We have an interesting & unique historical & educational facility here in Birmingham (in the small town of Montevallo) called American Village that I visited for the first time last year with some girlfriends. We toured the newly opened Southern Living Showcase House (called The President’s House, modeled after George Washington’s Mt. Vernon home) & fell in love with it. The lady who was in charge of the house asked if we would like to be volunteers in the house & so, I’ve been volunteering for the last few months. It’s a wonderful concept for learning & one that I’ve never seen anywhere before. I would have loved to have had a field trip like this one when I was in school!
Here’s an excerpt from their website: The American Village is the first civic education campus in the country built to provide experience-based learning for young people. In addition it is proving to be a popular stop for casual visitors and tourists, having been featured in the September, 2000 issue of Southern Living magazine.
Over a quarter of a million students have made history at The American Village, experiencing the past with a visit to this unique interactive colonial classroom. Students from every grade level participate in experiential learning every day. The American Village is unique in its mission to strengthen and renew the foundations of American liberty and self-government through citizenship education. More than a field trip, The American Village educational program is tied directly to objectives in the state course of study and graduation standards.
Of course, the Southern Living house is what I fell in love with. I was there last week for a volunteer day (3 hours) and always marvel at how beautiful the house is. They made some of the details (like moldings, pine floors) true to the original standards, but of course, added a wonderful modern kitchen & master bath & anyone would love to live in this house today. Here’s some pics that I took last Christmas of the house. If you get the chance to visit, by all means do so!
Above & below: Master Bedroom & bath
Diningroom, don’t you love these arches!
Upstairs girl’s room & bath:
Kitchen, this is a WOW kitchen!
Moldings between study & LR:
Outdoor patio area:
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