Make your own free website on

The House Next Door Bed and Breakfast

Historic Marion Attractions

Home | Home Description | Accommodations and Rates | Location and Directions | Historic Marion Attractions

Attractions in historic Marion, Alabama are numerous and varied.


The Perry County Chamber of Commerce and Marion Railway Depot - circa 1907 - 1200 Washington Street. Find information and directions for the many Marion and Perry County attractions at this site.

Marion Military Institute (1842) and Alabama Military Hall of Honor, Washington Street - This site was the original site of Old Howard College, later moved to Birmingham, now Samford University, Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham.

Judson College(1838) and Alabama Women's Hall of Fame - Bibb Street - Alabama's only woman's college and the fourth oldest woman's college in the nation.

Lincoln Normal School - Phillips Auditorium , 1867, is located at Lincoln and Lee Streets.  It was founded by freed slaves as a school for African-American children. In 1887, a division of Lincoln, The Patterson's Plantation Home for Teachers was relocated to Montgomery and later became Alabama State University.

The Alabama Baptist Building . circa 1830, is located on DeKalb Street, on the Judson Campus .  The Alabama Baptist newspaper was first published in this building.

Siloam Baptist Church, founded, 1822, is located at  505 Washington Street.   Located in the church is the table around which the Baptist Domestic Mission Board, now the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board, was organized. From Siloam, local slaves worshiped in the 1800s, who with support from Siloam Baptist Church members, later established Barean Baptist Church, Washington Street, 1873.

Coretta Scott King's Home is locaated about 10 miles from Marion on  North Perry County Road 29, The Coretta Scott King Highway.

Idella Jones Childs and Jean Childs Young (Mrs. Andrew) Home - is located at 1415 Washington Street.

First Congregationalist Church of Marion , 1871,  601 Clay Street, is an unaltered structure.  It was constructed by freed slaves and was once pastored by Rev. Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, who married Marion resident Jean Childs.

Perry County Courthouse, built 1858, is on the Washington Street Square.  This is a Greek Revival Temple architecture. Sam Houston addressed the citizens of Perry County from these front steps when he came to Marion to marry Margaret Lea. Unique in that the courthouse has never burned, it contains important documents for geneological research.

Marion Female Seminary, 1836, is located on Monroe Street.  It was founded as a school for girls where Nicola Marschall, an art teacher in the school and native of Prusia, designed the first Confederate flag and the Confederate uniform.

Carlisle Hall, now Kenworthy Hall, 1860, is a Nineteenth Century structure, designed by architect, Richard Upjohn for Edward K. Carlisle. It is one of the best examples of Italian Villa style in Alabama.

King-McMillan,1819, is located at 309 Clay Street. It was built for General Edwin D. King who served on the Board of Trustees for the University of Alabama; helped found Marion Female Seminary and Judson College, and served to develop the Marion area. This one-story raised cottage still contains some of the original window panes of blown glass. It is the home of Don and Jennifer McMillan.

Margaret Lea House, West Green Street, is the home of Margaret Moffett Lea and the site of her marriage to General Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas, 1840.

Reverie , circa 1858, is located at 108 West LaFayette Street.  It is a Greek revival home featuring doric columns made of triangular-shaped hand-made brick. It is the home of Jack and Jackie Wood.


Many other significant antebellum structures can be viewed on arrival in Marion.


~ Betty Ann Colburn, Owner