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Why You Need to Visit the Arab Historic Village

Step back in time at the Arab Historic Village. It is filled with history and artifacts of the early 1900s. History buffs and visitors alike will enjoy taking a walk through this village nestled by the Arab City Park. There are several buildings that each represent stores, homes, churches and more just like the old days. They even have special events that are talked about all over the state. Here are just a few reasons why you need to stop by and see the Arab Historic Village next time you are in the Lake Guntersville area.

History Lesson

We know what you are thinking, I don’t want another history lesson. But at the Arab Historic Village, you are immersed in the lifestyles of those who lived in the area nearly 100 years ago. You will walk in a home of a well-known teacher and see the basic necessities she lived with. You will see a small-town church that blessed hundreds of followers. Other buildings that will amaze you are the Elvin Light Museum filled with real artifacts, the two-room Hunt School and Smiths’ Country Store filled with tin crackers and bagged flour. Each filled with their own unique story. To learn more about each specific building, click here.

Family Fun Events

The Arab Historic Village hosts events for the whole family. One of their most popular is the Back When Day Fair. It happens on the fourth Saturday of April each year. People come far and wide to see the village set up and hear stories of how it was way back when. You get to see how certain technology ran in the early 1900s including quilting and grinding cornmeal. You can also follow along their Facebook page to see other events including painting rocks for St. Patrick’s Day.

Field Trips

If you are a teacher and looking for a way to get your classroom out and learning hands on, then the Arab Historic Village is the place for you. Students will learn first-hand on how life was like over 100 years ago, and they will even see how schools are so different than how they once were by checking out the Hunt School. The current cost for a field trip is $5 per child. You can even bring a sack lunch to enjoy a nice lunch outside at the pavilion at the Arab City Park.

Santa in the Park

Whether you are reading this at Christmastime or not, you got to know about Santa in the Park. It coincides with Arab’s Christmas in the Park which consists of millions of Christmas lights twinkling in the neighboring Arab City Park. After you finish walking through the free Christmas lights, walk to the village for some reindeer food, pictures with Santa Claus and more. It starts the day after Thanksgiving and concluding the weekend before Christmas. Santa in the Park is held every Friday and Saturday evening. There is a small fee for Santa in the Park.

The Arab Historic Village is open year-round Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Follow them on Facebook for events and more information.