Rural Alabama Trip to Inspire

To Kill a Mockingbird Birdhouse by Courthouse www.diningwithmimi.com

Finally, I traveled a rural Alabama back road to inspire anyone in one way or another. As an avid reader, I have always been inspired by writers and artists. Intrigued by the writing that I loved and fascinated by the art that clearly was not within my skill sets. Alabama hosts a wealth of writers and artists that have honed their skills while residing on Alabama soil.

Rural Alabama Trip to Inspire with Famous Authors
Old County Courthouse in Monroevilla Alabama Rural Alabama Trip to Inspire
In 1968 the courthouse started operating as a museum when County offices moved out. In 1991 renovation of building began and completed in 2002. $2.5 million dollar project

One stop on my field trip  would include Monroeville, a small rural town famous from the books of residents and designated “Literary Capital of Alabama”. Sitting proudly in the center is the Old Monroe County Courthouse designed by a Southern architect, a beautiful building completed in 1904.

Today a museum, it houses two  permanent exhibits including Harper Lee, “In her Own Words” and Truman Capote “A Childhood in Monroeville“. Truly housing a famous courtroom, Hollywood re-created it for the movie To Kill A Mockingbird.

Also in March,  Museum  hosts a temporary show of quilts that hang proudly in the hall of justice. Handiwork of souls loaded with patience, an artistic eye and time on their hands.  One quilt paid homage to Harper Lee and her book To Kill A Mockingbird.

Red, white & blue quilt with scenes from Monroeville Rural Alabama Trip to Inspire
Special Monroeville Quilt
Quilts on display in Courthouse Rural Alabama Trip to Inspire www.diningwithmimi.com
Quilts from community

Namely, as  a girl I remember the shock of reading Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. Lee’s characters popped off the page in vivid color, filled with love, hate, spunk, humor, honor, ignorance and frailty.  Her book captured events of the day and introduced a child’s thought process on a subject that stalled adults. I adored Scout’s spunky attitude which  discovered right and wrong. Jem’s protection of his sister was memorable.

Different translations of To Kill a Mockingbird Rural Alabama Trip to Inspire www.diningwithmimi.com
Over 40 Million copies have been sold of To Kill a Mockingbird in over 40 languages
Rural Alabama Trip to Inspire with Ideas

Atticus reminded us “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Most things boil down to perspective. We tend to respond based on how events unfold around us and impact it throws our way. When we consider other people, their plight and act we become part of a greater community.

While in this small town, high drama has played out in life as well as the stage or rather because of it. Monroe County Museum lost the rights to perform the play To Kill A Mockingbird after performing locally for over twenty years.  Lost of this play for the Museum is devastating.

Antiqued view of Old Monroeville Courthouse Rural Alabama Trip to Inspire www.diningwithmimi.com
At times the scale of justice seems as tarnished as my photo.

Oddly enough, this week Harper Lee’s estate has filed suit on the Broadway adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird. Apparently, the estate lawyer does not agree with the character deviations that Scott Rubin and Aaron Sorkin have created. In the lawsuit estate claims play “no longer presents a fair depiction of 1930s small-town Alabama.” Well, that is no news flash for me. How often does Hollywood or the media ever create or “do Southern right”?

Rural Alabama Trip to Inspire and Preserve

Moreover, preserving Southern life with all of its good, bad and ugly are important. Historical events and lessons  teach and remind us not to make the same mistakes. Incidentally, Lee’s play performed in courthouse served as main funding for supporting Monroe County Museum and preserving local landmarks. For this reason, make a donation to the museum for  preservation efforts of historical landmarks.

Namely, mission statement says it all, “First, understanding regional history enriches lives; and second, heritage is best understood and enjoyed through first-hand experience of well-presented programs and exhibits designed to tell the story of our past. Great field trip for any students. Museum has a host of educational aids and other sites to visit in the area.

After all, this community offers a snapshot in time  within a short drive. From museum to plantation homes, historic sites, picturesque villages and the Rikard’s Mill History Park. Festivals and southern food will cause you to linger.  Make a day trip or plan overnight  getaway to a quiet place.

With this in mind, I sigh at a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Increased traffic in our community reminds me of a simple life.  Along the roadside,  beautiful old homes, manicured lawns, beat-up old trucks left and long forgotten and antique stores wait to be discovered.

Bar scene with liquor bottles and Aviator Rural Alabamam Trip to Inspire www.diningwithmimi.com
Prop and Gavel Restaurant looks like a great place to wet your whistle after a long the Walking Tour that the Chamber provides.

This is on my list for Grill Man and I to wander off into the quiet and escape for an overnight trip. No doubt I will discover a world of delicious southern food waiting to be shared.

Coming Soon
Part 2- Rural Alabama Trip to Inspire. Check back for Monroevilles Shrimp & Grits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Mimi

I have a love affair with food, entertaining, travel and music. This site is a vehicle for me to share my journey of food. Traveling allows exposure to all types of cooking. I have learned to cook by being hungry, curious and willing to fail. Food is another form of art and creative expression. Copyright 2016-2018 by Mimi

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