Founded in 1819, Tuscaloosa is located along the Black Warrior riverbanks. The city served as capital of Alabama from 1826-1846, expanding as a regional center of industry, commerce, healthcare and education. Today, Tuscaloosa includes a wide variety of restaurants, parks, and shops. Local organizations like the Kentuck Arts Center and the Alabama Blues Project, both demonstrate communal awareness and recognition of the region’s unique arts and culture. For more on local attractions in the area, see: visittuscaloosa.com and tuscaloosachamber.com.
Scholars interested in maximizing their visit to the area with archival research will find several important repositories on campus or within driving distance:
Take a self guided tour of Hallowed Grounds with this campus map and explanations. Like other early American institutions of higher education, slavery played a significant role. This alternate campus tour guide hopes to shed light onto the lives, experiences, and legacy of the many unsung men, women, and children who lived, worked, and even died at the University of Alabama.
The Gorgas House Museum is the oldest structure on The University of Alabama campus. Built in 1829, the building served as a dining hall, hotel, and residence for the University’s Steward. Converted into a faculty residence in the 1840s, it was one of seven buildings to survive the campus Civil War burning in 1865.
Now, named for the Gorgas family that occupied the home from 1879-1953, the Museum houses original Gorgas furnishings, memorabilia, and a collection of 19th century artifacts. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
Hours of operation: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
General Admission is $2.00. Admission is free for current University of Alabama faculty, staff, students, and members of the University Alumni Association.
To schedule a group tour, please call 205-348-5906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hotel Capstone has both a bar and restaurant, and the Ferguson Food Court and Lakeside Dining Halls are in walking distance. Off campus, there are numerous restaurants (Barbecue, traditional southern, Mexican, farm-to-table, Thai, etc. with a range of prices).
Tuscaloosa is easily accessible via major highways and the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Shuttle buses can be arranged between dorms and the Bryant Conference Center/Hotel Capstone. Parking passes will be emailed out for on-site parking.