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Alabama’s Constitution Village Reverts to Original Name

One of Alabama’s top tourist attractions is getting a new name, a refurbished look and a new purpose.
Alabama’s Constitution Village in downtown Huntsville is getting the makeover as part of the state’s 200th birthday celebration next year.
It’s the site where delegates from across the state gathered to formalize Alabama’s application to become the country’s 22nd state in 1819.
Local and statewide leaders gathered recently to formally break ground on the final phase of what will ultimately be a two-year project to give the outdoor museum a fresh appearance just in time for the state’s birthday party.
The site is reverting to its original name of Constitution Hall Park, said Bart Williams, executive director of the EarlyWorks Family of Museums in Huntsville – which includes Constitution Village.
The fences with a 17th-century look around the site will be removed and the grassy site will become a public space amid the historic buildings. That means there will no longer be an admission charge to access the grounds, though scheduled tours of the facilities will continue to be ticketed, Williams said.
It’s all a part of a $2.2 million sprucing up of the site that includes interior and exterior repairs on weathered facilities as well as an entrance that is fit to be part of the state’s bicentennial celebration next year.
The renovations are expected to be completed by March 2019.

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