Each year, hundreds of school groups from across the state visit Old Alabama Town to have fun while gaining a better understanding of the history they are learning in the classroom. Old Alabama Town allows students to visualize life in the 19th and early 20th century and our education department has the knowledge and expertise to provide a meaningful learning experience for your students.
Plan at least 1.5 hours for all tours, except for combination tours which last 2.5 hours.
Email Florence Giles, Old Alabama Town Education Director, with questions or to book your tour!
Details and Planning:
- Accommodations: Each tour will accommodate a maximum of 60 people. For group tours with a guide, the required minimum is $100 for a guided tour.
- Group Rates: $5.00 student, $10.00 adult. One complimentary adult ticket is provided for every 20 students. If there is more than one teacher or adult for a group of 20 students, the adult rate will apply. If you have a large group, the group will be divided into separate tours. Teachers will stay with their classes. Combination Tour rates are $8 student, $15 adult. Grange Hall is $10 student.
- *Home School Groups, Small Groups, and Summer Groups – a $50 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your tour. The deposit is deducted from your total tour cost.
- Special Assistance: We have limited accessibility for people with disabilities. Please give Old Alabama Town advance notice of students with special needs.
- Cancellation Policy: A two-week cancellation notice is required. If you fail to cancel, a deposit will be charged for all future tours scheduled by your school. The deposit will be non-refundable, but will be deducted from total bill. It is important that you notify us of any change in your field trip immediately.
- Disclaimer: Old Alabama Town will make every effort to provide tours as booked. However, we reserve the right to substitute alternate sites or activities if necessary.
- Meals: Lunch facilities are not provided for school groups. Kiwanis Park, adjacent to the Reception Center, is available for blanket picnicking and offers a fun and safe playground for children to burn off some energy.
- Buses and Parking: Please study the directions and map to Old Alabama Town and share it with your bus driver. Columbus Street is a one-way street, west bound. Parking is free and plentiful across from the Loeb Reception Center, on the corner of Columbus St. and N. McDonough St. Buses should enter the bus lane in front of the Reception Center (using the right-hand lane), where passengers can safely enter the Reception Center to start their adventure. After unloading passengers, buses should park in the lot across the street. Please DO NOT park on any streets around Old Alabama Town. Cars and vans are not permitted to use the bus lane or loading area. Old Alabama Town and Landmarks Foundation are not responsible for loss or theft of provate property in the Old Alabama Town Parking Lot.
Tour A: Early Alabama History
Encounter the history of early settlements in Alabama, the Federal Road, and Pioneer Life. Sites: Lucas Tavern, Dogtrot, Pole Barn and Log Cabin. Tour Schedules: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., & 1 p.m.
Tour B: Continuing the Journey
Follow the journey from slavery on an urban plantation (1850) to the turn of the century (1890) in Alabama. Sites: Ordeman Slave Quarters, Shotgun House, Church and School. Tour Schedules: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., & 1 p.m.
Tour C: Life in the 1890s
Relive life in urban and rural areas of Alabama at the turn of the century. Sites: School, Church, Grocery Store, Shotgun House and Doctor’s Office. Tour Schedules: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., & 1 p.m.
Tour D: Working in History
Discover how Alabamians worked in rural areas at the turn of the century. Sites: Blacksmith, Spinner/Weaver, Cotton Gin and Grist Mill or Print Shop. Tour Schedules: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Tour E: Working in History
Visit locations of working Alabamians at the turn of the century. Sites: Print Shop, Cotton Gin, Spinning/Weaving, and Grist Mill or Blacksmith. Tour Schedules: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Tour F: Sampler Tour
Enjoy highlights from the Living and Working Block tours. Sites: Cotton Gin, Spinning/Weaving, School, and Grocery Store or Shotgun House. Tour Schedules: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., & 1 p.m.
Tour G: Ordeman Outbuildings
Learn about urban plantation life before the Civil War. Sites: Kitchen, Scullery, Slave Quarters, Laundry, Tool Shed, Carriage House and Barn. Tour Schedules: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Plan at least 2.5 hours for these tours, Museum Gift Shop, and restrooms.
Combination 1—Tours A and B. Offered at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.
Combination 2—Tours A and C. Offered at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.
Combination 3—Tours A and G. Offered at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Combination 4—Tours C and D. Offered at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.