Cradled at the foothills of the Appalacian Mountains, West Alabama’s heritage is steeped in Civil
War history and the rich traditions of river towns. Four major rivers wind their way through West Alabama, nurturing creeks and lakes, lush greenery and wildlife along their scenic paths. At the heart of West Alabama is the City of Tuscaloosa, the proud home of the University of Alabama, with all the excitement, sports and cultural activity that a major university brings to its environs. Some of
the places you will want to see on your tour of West Alabama are within a few minutes of each other.
The University of Alabama on University Boulevard. The University opened its doors to students in 1831. The campus was designed by State Architect
William Nichols. Union troops spared only seven of the buildings on the UA campus. Of the principal buildings remaining today, the President’s Mansion (President’s Mansion pictured) and its outbuildings still serve as the president’s on-campus residence. The other buildings have new uses.
Gorgas House, at different times the dining hall, faculty residence, and campus hotel, now serves as a museum. The Roundhouse, then a sentry box for cadets, later a place for records storage, is a campus historical landmark. The Observatory, now Maxwell Hall, is home to the Computer-Based Honors Program. Visitor’s information is available in Rose Administration Building.
More than 500 works of American art spanning 1775 to the present are located at the Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art, 8316 Mountbatten Road. Noted as a top collection of American paintings, sculpters, furniture, and decorative arts from the late 18th to the early 20th century collected by industrialist and philanthropist, Jonathan, “Jack” Warner.
(Mon. Closed | Tue.- Fri. 12-5 | Sat. 10-5 | Sun. 1-5 • Daily Tours at 1:30 except Sunday
$7 Adults • $5 Students •| Group Tours available upon request. 205-343-4540.)
Murphy African-American Museum, 2601 Bryant Drive at the corner of Lurleen Wallace Blvd. South. A must-see for black heritage scholars and amateurs alike. The lifestyle of affluent black citizens in the early 1900s is depicted in this house built by William J. Murphy, the first black licensed mortician in Tuscaloosa. Changing exhibits of local, state and national achievements of African-Americans are offered. African-American contractors built the two story bungalow in the late 1920s with brick and hand-hewn sills salvaged from the old State Capital building in Tuscaloosa.
Paul W. Bryant Museum, located at 300 Paul W. Bryant Drive on the U of A campus. Feel the excitement of Alabama championship football. Follow the Crimson Tide through its 100 years history. Photographs, artworks and sports memorabilia, touch screen computer displays.
State-of-the-art Sports Archives on Southeastern Conference athletics. (Daily 9am-4pm, 205-348-4668)