Old Courthouse, Monroeville, Alabama
Old Courthouse, Monroeville, Alabama | Photo Credit: Flickr - U.S. Department of Agriculture

From Harper Lee to Truman Capote, Monroeville has earned the nickname of being Alabama’s “Literary Capital”. Tour the Old Courthouse that was immortalized by the 1960 film To Kill a Mockingbird or visit the homesite where Truman Capote spent much time as a child. This charming Alabama city holds a lot of history and boasts a unique collection of attractions that are sure to inspire every book lover!

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1. Old Courthouse Museum

Monroe County Courthouse, Monroeville, Alabama
Monroe County Courthouse, Monroeville, Alabama | Photo Credit: Wikimedia – Redditaddict69

Address: 31 N Alabama Ave, Monroeville, AL 36460

Set in her own hometown, Harper Lee wrote the famous To Kill a Mockingbird novel that was later turned into a 1960 film starring Gregory Peck. The Monroe County Courthouse stands today as an inspiration for her novel and was even used as a model for the iconic court room movie set. Within the courthouse is a museum dedicated to the work of Harper Lee as well as another Monroeville native, Truman Capote. In addition to focusing on the history of the Literary Capital, the Monroe County Courthouse boasts a collection of local artifacts and history on the region. Outside the courthouse, visitors should stop by the Atticus Finch Memorial Park Monument and the Otha Lee Biggs Amphitheatre. The amphitheater is known for its “play set” of film locations including the Finch and Boo Radley houses.

2. Gravesite of Harper Lee

Address: 486 Pineville Rd, Monroeville, AL 36460

Nelle Harper Lee was born in 1926 and raised in quaint community of Monroeville. She spent much of the life in the city and her father’s last name had ties to Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Professionally known as Harper Lee, she went on to write many novels including To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman. She was also good friends with Truman Capote and helped him on his novel In Cold Blood. Harper Lee passed away in 2016 at the age of 89. Her funeral was held in Monroeville at the First United Methodist Church and was buried in the Lee family plot in Pineville Cemetery.

3. Truman Capote Historical Marker

Truman Capote Boyhood Home, Monroeville, Alabama
Truman Capote Boyhood Home, Monroeville, Alabama | Photo Credit: Library of Congress – Carol M. Highsmith

Address: 263 S Alabama Ave, Monroeville, AL 36460

While the house no longer stands due to a fire in 1940, the Faulk family once called this place home. Famed author, Truman Capote lived in this home with his family between 1927-1933 when he was a child. He often came to spend his summers or vacation in Monroeville with family and friends. One of the Faulk sisters was actually used as an inspiration for a character in three of his books. Capote visited Monroeville often until his death in 1984. He is known for his literary works including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, In Cold Blood and The Glass Harp.

4. Monroe County Library

Address: 121 Pineville Rd #1857, Monroeville, AL 36460

When visiting the “Literary Capital of Alabama”, why not visit the Monroe County Library? This library welcomes visitors to explore its collection of books but also to learn about its earlier history as a hotel. The building in which the library is now housed once served as The LaSalle Hotel, and Gregory Peck (leading star of the To Kill a Mockingbird film, stayed here while getting ready to play his role of Atticus Finch.

Plan Your Visit

Monroeville is located about 20 miles north of I-65 between Montgomery and Mobile.

For a complete map of things to do in Monroeville, be sure to check out the official tourism map here.

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