HISTORY

Tuscaloosa County, one of the oldest counties in Alabama, is located in the West-Central portion of the state. Within its boundaries are the foothills of the Appalachians, fertile farmland, and the Black Warrior River. The area was originally home to Native Americans, including the famed Chief Tuskaloosa from whom the county received its name. European encounters with the area began during DeSoto’s explorations of the 1500s, but white settlement did not begin in large numbers until the early 1800s. The county grew quickly in population and influence after Alabama became a state in 1819, hosting the state capital from 1826 to 1847 and the University of Alabama, opened in 1831.

Tuscaloosa County flourished during the antebellum years, as the white and black population steadily grew. The physical and economic devastation brought by the Civil War left a deep scar on the county and brought an abrupt halt to its development. It overcame lean postwar years to become a leading population and educational center in the early 1900s. Today, Tuscaloosa County is enjoying steady growth and one of the highest standards of living in the state. Its rich and storied past includes Native American legends, Civil War skirmishes, educational and athletic achievement, and a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement.

Throughout the county, physical vestiges of this rich heritage abound: Antebellum homes, quiet old cemeteries, landmark downtown business establishments, and picturesque ruins. The TCPS hopes that making them accessible in this unique way, more people will come to appreciate them and join us in our effort to preserve our past

TOUR INFORMATION

The Preservation Society has worked tirelessly to save and restore our sites, we have a tour guide offering tours of our sites Tuesday through Saturday at set times.  Morning tours are available by advance appointment at $10 per person per site.

We are happy to offer free tours at the following sites at the following times:
Tour the Old Tavern at 1:30 PM
Tour the Battle Friedman House at 2:30 PM
Tour the Jemison Mansion at 3:30 PM
Tour the Murphy-Collins House By Appointment

We offer these guided tours Tuesday through Saturday at these times for free.  Just meet at the site at the tour start time.

We can make appointments for other tour times with advance notice, group rates available for groups of 10 or more, call for details.  205-758-2238