Big Bear Cabin

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Big Bear Cabin

 (901) 412-5507 /791 Shook Road, Cherokee, AL 35616 www.pickwickwaterfrontrentals.com

Located on Bear Creek on beautiful Pickwick Lake, you may rent all or part of this large, three-story, stone and cedar cabin. Six Bedrooms, four baths, two kitchens, and two sets of washers/dryers. An outdoor paradise for a family getaway or for fishermen, hunters and for those who just enjoy the outdoors. 20 minutesfrom Tuscumbia/Florence in west Colbert County.

Historic Tuscumbia

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Historic Tuscumbia

Colbert County Courthouse

Historic Tuscumbia (“One of Alabama’s Best Collections of 19th century architecture from the antebellum period.”)  The town of Tuscumbia is centered by its quaint downtown, which includes the majestic Colbert County Courthouse, a restored train depot, early churches and many historic homes.  More than 100 buildings remain from the antebellum period.  A 6-block area along Main Street holds some of Alabama’s earliest commercial buildings, including the Sutherland Building and Commercial Row. Helen Keller’s father, Capt. Arthur Keller, edited a newspaper in one of these brick buildings and many are restored to house specialty shops and restaurants. The south end of Main Street culminates at Spring Park, site of the town’s founding (c.1815), where a cool spring flows from limestone rock over a picturesque waterfall. Chickasaw Chief Tuscumbia was honored by early white settlers in the naming of the town. National Register Historic District. Signage marks historic structures over 100 years old. A Historic Tuscumbia Walking/Driving Tour brochure is available. (See Events for Summer Walking Tours and Trolley Tours.)  (256) 383-0783  www.VisitTuscumbiaAL.com

 

“Rock of Ages Trail” Tuscumbia

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“Rock of Ages Trail” Tuscumbia

St. John's Episcopel Church

“Rock of Ages Trail” Take a driving tour past 18 cherished churches of Colbert County. These church buildings are at least 100 years old with the congregations in most cases being even older. The architecture ranges from simple log, to primitive wooden, to rock and brick. Of varied denominations, a brochure presents these churches as the “Rock of Ages Trail.”  (256) 383-0783  www.colbertcountytourism.org

 

Tuscumbia Railway Depot

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Tuscumbia Railway Depot

Historic Tuscumbia Railroad Depot
Historic Tuscumbia Railroad Depot

Tuscumbia Railway Depot, 204 West 5th St., Tuscumbia, AL 35674.  This 1888 restored passenger depot was utilized by both the Memphis and Charleston and Southern Railway companies. In it’s early years, the depot was used often by Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. Today it is a museum dedicated to rail memorabilia. A Keller family carriage occupies one room of the museum. Tuscumbia boasts the first railroad west of the Appalachian Mountains.  Admission. (256) 389-1357.  www.tuscumbiarailway.com. Open by appointment.

Coldwater Stagecoach Stop

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Coldwater Stagecoach Stop

Coldwater Stagecoach Stop, 302 South Dickson St., Tuscumbia, AL 35674.  Built as early as 1815, this small hewn-log cabin served as a stagecoach stop on the Jackson Military Road and is believed to be one of several cabins operated as a hotel by Michael Dickson, the first white settler to Tuscumbia.  (256) 383-0783.  www.VisitTuscumbiaAL.com

Historic Coldwater Stagecoach Stop
Built in 1815

. Open by appointment.

 

Colbert County Courthouse

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Colbert County Courthouse

Colbert County Courthouse, serving Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Tuscumbia, Cherokee and Littleville.
Colbert County Courthouse

Colbert County Courthouse, 200 North Main St., Tuscumbia, AL 35674.  This stately building, the brick walls of which date back to its construction in 1881, houses county government and serves as the centerpiece of the surrounding Tuscumbia National Register Historic District. This district is extensive and includes structures from the early days of the town’s history, through the early twentieth century. The dome and columned porticoes were added when the building was rebuilt in 1908 following a fire. Visit the U.S. War Veterans Memorial, the Circle of Valor, on the grounds at the northeast corner and the monument honoring Confederate soldiers of the county that were killed during the Civil War.  (256) 386-8500. www.ColbertCounty.org  Hours: M – F 8 am – 4:30 pm. Free.

North Alabama Speedway

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North Alabama Speedway

North Alabama Speedway, 12200 Hwy. 247, Tuscumbia, AL 35674 This racing facility contains an 1/8th mile asphalt drag strip and a 3/8 mile, semi-bank clay oval. Racing divisions include Super Late Models, Late Model Stock/Crates, Modified Street and Mini Stocks.  (256) 381-5051. www.northalabamaspeedway.comDragway open on Th at 5 pm.; Speedway open on F at 4 pm.

LaGrange College Site Park

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LaGrange College Site Park

LaGrange College Site Park, 1461 LaGrange College Rd., Leighton, AL 35646. Established in 1830 as Alabama’s first college, LaGrange soon became known as “The West Point of the South.” The college was destroyed by Union forces led by Colonel Florence M. Cornyn and his “Destroying Angels.” Today, the historic site has been recreated with a pioneer village, including a welcome center and museum, restored cemetery and park with pavilion.  Recall LaGrange (annual event) remembers LaGrange College, “West Point of the South,” and the destruction of the school and village by Union forces during the Civil War. Reenactment, (256) 446-9324.  www.recall-lagrange.00me.com. Hours: Park open daily from 9 am – 5 pm.  Welcome Center/Museum open

Welcome Center at LaGrange College Site Park
LaGrange College Site Park Welcome Center

Su 1- 4 pm or by appt. Free. Gift Shop.

 

Coon Dog Cemetery

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Coon Dog Cemetery

Key Underwood Memorial Coon Dog Graveyard, Inc.
Key Underwood Memorial Coon Dog Graveyard

Coon Dog Cemetery, 4945 Coondog Cemetery Rd., Cherokee, AL 35616.  Over 300 coon dogs have been laid to rest in the scenic “Freedom Hills.” Unique headstones and epitaphs pay tribute to man’s best friend.  Key Underwood’s raccoon hunting dog, Troop, was the first dog buried here on Labor Day in 1937.  The Coon Dog Labor Day Celebration is held at the world’s only Coon Dog Cemetery. Enjoy “old time” bluegrass music, buck dancing, barbecue, and a liar’s contest. STS Top 20 event.  Labor Day. Free  (256) 383-0783.  www.coondogcemetery.com. www.facebook.com/coondogcemetery  Open daylight hours, daily, year round. Free.

Belle Mont Mansion

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Belle Mont Mansion

Belle Mont Mansion

Belle Mont Mansion, 1569 Cook Lane, Tuscumbia, AL 35674.  Belle Mont is one of early Alabama’s crowning architectural achievements. It is one of the most outstanding Palladianstyle houses in the Deep South. The mansion has a raised, two-story central section with flanking, one-story wings and a U-shaped floor plan that embraces a courtyard. This architecture is reflective of Thomas Jefferson’s early designs; a similar plan is preserved among Jefferson’s drawings at Harvard University.  (256) 381-5052. www.preserveala.org.  Hours: Th – Sa 9 am-4 pm; Su 1- 5 pm. Admission.

 

Tennessee Valley Museum of Art

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Tennessee Valley Museum of Art

Tennessee Valley Art Center

Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, 511 North Water St., Tuscumbia, AL 35674.  This regional art center is a venue for cultural activities. Galleries provide annual and rotating exhibits, juried fine art and craft shows, workshops for adults and children. The Martin petroglyph exhibit is permanent and may be seen at any time. (See website for Exhibit Schedule.) (256) 383-0533. www. tvaa.net. Hours: M – F 9 am – 5 pm; Su.  1-3 pm. Admission. Gift Shop.

Stagger Lee Lounge

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Stagger Lee Lounge

1140 Old Highway 20, Tuscumbia (256) 314-1110 Mon. – Sat., 1 pm to 2 am

Riding through Tuscumbia on your motorcycle? This is the place to take a break and relax before visiting the rest of the Shoals.

 

The Palace Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop

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The Palace Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop

100 South Main Street, Tuscumbia (256) 386-8210 Mon.– Sat. 11am – 5pm

Get nostalgic with this newly restored historic building. For years The Palace Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop has been serving the Shoals the old fashioned way, complete with a soda fountain style service.

Sparkey’s Drive-Inn

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Sparkey’s Drive-Inn

701 Old Lee Hwy, Tuscumbia (256) 383-1387 Mon. – Sat. 10am – 6pm

Take a step into the past. The only drive through restaurant that has been serving Tuscumbia for over 50 years.

Rocking Chair Restaurant

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Rocking Chair Restaurant

800 Highway 72 West, Tuscumbia (256) 381-6105 Mon. – Thurs. 9am to 9pm; Fri., Sat. & Sun. 7am to 9pm.

Get your daily specials and traditional Catfish here. Come enjoy the homey atmosphere that this place is known for!

 

Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Alabama Music Hall of Fame

The outstanding achievements and the music of Alabamians are presented in this state museum. “Father of the Blues” W.C. Handy, “Father of Rock and Roll” Sam Phillips and Percy Sledge (“When a Man Loves a Woman”), all Shoals natives, are among the prestigious inductees. You’ll hear rocking rhythms and soul touching melodies as you admire the vast memorabilia from the lives and careers of more than 1,000 stars, representing all styles of America’s music. The world-famous music recorded at Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is featured and a signature Mississippi Blues Trail marker recognizes the far-reaching influence of the Muscle Shoals sound and its originators.

(256) 381-4417 

Toll free (800) 239-2643

www.alamhof.org

Hours: M-Sa 9 am-5 pm

Mama Jean’s Restaurant

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Mama Jean’s Restaurant

2325 Highway 20, Tuscumbia (256) 381-7001 Mon-Fri. 10:30am to 8pm  Closed Saturday & Sunday

Miss your mama’s cookin’? Get it here! Daily lunch specials offered.

 

 

Jody’s Restaurant

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Jody’s Restaurant

1440 Highway 20, Tuscumbia (256) 389-9005 Open 24 hours, daily

A real taste of the south, Jody’s Restaurant offers a full menu, which includes a signature southern breakfast and catfish.