Huntsville is a charming city in Alabama's Appalachian Mountain region, located within Madison County and home to attractions such as NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. The city, which has been named as one of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is home to a number of gorgeous historic and repurposed wedding venues, including living history homes and restored lumberyards. Couples can tie the knot at facilities that take advantage of the area's gorgeous mountain scenery, including golf courses, resorts, and open-air museums. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.AM Booth's Lumberyard
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AM Booth's Lumberyard is one of North Alabama's most unique special event venues, located just blocks from Huntsville's Meridian Entertainment District. The 120-year-old lumberyard venue has been extensively repurposed as a modern venue for live music performances, community gatherings, and private special events such as wedding ceremonies and receptions. Four stages throughout the venue make for unique places to say vows, along with outside-the-box areas such as a 1924 dining railcar outside in the venue's central courtyard. Catering menus are available from the venue's restaurant, while more than 40 craft beer taps are served up from its Patio Behind the Kiln Bar. Courtyard games are offered on its back patio, including pool, ping-pong, and shuffleboard, which can be used to entertain reception guests.
108 Cleveland Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35801, Phone: 256-715-7130
2.Annabella At Cedar Glen
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Annabella At Cedar Glen has been chosen as one of the South's best wedding venues by Southern Living, located on 3.5 scenic acres in northeast Huntsville. The venue is anchored around a stunning 5,600-square-foot Southern plantation-style estate, which is surrounded by lush landscaping and a picturesque bridge. Two outdoor ceremony areas are available for rental, along with an intimate courthouse facility that can be used for small wedding ceremonies. Up to 175 guests can be accommodated at the venue in total across indoor and outdoor spaces. Full-service amenities are included within all rental packages, ranging from outdoor lighting and sound systems to day-of wedding coordination services. A lovely bride and groom suite area offers private restrooms and garden spaces for romantic ambiance.
5264 Rustic Trail, Huntsville, AL 35811, Phone: 256-852-5808
3.Burritt on the Mountain
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Burritt on the Mountain is a gorgeous open-air museum in Huntsville, located atop picturesque Round Top Mountain on a plateau connected to nearby Monte Sano Mountain. The venue is anchored around the 1930s-era home of physician William Burritt, who deeded his home and estate to the city for use as a special event venue following his death in 1955. 12 19th-century buildings have been preserved on the estate park's grounds, including the National Register of Historic Places-listed Joel Eddins House. Couples can marry within several of the venue's buildings or have their ceremony at its outdoor gazebo, which offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding natural landscape. Cocktail and seated receptions can be held at Baron Bluff.
3101 Burritt Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35801, Phone: 256-536-2882
4.Cotton Row Restaurant
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Cotton Row Restaurant is a beautiful three-story brick building located along the southwest corner of Huntsville's Courthouse Square, originally constructed in 1821 for the city's cotton exchange. The restaurant is helmed by executive chef James Boyce, serving up delicious, comforting modern American cuisine options throughout the week. Private parties of all sizes and configurations can be hosted at the restaurant, including wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and engagement parties. Couples can host events within the venue's Cedar Pipe Cellar, which is home to nearly 5,000 bottles of wine, or at its spacious lofts, which can host up to 100 standing guests. All three stories of the restaurant can also be rented for larger special events, assisted by full event staff. Customizable table settings, menu options, and wine selections are available to complement all celebration arrangements.
100 Southside Square, Huntsville, AL 35801, Phone: 256-382-9500
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Creekside Plantation is a stunning Antebellum-style plantation estate located on 18 acres in Mooresville alongside the majestic Tennessee River and gorgeous Wheeler Wildlife Refuge. The private estate venue is anchored around a 170-year-old manor house, which can be rented for events such as wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout the year. Couples are welcome to select their own vendors according to their budget needs, including caterers, musicians, and photographers. All venue packages include use of the venue's manor house, lushly-landscaped grounds, outdoor pavilion and terrace, and guest house for stays following the wedding. Full bride and groom suites are available for use throughout festivities. In all, the venue can accommodate up to 250 guests throughout indoor and outdoor spaces.
25800 North Street, Mooresville, AL 35649, Phone: 256-355-2506
6.Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation
Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation is a rustic wedding venue stretching across 23 acres in the town of Gurley, offering scenic views of the region's surrounding mountain, field, and forest areas. The venue can comfortably host up to 200 guests throughout four indoor and outdoor wedding event spaces, including the Shandy Grove Grand Ceremony Site, which offers a filigreed wrought-iron arbor set against the backdrop of a lovely pond and fountain. Indoor event spaces include a hay barn ceremony site, which showcases natural wooden walls and exposed rafters, and reception hall stables that are strung with string lights and chandeliers. A patio space also offers farmhouse-style tables, lush flower bed landscaping, and corn hole games for reception play. Certified wedding planning packages are available with all rentals, along with custom floor plan configurations and setup and cleanup services.
823 Cherry Tree Rd, Gurley, AL 35748, Phone: 256-603-7585
7.Huntsville Marriott at the Space and Rocket Center
Huntsville Marriott at the Space and Rocket Center is a stylish modern hotel located just minutes from Hunstville attractions such as the United States Space and Rocket Center and the Bridge Street Town Centre. Couples wishing to host their weddings at the hotel can take advantage of Marriott's Certified Wedding Planner services, which can oversee traditional, ethnic, or military wedding ceremonies. Planners can help couples execute every step of their dream wedding vision, from event budgeting and menu planning to florist, photographer, and entertainment hiring. Onsite catering is offered from the venue's restaurant, able to meet dietary needs and tastes for every reception. After the wedding, couples can stay in style at one of the hotel's casual rooms or suites, which offer access to a club level lounge.
5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805, Phone: 256-830-2222
8.Meadow Creek Farm
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Meadow Creek Farm is a gorgeous 49-acre farmstead in Toney, showcasing picturesque rolling farm scenery filled with wide open spaces and beautiful natural bodies of water. The venue is home to a spacious restored barn that can serve as a bride and groom prep suite, offering a full dressing area, loft space, and catering kitchen for use by vendors of couples' choosing. Outside, a lovely pavilion can accommodate receptions, while many grassy open spaces can serve as the perfect backdrop for outdoor ceremonies. Up to 250 guests can be accommodated throughout the venue, which also offers a cozy stone fireplace for outdoor cocktail receptions and parties. All rentals include use of tables and chairs, event planning services, and full setup and cleanup staff.
9306 Pulaski Pike, Toney, AL 35773, Phone: 256-859-5373
9.Monte Sano Lodge
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Monte Sano Lodge is a gorgeously-furnished special event venue that is home to spacious indoor and outdoor settings for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The venue, which is set against a gorgeous mountain backdrop, can accommodate up to 112 guests for banquet-style events or up to 175 for theater-seating ceremonies in its main banquet room, which features use of an adjacent catering prep kitchen. Its Fearn Hall can serve as a guest congregation or arrival area or hold tables for buffet or hors d'oeuvres-style catering. Outside, a lovely courtyard and spacious event lawn can serve as outdoor ceremony sites.
5105 Nolen Ave SE, Huntsville, AL 35801, Phone: 256-534-3757
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10.NSS Conference Center
NSS Conference Center serves as the headquarters for Huntsville's chapter of the National Speleological Society, a Washington D.C.-based organization that was founded in 1941 to further the study and conservation of America's caves. The gorgeous 31,850-square-foot building is located on more than 94 acres of lushly-forested landscape and is open to the public for special event rentals throughout the year, including wedding ceremonies and receptions. An 11,000-square-foot auditorium within the building can serve as a site for wedding festivities, offering areas for banquet seating or dance floor space. Outside, the property is home to two known caves and a wide variety of natural attractions that can serve as spots for outdoor ceremonies or wedding photography, including a nature trail and wooded uplands area.
6001 Pulaski Pike NW, Huntsville, AL 35810, Phone: 256-852-1300
11.Rocket City Event Center
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Rocket City Event Center is one of the Huntsville area's premiere special event centers, originally opened in 2010 to fill the region's need for a smaller, more budget-friendly event venue for mid-sized events. The venue offers competitive pricing for events hosting up to 150 guests, including intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions. 1,800 square feet of event space is offered at the venue, which can be set up with tables for up to 100 banquet-style guests for receptions. A full catering prep kitchen offers a refrigerator, microwave, and commercial sink for caterers of couples' choosing. Other amenities offered include guest restrooms, audiovisual services, and a full ceramic floor that can double as a dance floor.
735 US-72, Huntsville, AL 35811, Phone: 256-417-1390
12.Swan House Wedding and Event Center
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Swan House Wedding and Event Center is a gorgeous wedding venue destination in New Market, showcasing stunning romantic ambiance for wedding festivities large and small. All wedding venue reservations last for two days, allowing time for couples to decorate and prepare for events in a stress-free environment. A variety of outdoor venues are showcased throughout the center, including an intimate wedding gazebo and a garden pavilion with majestic views of the facility's landscaped grounds. Inside, a grand ballroom showcases floor-to-ceiling columns and crystal chandeliers, while a cake room provides a one-of-a-kind backdrop for reception traditions. Spacious private bride and groom suites are available for all wedding party members to prep in style and comfort.
3921 Winchester Rd, New Market, AL 35761, Phone: 256-379-4590
13.The Historic Lowry House
The Historic Lowry House is one of Huntsville's oldest preserved historic buildings, originally constructed in 1832 by prominent area settlers on the remains of an older 1809 log house. The venue was completely restored in 1998 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. Today, it is open to the public as a living history museum and private special event rental space for events such as wedding ceremonies and receptions. Couples can hold ceremonies on the venue's beautiful manicured grounds, which have been awarded Huntsville's Beautification Award several years in a row. Its interior spaces can host up to 250 for receptions, offering bride and groom suites, an upstairs balcony porch, five spacious downstairs rooms, and a full catering prep kitchen.
1205 Kildare St NW, Huntsville, AL 35801, Phone: 256-489-9200
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The Ledges is one of North Alabama's most beautiful special event venues, showcasing Old World-style European grandeur and stunning views of the Tennessee Valley. The venue's castle-style clubhouse is home to elegant rich wood decor elements, exposed beams, and regal antique furnishings. Wedding ceremonies and receptions can accommodate up to 250 seated or 450 standing guests throughout indoor and outdoor spaces, including sprawling lawns that offer sweeping views atop Huntsville's highest elevation point. In-house catering is offered by the venue's expert culinary staff, who can customize menus to meet every reception style and configuration. Other spaces throughout the venue include private men's and ladies lounges, full-service bars, and spacious outdoor verandas.
32 Castle Down Dr, Huntsville, AL 35802, Phone: 256-883-0860
The Roundhouse is a gorgeous venue situated on the grounds of the Historic Huntsville Depot, maintained as part of the EarlyWorks Family of Museums. The 7,500-square-foot venue can accommodate up to 400 seated guests or 1,000 standing guests for wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout the week. Full-day rentals are offered, ensuring plenty of setup and cleanup time in a stress-free environment. Couples can marry outside on the facility's beautiful pavilion space or spacious grounds and then retire inside for banquet or cocktail-style reception festivities. Tables and chairs are available with all special event rentals, along with assistance with custom facility configuration.
398 Monroe St NW, Huntsville, AL 35801
16.The TOP Huntsville
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The TOP Huntsville is a spacious venue located within the heart of downtown Huntsville, offering more than 3,000 square feet of flexible configuration space for unique wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout the year. The stylish venue offers views of spacious Big Spring Park and the surrounding mountain landscape from its indoor and outdoor event spaces, including its loft-style interior, which showcases vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. Walk-out balconies, patios, and terraces offer space for up to 275 wedding guests, providing stunning backdrops for vows and wedding photography. A full catering kitchen is offered with all rentals, along with ample covered parking areas for wedding guests.
100 Church St SW #800, Huntsville, AL 35801, Phone: 256-429-9456
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17.The Westin Huntsville
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The Westin Huntsville is a gorgeous hotel venue within Huntsville's Cummings Research Park, located just minutes from top area attractions such as the United States Space and Rocket Center. The beautiful hotel is home to the spacious Mediterranean Ballroom, which offers nearly 8,000 square feet of event space and can host up to 1,000 guests. Flexible configuration options can split the ballroom into smaller sections for more intimate ceremonies or receptions. Stunning views of the Bridge Street Lake are offered from the venue's Mediterranean-style courtyard, which can serve as the perfect backdrop for sunset ceremonies. After the wedding, couples and their guests can stay at the venue's luxurious guest rooms and suites, which offer romantic amenities such as rainfall showers and whirlpool tubs.
6800 Governors W, Huntsville, AL 35806, Phone: 256-428-2000
18.Unity Church on the Mountain
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Unity Church on the Mountain has been servicing the Huntsville area since the early 1970s, offering charming community spaces for gatherings, special events, and wedding ceremonies. The venue's intimate sanctuary space, which can be decorated for small wedding ceremonies, showcases soft, ethereal natural lighting for daytime and evening weddings alike. Non-denominational, non-traditional, and interfaith festivities for civil unions or commitment ceremonies are welcome at the church, with officiants on hand to oversee any type of wedding. Up to 25 guests can be seated at the church, which can offer hourlong private ceremonies for couples looking to get married in simple, intimate style.
1328 Governors Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35801, Phone: 256-289-0314
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19.Weeden House Museum and Garden
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Weeden House Museum and Garden was originally constructed in 1819 and was purchased in 1845 by its namesake William Weeden, who retained the house in his family until 1956. Today, it is overseen by the Twickenham Historic Preservation District Association as a living history museum facility, which is open to the public for guided tours and private special events. As one of Northeast Alabama's most unique event venues, the venue can provide an elegant atmosphere for wedding ceremonies and receptions hosting up to 100 guests. Couples can marry within the home's gorgeous interior or host up to 75 additional guests outside on its stunning patio and porch garden area. A full prep kitchen is provided for event use by caterers of couples' choosing. Tables and seating are available from the venue, along with alcohol licensing for bar services of couples' choice.
300 Gates Ave SE, Huntsville, AL 35801, Phone: 256-536-7718
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19 Best Wedding Venues in Huntsville, AL
- AM Booth's Lumberyard, Photo: AM Booth's Lumberyard
- Annabella At Cedar Glen, Photo: Annabella At Cedar Glen
- Burritt on the Mountain, Photo: Burritt on the Mountain
- Cotton Row Restaurant, Photo: Cotton Row Restaurant
- Creekside Plantation, Photo: Creekside Plantation
- Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation, Photo: Nina/stock.adobe.com
- Huntsville Marriott at the Space and Rocket Center, Photo: gorov/stock.adobe.com
- Meadow Creek Farm, Photo: Meadow Creek Farm
- Monte Sano Lodge, Photo: Monte Sano Lodge
- NSS Conference Center, Photo: photographmd/stock.adobe.com
- Rocket City Event Center, Photo: Francois du Plessis/stock.adobe.com
- Swan House Wedding and Event Center, Photo: Swan House Wedding and Event Center
- The Historic Lowry House, Photo: svetlanaz/stock.adobe.com
- The Ledges, Photo: The Ledges
- The Roundhouse, Photo: Stanislav/stock.adobe.com
- The TOP Huntsville, Photo: The TOP Huntsville
- The Westin Huntsville, Photo: The Westin Huntsville
- Unity Church on the Mountain, Photo: Unity Church on the Mountain
- Weeden House Museum and Garden, Photo: Weeden House Museum and Garden
- Cover Photo: Robert Hainer/stock.adobe.com
More Ideas: Huntsville Museum of Art
Renowned as being North Alabama's leading visual arts center, the Huntsville Museum of Art is a modern museum and center of visual art located in Big Spring International Park in Huntsville. The nationally-accredited Museum features a variety of exhibitions and displays throughout the year, including the work of both international and regional artists, and world-renowned traveling exhibits.
The Museum is home to a permanent collection of over 3,000 objects that include paintings, drawings, sculptures, glass works and jewelry, as well as several annual exhibitions of varying works. In addition to its exhibitions, the Museum offers art classes for both children and adults, as well as special programs, symposiums, lectures, and musical presentations that provide a deeper insight into the artworks and sculptures on display.
The Museum boasts several levels and floors, including the Plaza Level, Gallery Level and The Great Hall, which can be rented for functions and special events such as social gatherings, celebrations, and weddings. The Museum Store is filled with art-related goodies from local art to jewelry that visitors can buy as mementos.
The permanent collection of the Huntsville Museum of Art is made up of more than 3,000 objects, the majority of which focus on 19th and 20th-century American art with an emphasis on art from the Southeast. The secondary objective of the Museum's permanent collection includes art from Africa, Asia, and Europe with a cultural influence on American art.
The collection includes works by American artists such as Andy Warhol, James McNeill Whistler, Frank Stella, and Reginald Marsh, as well as regional artists like William Christenberry, Richmond Burton, David Parrish, and Stephen Rolfe Powell. The prestigious Sellars Collection of Art by American Women presents 400 paintings, drawings, and sculptures by more than 250 American women artists between 1850 and 1940 and highlights their incredible achievements in art.
The Museum's permanent collection also features luxury silver jewelry pieces by the famous Italian firm Buccellati with highlights including a magnificent four-foot tall flamingo, a captivating reclining giraffe, and a breathtaking marine-inspired piece consisting of sea creatures from the Mediterranean arranged around a natural amethyst geode.
The Davidson Wing in the Museum is home to three galleries of a collection of beautiful American Studio Glass, which encompasses a broad range of different glass techniques, including blowing, flame working, casting, and carving. Featured artists include William Morris, Dale Chihuly, Dante Marioni, Paul Stankard, and Sonja Blomdahl.
The Huntsville Museum of Art offers a range of cultural and educational programs for children and adults throughout the year, including art classes, workshops, lectures and musical presentations. Drop-In & CREATE Saturdays are ideal for the whole family and offer hands-on, interactive art-making activities for all ages. Other events include Evenings for Educators – teacher and professional development workshops, Voices of Our Times Series, Artsy Tots, and Skating in the Park.
The Museum Academy provides instruction and classes in the core elements of art for children, teenagers, and adults and includes interactive, hands-on activities, workshops, classes, and lectures.
Set in in Big Spring International Park, the Museum offers a unique and special venue for all types of functions and events. The Museum has a variety of different spaces that can be rented for functions, including the Plaza Level, Gallery Level and The Great Hall and is available for hire to both corporate organizations, as well as private individuals.
The Huntsville Museum of Art is located on the corner of Church Street and Williams Street in Big Spring International Park in downtown Huntsville. The Museum has a designated parking lot, and additional parking can be found on Church Street, Fountain Row and Williams Street. The Huntsville Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Sunday and is closed on Mondays. Visitors can explore the Museum on self-guided walks or enjoy a docent-led guided tour for a nominal fee.
The Museum Store offers a wealth of fantastic gifts, trinkets, and artworks, including original paintings by Patti Zeigler, Marilyn Wendling, and Vicki Sawyer. Other delights to be found in the store include epicurean items for foodies, books for bibliophiles, toys for toddlers, soaps, candles, jewelry and more.
The Huntsville Museum of Art is also home to a casual Italian eatery, Pane e Vino, where visitors can enjoy freshly brewed coffee, homemade sandwiches, salads, made-to-order pizzas, decadent desserts and drinks against a backdrop of beautiful views over Big Spring Park.
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300 Church Street, Huntsville, Alabama 35801, Phone: 800-786-9095
More Ideas: Weeden House Museum and Garden
The Weeden House Museum in Huntsville is a historic home and garden dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of the work of artist and poet, Maria Howard Weeden. The 1819 home was owned by Maria’s father, Dr. William Weeden, and his descendants for over 100 years, from 1845 until 1956, save for a brief interlude while the home was occupied by federal officers during the US Civil War. The house is located in the center of downtown Huntsville in the historic Twickenham district.
Twickenham was the first neighborhood in Huntsville to be designated as a Historic District. The neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, followed by an expansion of the boundaries in 2015. Huntsville was originally named Twickenham after the British city. Most homes in the neighborhood are of the Greek revival and federal style, which was introduced to the city in 1818 by the Virginia architect George Steele. The Weeden House was built in the federal style and is just one of the homes that make up the densest concentration of pre-Civil War residences in the state of Alabama. The Twickenham Historic Preservation District Association maintains the 19th-century home and museum through a lease agreement with the City of Huntsville, which currently owns the property. The two-story brick home is of a classic federal style. Two parlors and a dining room are located downstairs, and there are three upstairs bedrooms. The home is decorated with authentic antiques and furnishings from the late 1800s and early 1900s, all of which were either donated or acquired by the Twickenham Association. Maria Howard Weeden’s watercolor and oil paintings are on display, as is a John Grimes portrait of Bartley M Lowe. A large porch and patio open to a spectacular garden at the rear of the home.
History: Notable early residents of the house include associate justice of the US Supreme Court John McKinley and Bartley M Lowe, president of the Huntsville bank. Perhaps the most famous occupant of the home is the painter and poet, Maria Howard Weeden. Maria, who went by the name Howard, was the daughter of Dr. Weeden and his wife, Jane Eliza Books Urquhart Weeden. Ms. Weeden is well known for her watercolor portraits of former slaves, and her four published books of poetry and illustration, written in Huntsville’s regional black dialect. A combination of extreme nearsightedness and her use of a three-haired paintbrush allowed her to achieve extreme detail in the watercolor medium. Howard was born in the home in 1846, 6 months after the death of her father, Dr. Weeden, and lived there until her own death in 1905. At a young age, she showed considerable talent for illustration, leading her mother to hire a private tutor to supplement her arts education. Life changed dramatically for the Weedens during the Civil War, when the family had to depart their home due to Huntsville’s occupation by the Union forces. The time proved valuable for Howard, however, as she enrolled in the Tuskegee Female Methodist College and there met her mentor and close friend, the college president George Price, who would become a lifelong patron and friend. In 1866, when the Weedens returned to their home, Howard sold paintings to supplement the household income. She wrote essays reflecting her moral views for the Christian Observer under the pen name, Flake White. Her highly detailed, realistic portraits of African Americans were inspired by an 1893 trip to Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition, where she was shocked to see caricatured and cartoonish drawings of blacks, which were popular at the time. Her four books were published between 1898 and 1904, just a few years before her death from tuberculosis in 1905.
Ongoing Programs and Education: Public tours take place Wednesdays through Saturdays. Private tours may be arranged by scheduling in advance. Because the home and gardens are popular as an event and wedding venue, visitors are encouraged to call ahead to ensure the museum will be open to the public on any given day.
What’s Nearby: The Weeden House and Museum is just one stop along the Twickenham Tour of Homes, an annual holiday event in which several homes in the Historic District are open to the public and decorated for the season. The popular event offers live Christmas caroling and readings of Weeden’s poetry, and has taken place every year since 1978.
300 Gates Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35801, Phone: 256-536-7718
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