Each year, hundreds of school groups from across the state visit Old Alabama Town to have fun while gaining a better understanding of the history they are learning in the classroom. Old Alabama Town allows students to visualize life in the 19th and early 20th century and our education department has the knowledge and expertise to provide a meaningful learning experience for your students.
Plan at least 1.5 hours for all tours, except for combination tours which last 2.5 hours.
Details and Planning:
- Accommodations: Each tour will accommodate a maximum of 60 people. Guided tours are not offered to groups of less than 10 people.
- Group Rates: $5.00 student, $8.00 adult. One complimentary adult ticket is provided for every 20 students. If there is more than one teacher or adult for a group of 20 students, the adult rate will apply. If you have a large group, the group will be divided into separate tours. Teachers will stay with their classes.
- Special Assistance: We have limited accessibility for people with disabilities. Please give Old Alabama Town advance notice of students with special needs.
- Cancellation Policy: A two-week cancellation notice is required. If you fail to cancel, a deposit will be charged for all future tours scheduled by your school. The deposit will be non-refundable, but will be deducted from total bill. It is important that you notify us of any change in your field trip immediately.
- Disclaimer: Old Alabama Town will make every effort to provide tours as booked. However, we reserve the right to substitute alternate sites or activities if necessary.
- Meals: Lunch facilities are not provided for school groups. Kiwanis Park, adjacent to the Reception Center, is available for blanket picnicking and offers a fun and safe playground for children to burn off some energy.
- Busses and Parking: Please study the directions and map to Old Alabama Town and share it with your bus driver. Columbus Street is a one-way street, west bound. Our Educational Center is on the corner of Columbus and North McDonough Streets. Buses should enter the bus lane at the corner (from the right-hand lane), load and unload on North McDonough in our special lane, and park in our lot on Columbus Street, across from the Reception Center. Buses are NOT to park on any of the streets around Old Alabama Town. Cars and vans are not to turn into the bus lane or park in the loading area. Parking is provided free of charge.
Tour A: Early Alabama History--Encounter the history of early settlements in Alabama, the Federal Road, and Pioneer Life. Sites: Lucas Tavern, Dogtrot, Pole Barn and Log Cabin. Tour Schedules: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Tour B: Continuing the Journey--Follow the journey from slavery on an urban plantation (1850) to the turn of the century (1890) in Alabama. Sites: Ordeman Slave Quarters, Shotgun House, Church and School. Tour Schedules: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Tour C: Life in the 1890s--Relive life in urban and rural areas of Alabama at the turn of the century. Sites: School, Church, Grocery Store, Shotgun House and Doctor’s Office. Tour Schedules: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Tour D: Working In History Discover how Alabamians worked in rural areas at the turn of the century. Sites: Blacksmith, Spinner/Weaver, Cotton Gin and Grist Mill or Print Shop/Drugstore. Tour Schedules: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Tour E Working In History: Visit locations of working Alabamians at the turn of the century. Sites: Print Shop/Drugstore, Cotton Gin, Spinning/Weaving, and Grist Mill or Blacksmith. Tour Schedules: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Tour F: Sampler Tour--Enjoy highlights from the Living and Working Block tours. Sites: Cotton Gin, Spinning/Weaving, School, and Grocery Store or Shotgun House. Tour Schedules: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Tour G: Ordeman Outbuildings--Learn about urban plantation life before the Civil War. Sites: Kitchen, Scullery, Slave Quarters, Laundry, Tool Shed, Carriage House and Barn. Tour Schedules: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Combination Tours: Plan at least 2.5 hours for these tours, Museum Giftshop, and restrooms.
- Combination 1--Tours A and B. Offered at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.
- Combination 2--Tours A and C. Offered at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.
- Combination 3--Tours A and G. Offered at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
- Combination 4--Tours C and D. Offered at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
For more information on booking a school or group tour
contact education director Florence Giles
334-240-4517 or 1-888-240-1850