Saturday, July 27, 2013
Saturday Snapshot - Visiting The Land of Harper Lee
I just returned from a two-week visit to Alabama - home of fabulous produce, family, and of course, the land of Harper Lee, the beloved author of "To Kill A Mockingbird."
For years I have wanted to make the trip down to Monroeville, Alabama to visit the town where the famous author grew up and also the site of inspiration for the classic novel that I love so well. So I was thrilled we were able to make the pilgrimage down there this time.
I was actually surprised at how large a town Monroeville was. It is the county seat for Monroe County, and while the downtown area was smallish, the outlying area was a bustling community! Monroeville is not too far from Mobile, the Gulf shores, and is surrounded by many lakes and rivers, so it's a hoppin' little place in the summertime.
The old Monroe County Courthouse was the site of the "courtroom scene" in the movie version of "To Kill A Mockingbird."
The courtroom where the famous "trial" scene was filmed for the movie.
The center of town boasts a mural dedicated to the book, and features Scout and Jem looking down what would have been Main Street in their little town of "Maycomb."
Harper Lee, or Nell as she is known there, grew up in Monroeville, and still lives there with her 101-year old sister, Alice - but their whereabouts is a well-guarded secret with the locals. The local librarian said they were living together in assisted living, and still got out and about quite a bit though. This empty lot is all that remains of the Lee's childhood home.
Growing up, Harper Lee was good friends with a boy who would grow up to become a famous author as well - Truman Capote. This rock wall is all that remains of the home of Truman's family, where he visited every summer.
Back at the courthouse square, these three facades - representing the various homes mentioned in "To Kill A Mockingbird" - are located in an outdoor amphitheater where a theatrical version of the story is reenacted during the summer months.
I hope you enjoyed my little tour of Monroeville, Alabama.
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