History & Culture
From the Trail of Tears stretching across the mountain and through the wooded land of Lake Guntersville State Park to the Depression-era village atop Brindlee Mountain in Arab, Marshall County is rich in history.
Visitors can walk the original trail that Native Americans traveled during the 1830s and then visit the Guntersville Museum to see pottery, arrowheads, and other treasures of the lives that were left behind when the Native Americans were forced to leave their homeland.
Visit the Albertville Museum or one of several pre-Civil War cemeteries located in Marshall County, including the city of Albertville’s cemetery and the 1883 Methodist Church Cemetery located in downtown Arab. The founders of both towns, along with soldiers from the Civil War, are buried in the two cemeteries. Stories of those buried in the cemeteries can be heard during walking tours offered in the spring.
Atop Grant Mountain is the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, built in the 1920s and supported by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Founded in 1924, the campus still maintains 12 of its original buildings. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement, the buildings were constructed using native fieldstone, flagstone, and pine logs.
The Arab Historical Society continues to develop the Arab Historic Village in Arab City Park as a tribute to the pioneer-spirited people who settled and built this area. Development of the Historic Village was started in 1991 as a centennial project and now features ten buildings, including a one-room school house, church, working gristmill, and homestead. Each building has been furnished with period items and together, they portray a North Central Alabama rural community during the Depression.
Several of the churches located in Marshall County are celebrated as part of the North Alabama Hallelujah Trail including First Presbyterian Church and First Methodist Church of Guntersville.
Contact the Marshall County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 256-582-7015 for more information about any of the museums or historical stops listed above.