“The Literary Capital of Alabama” is a small town of 6,519 residents by the name of Monroeville. Founded in the early 1800’s this town is located a couple of hours from Montgomery. Monroeville is the hometown of Harper Lee, author one of the great American novels: To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM).
The Monroe County Courthouse and Museum is a site that cannot be missed. After you walk through a series of informative and robust exhibits chronicling the life of Harper Lee, Truman Capote and the history of To Kill a Mockingbird, you can walk through the courtroom that inspired the set of the movie adaptation that earned actor Gregory Peck the Academy Award for Best Actor.
I would suggest timing your visit around their annual productions of “To Kill A Mockingbird” which are held in April and May at the courthouse. Once you are done taking in the play there are plenty of antique shops and local diners to explore!
About the Author: Originally from the Boston/Providence area, this Portuguese/Sicilian girl learned to love food from the moment she could pick up her own fork. Jessica Pratas currently resides in Atlanta, GA where she spends her time exploring her new home, forcing her friends to eat her latest creations and gallivanting the globe looking for the next “greatest thing she’s ever eaten.” You can read about her adventures on Good Eats Mundial.