Andi Martin, Marketing and Public Relations Manager  

andi.martin@ahc.alabama.gov, 334-230-2680


April 30, 2020


Update: Alabama Historical Commission Re-Opens

 “Green Spaces”

at Select Historic Sites


(Montgomery, AL) The Alabama Historical Commission has been closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus and Covid-19, following the guidelines and recommendations of Governor Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health. As we enter a new stage of response to the ongoing situation, Governor Ivey and public health officials have instituted a phased re-opening strategy. In response, the Alabama Historical Commission will re-open the grounds of select historic sites that have “green spaces” available to the public. These sites include: Fort Morgan Historic Site, Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson Park, Confederate Memorial Park, Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, and Fort Mims. These sites will be open during their standard operating hours, effective Friday, May 1, 2020.


The visitors’ centers, gift shops, and various museums on these sites will remain closed as to ensure the safety of visitors and AHC staff. AHC encourages all visitors to wear protective facial coverings, observe social distancing regulations, and follow all other recommended safety guidelines.


The Governor’s phased opening strategy designates that museums fall under the ‘entertainment’ category; facilities like these are not yet permitted to re-open. As such, the following sites are to remain temporarily closed to the public: the Freedom Rides Museum, Belle Mont Mansion, Pond Spring: the General Joe Wheeler Home, Fendall Hall, Gaineswood National Historic Landmark, and Magnolia Grove.


All physical programs and events have been cancelled through May 30, as gatherings of 10 or more are not permitted. Visitors are encouraged to explore the social media platforms of each of the AHC sites where many have developed virtual engagement opportunities. AHC will continue to evaluate closures and closely monitor the situation.


AHC leadership has been very mindful of the availability of personal protective equipment for the staff and cleaning supplies, which are factored in for the safety of all. The move to re-open select sites was made only after evaluating supply chain options so that these essential items could continually be made available at our sites.


“The Alabama Historical Commission remains vigilant as we navigate our staff, historic sites, and visitors through the COVID-19 situation,” said Lisa D. Jones, Executive Director Alabama Historical Commission. “We are dedicated to the safety and well-being of our employees and historic sites visitors. These protocols have been implemented to serve the public and maintain safety for all those impacted under the AHC umbrella.”


The Alabama Historical Commission Main Office in Montgomery will be operating with limited staff and closed to the public. The public is encouraged to correspond with program coordinators via email with regards to ongoing projects. Section 106 applications have moved entirely to a digital submission process. A directory of staff members and corresponding programs is available at https://ahc.alabama.gov/staffdirectory.aspx.


AHC acknowledges that this situation will continue to evolve as protocol and policy is put into place at the state and federal levels.

About the Alabama Historical Commission

Located in historic downtown Montgomery at 468 S. Perry Street, the Alabama Historical Commission is the state historic preservation agency for Alabama. The agency was created by an act of the state legislature in 1966 with a mission to protect, preserve and interpret Alabama’s historic places. AHC works to accomplish its mission through two fields of endeavor: Preservation and promotion of state-owned historic sites as public attractions; and, statewide programs to assist people, groups, towns, and cities with local preservation activities. For a complete list of programs and properties owned and operated by the AHC, hours of operation, and admission fees please visit ahc.alabama.gov  



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