I’ve lived no more than two hours away from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, my entire life and have visited a few times over the years, but only last weekend did I discover the treasure there. And I’m not talking SEC sports. In a quest to find a daytrip of history discoveries, I Googled what Tuscaloosa has to offer, and to my surprise, I found many National Register properties and a set of ruins I was chomping at the bits to see. So my family and I headed out last weekend to see these “jewels of history.” And I was not disappointed … except for the insane asylum that we couldn’t find and learned later was torn down. So … here are the photographs and brief descriptions of these marvelous pieces of architecture.
I had never heard of “ruins” in Tuscaloosa, but here they are — the leftovers of the state capitol (when the capital was Tuscaloosa). It was built in 1826, and after the decision to make Montgomery the capital, the building was used for other things, including a female college. Unfortunately, the building burned in 1923.
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… and right behind the Jemison House is this …
… and this one. This building is not antebellum like the others but is historic and beautiful, nevertheless. It’s the former Tuscaloosa High School, built in 1924 and used now as the offices for the school district. Look at that entrance!
On the campus of University of Alabama …
I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of historic Tuscaloosa, Alabama. And regarding the insane asylum I mentioned earlier, I’d read that the Alabama State Hospital for the Insane/Bryce Hospital was built in the 1850s (at least the administration building) and I’ve seen articles about its restoration. I was very excited to see this, and we found Bryce Hospital, but no antebellum period administration building. We looked everywhere. Then I called Bryce Hospital, and the person answering the phone said it had been torn down. If anyone has information to the contrary, please comment below … I’m still extremely interested in this landmark.