown square – http://www.harrisonbrothershardware.com/
The U.S. Space and Rocket Center – http://www.spacecamp.com/museum/
Cook’s Natural Science Museum in Decatur- Free. http://www.cookspest.com/education/museum/
Houston Library & House in Athens - public library and a period museum. Free. http://www.alabama.travel/alabama-attractions/houston_memorial_library_and_museum.html
Old State Bank in Decatur – tour one of the city's few structures to survive the Civil War. The limestone columns still bears scars of the Civil War. http://www.digitaldecatur.com/play/attractions/oldstatebank.html
Burritt on the Mountain – living history museum. http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/
Clay House Museum in Madison – http://www.alabama.travel/alabama-attractions/clay_house_museum.html
The North Alabama Railroad Museum – scheduled roundtrip train rides on the Mercury & Chase Railroad. The museum is only staffed on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but you can take a free self-guided tour of the outdoor displays any day. http://www.northalabamarailroadmuseum.com/
The Weeden House Museum – tour the home where artist and poet Maria Howard Weeden was born, lived (thru the Civil War), and died. The only historic home in downtown Huntsville that is open to the public as a museum. http://www.weedenhousemuseum.com/
Blue & Gray Museum of North Alabama (in Decatur) – museum of Civil War military equipment, including lots of guns.
Historic Mooresville (exit 2 off the 565) - This tiny town of 53 residents was incorporated in 1818. You can visit the 1840 post office (still in use) and drive or walk around to see the many historic buildings (including the 1821 Stagecoach Tavern, the 1839 Brick Church, and the 1854 Church of Christ). To get a really good look at this town you have to wait for the biennial Walking Tour (in May of odd numbered years) when some of the private buildings are open to the public (admission charged for the event). http://www.mooresvillealabama.com/tour09.htm
Mischief and Mayhem Walking Tour – Walking Tours in downtown Huntsville led by guides in period costumes, “will leave visitors with a taste of the other side of Huntsville’s history!” Every Saturday morning, March-May, departing from Constitution Village. http://mischiefandmayhem.biz/
Huntsville Ghost Walk – Walks start at Harrison Brothers Hardware Store on Saturday nights in downtown Huntsville, June-October. http://mischiefandmayhem.biz/
Downtown Huntsville Trolley Tours – Join a local historian on a narrated trolley tour through Huntsville’s Twickenham Historic District. Departs from Alabama Constitution Village at 10:30 & 11:30 am Saturdays in June and July.
This awesome list was sent in by Susan Martin!