Seniors Enjoy Capital of Dreams
Montgomery, capital of the State of Alabama, is called “The Capital of Dreams.” Named for Richard Montgomery (1738?–1775), America’s first national hero, and an Irish-born soldier who served in the British Army and later became a Major General in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.
The Alabama State Capitol is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the First Confederate Capitol. It is located on Capitol Hill, originally Goat Hill, in Montgomery and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
Located on the Alabama River, in the Gulf Coastal Plain, 230,000+ citizens call Montgomery home. The city was incorporated in 1819, as a merger of two towns and became the state capital in 1846.
Senior visitors tour one of the most historic State Capitol buildings in the world. You can walk in the footsteps of world-changing events and stand on the spot where Jefferson Davis was inaugurated President of the Confederacy.
Montgomery was the cradle of the confederacy and a century later, the impetus of the Civil Rights movement. Visit the church where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached and the parsonage where he lived with his family.
Seniors Visit A Rich Historical City
Montgomery is a city rich in history, yet clearly focused on the future. Once the capital of the Confederacy, Montgomery gradually grew to become the center of the Civil Rights Movement. Today, the city is more than just the capital of Alabama, it’s the epitome of a revived economic prosperity.
Senior visitors will discover an atmosphere of southern hospitality and great weather. Montgomery is filled with a rich diversity and cultural landmarks such as the Hank Williams Museum, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Rosa Parks Museum.
The Parks Museum, a tribute to the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement”, honors Rosa Parks, the African-American woman who, in 1955, sparked the civil rights movement by refusing to give her bus seat to a white man. The museum helps visitors relive this tumultuous era with a video, artifacts, historical documents, a life size statue of Rosa Parks and a replica of the bus in which she sat that day.
And look at all the places to enjoy that feature historic attractions, theater and performing arts and museums. Located on a 300-acre park complete with walking trails and large ponds in the City of Montgomery is the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. The Shakespeare Festival is among the ten largest in the world.
If you want an attraction that will spark your sense of adventure, visit the 40-acre Montgomery Zoo which is home to more than 600 species of exotic animals. Eight universities and colleges call Montgomery home.
Montgomery has won several national awards including being voted Best Historic City by USA Today and being named an All-American City in 2014 by the National Civic League. jeb