By Jean Brandau, About.com Guide
Leroy Pope was Huntsville's first land developer. He purchased much of the surrounding land and promoted re-sale to friends and acquaintances from Georgia and Virginia. In 1810, Pope gave the name of Twickenham to the town after the English home of the poet Alexander Pope.
- Walking Through Historic Huntsville
- Spirit of Christmas Past Homes Tour
- 2006 Christmas Tour
- 2005 Christmas Tour
Old Town was designated as a Huntsville Historic District on December 12, 1974. Most of the homes date from 1880 to 1929, but the oldest house was built in 1828. On July 18, 1978, Old Town was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Tour of Old Town
- 2009 Hidden Gardens of Old Town
- 2006 Private Gardens in Old Town
- Furniture Factory Bar & Grill
Five Points Historic District
The Five Points Historic Preservation District, established in 1999, began as part of the 1892 East Huntsville Addition, and developed slowly over the course of a century.
Monte Sano Mountain
Monte Sano Mountain towers above Huntsville and provides a breathtaking view of the city. The houses on Monte Sano are a variety of sizes and prices, from the largest house in Huntsville to small cabins. Monte Sano means "mountain of health" and housed a health resort in the 1800's with rich people from all over the country coming to "take their health." Monte Sano State Park is on the mountain, plus the Burritt on the Mountain--A Living Museum and the Von Braun Astronomy Center.
- Burritt on the Mountain--A Living Museum
- 2002 Monte Sano Homes Tour
- 2003 Monte Sano Homes Tour
- 2004 Monte Sano Homes Tour
- 2005 Monte Sano Homes Tour
- Japanese Garden in Monte Sano State Park
- Monte Sano Tavern
- Mark and Linda Smith's Mansion on Monte Sano
- Linda & Mark Smith's Monte Sano Garden
- Shakespeare on the Mountain
There are a lot of small towns surrounding Huntsville. Within a 50 mile radius you'll find Gurley, Mooresville, Meridianville, New Hope, Madison, Detaur and Scottsboro.