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shop4u18
Daytona Beach Florida221 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
Relics of Athens?..No TUSCALOOSA....The architect who designed the Capitoal also designed the University of Alabama and the University of Mississippi.
The GOTHIC columns still stand with a portion of the lower floor.
The day of my visit a wedding was being set up. White folding chairs were waiting for the bride and groom.I imagined the wedding party walking down the Capitol stone walk way, the bride walking toward her groom waiting at he 'alter' of historic ruins.
It was a beautiful effect.
Also, on a very hot August day, (same day)acar pulled up letting out 6 young children...walking among the relics imagining being in the Capitol100 years ago!...
The park has a vast green lawn, benches to sit and enjoy the day, a gazebo to get out of the heat and beautiful shade trees.Its along side of University Boulevard. Worth a 10-15 minute stop to visit and enjoy the past of Tuscaloosa.
RollTide!
Written August 15, 2015
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MTravi
Nashville, TN264 contributions
Mar 2014 • Solo
Located on the grounds of an elementary school this completely accessible ruin is a treat. Site of one of the previous capitals of Alabama later turned into a girls school and then burned down. I can not believe more music videos or movies are not shot here. Words can not adequately describe this place. It is a marvel.
Written April 26, 2014
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PensiveWoodchuck
Tuscaloosa, AL3 contributions
Jan 2014 • Friends
Capitol Park is awfully tiny, but it's surrounded by cozy homes and rather insulated from the highway. A great place to go for a picnic after strolling through downtown Tuscaloosa. Cool place for photos, too. If you're a history buff, by all means visit--this unassuming site once housed the capitol building of Alabama, hence the name!
Written January 11, 2014
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RENportAL
Tuscaloosa, AL33 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Love this park, it is a favorite local spot for photo opportunities--prom nights, wedding announcements, etc.--due to picturesque stone ruins from historic Capitol of Alabama building which burned in the early 1900s. The park is big enough for children to run and play, and includes a large gazebo for public use. Capitol Park is mostly open space with green grass, but has some nice shade trees too. The historic old jail and tavern buildings from early Tuscaloosa days are adjacent to the park. The Capitol School is also next to the park. Unfortunately there are no bathroom facilities at the park, nor any refreshment vendors. It is however a great place to take a picnic! The park is well-located downtown Tuscaloosa near the amphitheater, only about a mile from the University of Alabama. It is just across the river from downtown Northport.
Written January 8, 2020
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Tabbatha B
5 contributions
May 2018 • Family
Captiol Park has a special spot in the hearts of those who live in TTown. It's used widely for weddings, special events, or for those looking for a little solitude from down town. My son took piano lessons at the Capitol School in the afternoons. Our other kiddos loved playing and running around the rocks as I was able to get in a quick walk along the trail that encircles the ruins. It was the perfect place with great aesthetics for mom and room for some kiddos to get out the wiggles. Whether you are an older couple looking for a pleasant walk, A college student looking for a great outdoor study place, or a family looking to experience some history with an ulterior motive of getting out of the house, Capitol Park will not disappoint!
Written December 11, 2018
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Joseph J
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States29 contributions
Jun 2015 • Solo
If you are a student of history, you will find the ruins of the old Alabama State Capitol building to be fascinating. If history isn't your thing, you won't understand what all the fuss is about. This isn't a traditional park, it's a historical site. Therefore, there is no playground, bathrooms, or other tourist facilities (besides a water fountain that only someone who just spent a month in the Sahara desert would drink from). The focal point of the park is the ruins of the old Alabama State Capitol building. The building is almost entirely gone, mainly there are just foundational ruins remaining. However, there's enough left to enable you to use your imagination to reconstruct the building and the surrounding site as it once was. If you take the time to read the plaques and signs, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much you'll learn. The park is only a few acres in size. What I like best about this park is that it offers a hands on learning experience. You're allowed to touch and feel and walk on the stone and rock remnants. There is a gazebo with picnic tables on the grounds and there is also a short walking trail which borders the park. Adjacent to this park lies another old historical building, the Old Tavern Museum. The park itself rests on the Western edge of downtown Tuscaloosa. So if you have a couple of hours and you don't mind walking, you can use the park as a starting point and explore a bit. If you're looking for a park for your children to have fun, then I would search elsewhere. If you're looking for a park that can stimulate your mind, then I recommend visiting the Capitol Park in Tuscaloosa.
Written June 28, 2015
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SusanzM
Huntsville, Alabama288 contributions
Jan 2014 • Family
Small park with ruins of the previous Alabama capitol. Stones are laid out showing where the walls were and there is one wall standing. Several columns - very cool! Plagues on the ground show the plan of the original building. A little disappointed to find out it was all "bulldozed" at one time and later reassembled in its current state.
Written January 12, 2014
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CibeleOliveiraSantos
Tuscaloosa, AL684 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
A história da casa do governador , grátis super fofo , fica no centro pertinho de outros monumentos
The #ruins of one of Alabama's former state houses can be explored in #Capitol Park near #downtown #Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County. The city was Alabama's seat of #government from 1826 until 1846; the capitol was completed in 1829. After the state capital moved to Montgomery, Montgomery County, in 1846, the building was used by the #Alabama Central Female College. The structure was destroyed by a fire in August 1923, leaving only broken columns, some areas of the foundation, and a section of wall. ♥️🇧🇷 Ruínas da sede do Governo do Alabama em 1826 até 1846. depois que a sede se mudou para Montgomery, a casa se transformou em uma escola para garotas até que pegou fogo em 1923 #alabamatravel @alabamatravel #braziliangirl #photography #photooftheday #estadosunidos #fotododiaa #historia #history #lovetuscaloosa
Written October 7, 2019
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nick b
19 contributions
Jan 2019
A quiet small oasis just 2 blocks from a busy, congested downtown giving respite from wide roads with very dangerous traffic and pedestrian crossings. Ruins of Al.'s first capitol are on the hilltop and are a great and safe place for kids to climb and explore. Gardens are well kept,and appropriately understated. Interesting historic markers abound, including a very recent one remembering the lynching of slaves. Strongly urge you to go there if you are in that end of town
In all, only about 2 acres in a quiet suburban residential area (Capitol Park)
Written February 12, 2019
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MorganJ9565
Tuscaloosa, AL8 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Not a long walk from downtown Tuscaloosa, beautiful Capital ruins and a lovely park. Great place to take pictures or take some snacks for a picnic.
Written June 18, 2018
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