moton field was built in 1940 and is named after robert moton the second president of the tuskegee institute. moton field is nationally famous for being the home to the tuskegee airmen. at moton field there is a small museum about the tuskegee airmen and a park that over looks the field. for those interested in african american history moton field is worth a look when in tuskegee.
the oaks was the home of booker t. washington (1856-1915) the first president of the tuskegee normal school. today the oaks is a national historic landmark and is open to the public. a very interesting place to visit for those interested in african-american history.
most visitors come to tuskegee to visit tuskegee university and the tuskegee institute national historic site. on campus is the "oaks" the former home of booker t. washington and the george washington carver museum.
grey columns is a beautiful italiante plantation house built for william varner in 1857. in 1889 the varner plantation and mansion was bought by the trustees of the tuskegee normal college for their campus. today grey columns is the tuskegee university president's home.
the tuskegee heritage museum is a good first stop when visiting tuskegee. this small museum has exhibits on george washington carver, booker t. washington, tuskegee airmen, and some creek native american artifacts. at the museum you can ge information and directions to the historic attractions of tuskegee.
The Oaks is the magnificent home of Booker T. Washington one of the founders of the Tuskegee Institute. Washington was instrumental in the formation of the school and raised most of the funds for the buildings and the running of the school. Hours are 9 AM to 4:30 PM except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Admission is free. To schedule a tour of the George W. Carver Museum or The Oaks (Booker T. Washington's home), call Shirley Baxter at (334) 727-3200.
The home was undergoing restoration when I was there so I did not get to see inside. From everything I have heard it is well worth seeing.
The George Washington Carver Museum is housed in what was originally the laundry facility for the university. In 1938 it became a museum to house the artifacts, art and historic memoranilia owned by Carver. Today it houses a variety of materials relating to the school and its founders, benefactors, and students. Hours are 9 AM to 4:30 PM except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Admission is free. To schedule a tour of the George W. Carver Museum or The Oaks (Booker T. Washington's home), call Shirley Baxter at (334) 727-3200.
Another important piece of American History is commemorated by the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site located inside the town limits. This place of higher learning was started in 1881 by a former slave and a former slave owner and was dedicated to the education of the freed slaves. Today it is still dedicated to the furtherance of the education of African Americans. The site includes the George W. Carver Museum and The Oaks, home of Booker T. Washington. It is located on the campus of Tuskegee Unversity. The park is open daily from 9 AM to 4:30 PM except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Admission is free. To schedule a tour of the George W. Carver Museum or The Oaks (Booker T. Washington's home), call Shirley Baxter at (334) 727-3200.
Photo 1 is the Historic Quadrangle of Tuskegee University, this is considered the heart of the campus. Photo 2 is a monument to higher education and those who make it possible. Photo 3 is Carnegie Hall, named for Andrew Carnegie who donated lots of money to the school. Carnegie Hall served as the schools library for many years. Photo 4 is Tompkins Hall, which served as the school's dining hall and social center.
Your first stop at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site should be the Visitors Center. Here you can get a park brochure and information on how to best enjoy the site. The site is located on the outskirts of town. During World War II this location served as the site for an "experiment" to train African Americans as military pilots. Many of the pilots proved themselves to be fine pilots and true patriots. The approximately 15,000 people who trained as pilots and support personnel became known as the Tuskegee Airmen and are honored at this site. The Visitors Center is open 9 AM to 4:30 PM daily. Admission is free.
Lake Tuskegee is a city-owned recreational area with playgrounds, picnic areas, and some 92 acres of water providing fishing, sailing, and water skiing. It is located within the city limits and is convenient to the downtown area.
The Tuskegee Heritage Museum is centrally located in downtown Tuskegee across the street from Tuskegee Park and a block or two from the court house. The museum has a decent collection of artifacts from the Creek Indians, and items relating to the Tuskegee Airmen, Tuskegee Institute and other historical items about the area, like an 1850s farm display. Entrance is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Entrance is gained through the Florist Shop next door. Hours are limited.
The Macon County Court House was built in 1905 in the heart of the historic town of Tuskegee. It is a very pretty building and is right across from Tiskegee Park. There are several other older historic buildings nearby.
the macon county confederate civil war memorial is located on courthouse square in downtown tuskegee. this memorial has a standing solder motif which is common in the south.
The main museum for the site is located in Hangar #1. There are other hangars and some aircraft to see too.
Most of the Tuskegee Historic District, other than the National Historic Sites, is located around Tuskegee Park.