Terry's Travel Blog


This was easily my favorite capitol to visit on this trip. We arrived before it opened and took time to walk the grounds. The capitol has many interesting features. I enjoyed seeing the display of state flags on the west lawn, each with a stone at the base with each states name carved in it. This capitol also has the distinction of being the capitol of the Confederacy during the civil war. It is the place where all the states, with the exception of Texas, gathered to secede. There is a six sided brass star in the north portico that marks the spot where Jefferson Davis to his oath as the first(and only) President of the Confederate States of America.

We entered the building just after 9 am and were told that no visitors can walk through the building unless they are part of a tour. I asked when the next tour was and the gentleman responded impatiently that the next tour was at 11 am. We had just missed the first tour. I don’t want to call Mr. “Whatever” a liar, but I know for a fact that besides employees, we were the only people in the building. We were ready to leave in disappointment. I said something like “…we can’t wait until 11am. We have to get to Florida. We will just leave and talk all kinds of smack about Alabama. No worries.” Apparently I was persuasive because Mr. “Whatever” offered to take us on a private, but brief tour. He turned out to be very helpful, and we left with nothing but good things to day about Alabama. Thank you, Mr. “Whatever”.

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