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Burritt on the Mountain

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment

Location

3101 Burritt DriveHuntsville, AL 35801 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our mission is to enhance lives and build community through edicational, artistic and recreational experiences.

Description

Burritt on the Mountain has been referred to as a "Jewel on the Mountain." Start with Dr. William Henry Burritt's eclectic mansion, add a Historic Park with restored 19th century houses including barnyard and animals and, finally, throw in the artistic side with concerts, plays and exhibits, and you have a delightful mixture of old and new for young and old

In 1955, Dr. Burritt willed his mansion and surrounding 167 acres of land on Round-Top Mountain to the city of Huntsville (making it Huntsville's first museum). Since that time, volunteers and community activists have brought original homes from the area to Burritt to be restored and utilized as an educational facility. Our interpreters are always busy demonstrating activities as one would see on a 19th century farm. Blacksmithing, spinning, and cooking over an open hearth are just some of the skills employed in our historic park. In the Burritt Barnyard, visitors can get "up close and personal" with an animal that would have been used for work, wool, or even food for the farmers and their families.

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