DISCOVER Perry County Audio Tour

If one word could describe PERRY COUNTY, ALABAMA, that word would be Diversity! Its people, its land, its weather and its location are all balanced by the contrasts they provide.

Take part in Perry County’s history with the  Discover Perry County Audio Tour. Simply dial 1.334.526.3061 from any phone or computer, and use the site number listed by each featured historic site to listen to its unique history as told by a Marion local. Be prepared for an experience as rich as the Black Belt soil!

Located in west central Alabama, PERRY COUNTY was established in the same year Alabama became a state, and early in its development was called upon to give some of its territory to help establish surrounding counties. Eventually, PERRY COUNTY stabilized with its present 745 square miles of balanced landscape. From the northern part of the county where forests cover the trailing end of the Appalachian Mountains, the hills and valleys give way to the grass covered prairies and geometric croplands of the fabled Black Belt. The generous rains of the changing seasons feed the streams and creeks that run East to the Alabama River and West to the Tombigbee River. Coursing through the county itself is one of America’s last free running wild rivers, The Cahaba, a river that boasts more species of fish than any other in the United States.

Once peopled by Native Americans who hunted and farmed its virgin landscape, PERRY COUNTY saw the influx of a cross-section of the immigrants who settled our United States. These representatives of the countries and cultures of Europe brought with them their skills, religions, and institutions. One of the institutions that came to PERRY COUNTY was that of slavery. It was by way of slavery that PERRY COUNTY gained its people who trace their ancestry to Africa. Throughout its history, the diverse people of PERRY COUNTY have taken from each other and given to each other-sometimes by conflict and sometimes by compassion, but always with a positive end result as they mirrored the melting pot nature of our nation. With mellowed emotion, Perry Countians recall participation in the historically significant Civil Rights Movement of the Sixties. Today there is a harmonious blending of Caucasian and African-American cultures with a determination for a bright future.

Thanks to Americorps Vista Volunteer Billy Milstead for the video found below that highlights some of the many attractions you’ll find in Perry County Alabama. Once you’ve watched the video, keep scrolling down and you’ll find our complete “Discover Perry County” audio tour. Listen here, or visit the individual pages to learn more!


Discover Perry County Audio Tour of Perry County, Alabama


Return Greeting: Return Greeting

Stop 1: Alabama Military Hall of Honor Museum Alabama Military Hall of Honor Museum
Stop 2: The Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame The Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame
Stop 3: Marion Railway Depot Marion Railway Depot
Stop 5: The Alabama Baptist Building The Alabama Baptist Building
Stop 6: Female Seminary Marion Female Seminary
Stop 7 & 9: Judson College’s First Campus & Howard College Judson College’s First Campus
Stop 8: Judson College Campus Jewett Hall Jewett Hall Judson College Campus
Stop 11: Lincoln Normal School Campus – Phillips Auditorium Lincoln Normal School Campus – Phillips Auditorium
Stop 13 & 14: Marion Military Institute Chapel Marion Military Institute Chapel
Marion Military Institute Barracks Marion Military Institute Barracks
Stop 15: Marion Military Institute Campus Marion Military Institute Campus
Stop 16: Berean Baptist Church Berean Baptist Church
Stop 17: First Congregationalist Church of Marion First Congregationalist Church of Marion
Stop 18: Marion Presbyterian Church Marion Presbyterian Church
Stop 19: Marion United Methodist Church Marion United Methodist Church
Stop 20: Mount Tabor Methodist Church Mount Tabor Methodist Church
Stop 21: St. Wilfrid’s Church and Cemetery St. Wilfrid’s Church and Cemetery
Stop 22: Siloam Baptist Church Siloam Baptist Church
Stop 23: Zion United Methodist Church Zion United Methodist Church
Stop 24: Coretta Scott King’s Home (under construction)
Stop 25: Home of Idella Jones Childs and Jean Childs Home of Idella Jones Childs and Jean Childs Young
Stop 26: Gravesite of Albert Turner, Sr. (under construction)
Stop 27: Gravesite of “Harry the Slave” Gravesite of “Harry the Slave”
Stop 28: Gravesite of Idella Jones Childs Gravesite of Idella Jones Childs
Stop 29 & 30: Gravesite of Jimmy Lee Jackson & Site of Jimmy Lee Jackson’s Homicide Jimmie Lee Jackson
Stop 31: Carlisle Hall (Kenworthy Hall) Carlisle Hall (Kenworthy Hall)
Stop 33: Moore-Webb-Holmes Plantation Moore-Webb-Holmes Plantation
Stop 35: King-Colburn-McMillan King-Colburn-McMillan
Stop 37: Lockett-Martin Lockett-Martin
Stop 38: Myrtle Hill (Lovelace-Lewis) Myrtle Hill (Lovelace-Lewis)
Stop 39: Wiley-Harris Wiley-Harris
Stop 42: Historic Downtown Marion Historic Downtown Marion
Stop 45: Moore-Lee Home Moore-Lee Home
Stop 46: Reverie Reverie
Stop 49: Talbird-Billingsley-Waites House Talbird-Billingsley-Waites House
Stop 51: Perry Lakes Park Perry Lakes Park
Stop 52: The Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center (AABC) The Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center