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American Village in Montevallo in Alabama
October 20, 2022
USA map showing location of AlabamaShelby County AL showing Montevallo

Montevallo is a city in Shelby County, Alabama. A college town, it is the home of the University of Montevallo, a public liberal arts university with approximately 3,000 students. The area where Montevallo is now was once controlled by the Creek Indians. After being acquired in 1814 Jesse Wilson claimed a small hill on the northern bank of Wilson's Creek by the present Montevallo City Cemetery and created a homestead there, making it the oldest settlement in Shelby County. Wilson's friends and family followed afterwards and also settled in the area, and a settlement known as Wilson's Hill developed on the site. The settlement's location at almost the exact center of Alabama meant it was considered one of the potential sites for the University of Alabama. In an attempt to encourage the university to choose the site the settlement changed its name to Montevallo, which is Italian for the hill in the valley. For more history of Montevallo - go to,Alabama


American Village
3727 Highway 119, Montevallo AL 35115

American Village sign the grounds at American Village

Founded in 1995, The American Village has 188-acres and more than 20 historically-inspired buildings, plus nice grounds. It builds good citizens on the cornerstone of liberty. It is a nationally-pioneering classroom and American history and civics education center, with the goal to strengthen and renew the foundations of American liberty and self-government by engaging and inspiring citizens, leaders and stewards. It does have seasonal dates and hours.

The American Village gave the two RV Gypsies an opportunity to step back in time and become part of the great American journey for independence and self-government.

American Village Plaza and Fountain Revolutionary War Patriots sign
American Village Citizen Trust plaque

Below: The front side of sign about the Liberty Bell was all screwed up and partially unreadable. the back side could not be read because of the thick greenery blocking it.

side 1 of The Liberty Bell sign side 2 of The Liberty Bell sign
Liberty Bell Replica Liberty Bell Replica and Lee Duquette

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Below: Independence Hall

entrance to Independence Hall

Below: Only one part of the building plans shown in the photo below was completed on this date.

Independence Hall sign Independence Hall

Below: The two RV Gypsies went Inside Independence Hall's West Wing, which is the first phase of the American Village's project to have a replica of Philadelphia's Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Inside Independence Hall's West Wing

Below: The Liberty Tree at American Village. There are various other Liberty Tree replicas around the USA.

The original Liberty Tree (1646–1775) was a famous elm tree that stood in Boston, Massachusetts, near Boston Common, in the years before the American Revolution. In 1765, colonists in Boston staged the first act of defiance against the British government at the tree. The tree became a rallying point for the growing resistance to the rule of Britain over the American colonies, and the ground surrounding it became known as Liberty Hall. The Liberty Tree was felled in August 1775 by Loyalists led by Nathaniel Coffin Jr. or by Job Williams

The Liberty Tree at American Village The Liberty Tree at American Village

Below: The grounds outside Independence Hall. The two RV Gypsies did not walk over the bridge for a closer look at the statue, because they knew there was so much more to see here.

bridge and statue
grounds outside Independence Hall pond outside Independence Hall
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Below: The National Veterans Shrine

Below: The entrance to the building, monument and bell, plus the backside of the monument (and the nearby Chapel Building) as seen leaving the National Veterans Shrine building.

American Village building and statue The National Veterans Shrine
American Village building and statue Hallowed Ground

small Liberty Bell

National Veterans Shirine sign

Below: Inside The National Veterans Shrine

In God We Trust monument
In God We Trust monumen
the video room military emblems
Nathan Hale mural Victory mural

Below: Every Veteran is Someone's Loved One

Every Veteran is Someone's Loved One Every Veteran is Someone's Loved One
Served and sacrificed Lives were changed

Below: Lee Duquette who served in the U.S. Marines, read and studied the signs that honored those who served.

A Band of Brothers Lee Duquette who served in the U.S.Marines
They Answered the Call
JSA Flag Alabama State Fag
Hallowed Ground sign Veterans Register of Homor
Alabamsa Heroes National Veterans Day poster
Veterans day 1947 List of Veteran Services organizations

Below: Each door opened with a saying

Each door opend with a saying
The National Veterans Shrine The National Veterans Shrine

Below: The Lucille Ryals Thompson Colonial Chapel

The Chapel American Village building
Lucille Ryals Thompson Colonial Chapel sign about the Chapel Steeple
inside The Lucille Ryals Thompson Colonial Chapel inside The Lucille Ryals Thompson Colonial Chapel
Eagle Statue
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