Whether you're a literature lover, history buff, or just a fan of Southern hospitality, you're sure to enjoy a trip to Monroeville, AL. Visitors to the Literary Capital of the South will find a number of things to do and see that are sure to make for a memorable stay. Before planning your next trip, check out some favorite Monroeville attractions that can help make the most of your visit.
A Legacy of Literature
Monroeville was once home to writers Truman Capote and Harper Lee, who famously used the city as the basis for the fictional town of Maycomb, AL in her critically acclaimed novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Today, the town features a bronze monument dedicated to Atticus Finch, the novel's protagonist. Visitors can also take in 14 striking sculptures as part of the Literary Capital Bronze Sculpture Trail, which honors ten writers who helped make Monroeville a critical site for American literature. Along with Lee and Capote, those honored include Marva Collins, Cynthia Tucker, Mark Childress, and songwriter Hank Williams.
The Old Monroe County Bank, once home to the law office of Harper Lee’s father, A.C. Lee, is another attraction steeped in literary history, as Lee wrote much of her classic novel inside. You can also explore the Monroe County Heritage Museum, located in the heart of the city. This museum features exhibits on Lee and Capote, helping visitors learn more about their lives and works through interviews, photographs, letters, and documentary films. Visitors can also tour Faulk House, where Truman Capote spent much of his youth, crafting the writings that would lead to his successful career.
Take Part in Literary History
Each spring, local audiences, and guests from around the country gather at the Otha Lee Biggs Amphitheatre, located at the Heritage Museum, to watch Christopher Sergel’s dramatic adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. The play has been staged in town for more than two decades and brings the novel’s beloved characters to life with engaging variations for adults and children.
Those who are passionate about the craft of writing and Southern culture will want to include the Monroeville Literary Festival in their next visit. Formerly the Alabama Writer’s Symposium, the festival welcomes scholars, writers, and literature lovers for three days of writing, music, and art.
Explore the City
Monroeville’s rich history extends beyond the literary, offering guests a look into the notable people and locations that shaped the city. Visit Monroeville AL has created three walking tours that make it easy for visitors to stroll through town, learn more about its history, and explore all the area has to offer. You’ll also find beautiful murals to enjoy on your tour, including works dating back to the 1930s and creations by local artists.
In addition to Monroeville’s sculptures recognizing significant authors, visitors can also check out A Celebration of Reading, a charming bronze sculpture featuring a young girl engaged in a book with two boys eagerly reading over her shoulder. Visitors can join the children on the bench for a photo or stop by after a visit to the Monroe County Public Library to enjoy a book of their own.
Plan Your Trip Today
Located between Montgomery and Mobile, AL, a visit to Monroeville makes a great weekend getaway, addition to your Southern road trip, or family vacation. Contact Visit Monroeville AL online for help planning your trip or call 251-743-2880 to speak with a friendly representative. For more information about things to do, places to stay, dining, and more, download our visitor map and hospitality guide.