Recent Videos and Activities for Pre-20th Century

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University is the second-oldest historically black college in Alabama and one of the largest in the United States. Founded in 1881 as the Normal School for Colored Teachers at [more]

June 20, 2017

Old Federal Road

Originally designated as a postal route in 1806, the old Federal Road stretched through the Creek Indian territory of lower Alabama. Alabama’s Federal Road functioned as a major thoroughfare for [more]

June 20, 2017


Moundville Archaeological Park contains the remains of one of the largest prehistoric Native American settlements in the United States. Founded around 1120, Moundville was located on the banks of the [more]

June 19, 2017

Fort Mims

Launched in retaliation for the attack on Creek warriors by territorial militia at Burnt Corn Creek, on August 30, 1813, a force of about 700 Creek Indians destroyed Fort Mims [more]

June 19, 2017

Wilson’s Raid

Most of Alabama escaped the ravages of the Civil War until Union General James H. Wilson’s raid in spring of 1865. Within weeks, Wilson captured prisoners, destroyed four major industrial [more]

April 13, 2017

Tuscaloosa – 2nd State Capital

Tuscaloosa became the second Alabama state capital in 1826, when the state legislature voted to move the seat of government from Cahaba. The city served as the capital until 1846, [more]

April 13, 2017

Becoming a Territory

“Alabama Fever,” was a term used to describe the frenzy for land claims in what was then the Mississippi Territory in the wake of land cessions by the Creek Indians. [more]

April 13, 2017

Huntsville – Interim Capital

As the first incorporated town in Alabama, Huntsville played an important part in the birth and growth of the state. Huntsville served as the temporary capital of Alabama from 1819 [more]

February 16, 2017

Old Cahawba

There is little that remains of the government buildings, businesses, and residences that once made up the first capital of Alabama. Now a historical park, the few enduring ruins of [more]

February 16, 2017

Old St. Stephens

St. Stephens was chosen as Alabama’s first seat of government and served as its territorial capital between 1817 and 1819. The now-abandoned settlement of St. Stephens sat atop a limestone [more]

February 15, 2017