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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. 

Saturday Snapshot is a weekly meme sponsored by West Metro Mommy.  Check out her website at http://westmetromommy.blogspot.com/ to see what other bloggers have photographed this week!

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Arti said...

Wonderful post! I'm always eager to see actual film locations. Being in that court house must be an inspiring visit, even without the people in it. I'm sure it had brought back movie images for you. I'm a bookish movie buff, To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the best book to film adaptations I've seen. Glad to have discovered your blog through West Metro Mommy's Saturday Snapshot. I usually participate but this week I've something else, a review of a special film. ;)

DoingDewey said...

How cool! What a fun bookish trip :)

Ginx Craft said...

How exciting. It is such a long time since I have read that book, that I think I may reread it on holiday.

Vicki said...

How cool, I'd love to go there one day! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!!

Elizabeth said...

How fun...I love To Kill a Mockingbird.

Eerie about Truman Capote's home.

THANKS for sharing.

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Melinda Ott said...

That sounds like a wonderful trip! "To Kill a Mockingbird" is one of my favorite books!

Brona Joy said...

I'm rereading TKAM right now for a readalong with Adam @ RoofBeamReader. This was the perfect post for me :-)
Thank you for sharing

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Awesome trip! I did so love To Kill a Mockingbird...and also read a biography of Harper Lee that I enjoyed: Mockingbird.

Thanks for sharing.

Betty Luckhurst said...

It's always a bit fulfilling to visit a place that you feel a connection to. Thanks for sharing this place with us.

Louise said...

Fantastic post, lovely to see pictures of somewhere I may never see.