WHERE HISTORY LIVES
Located between Tuscaloosa and Montgomery and just a little over 30 miles from historic Selma, Ala., Marion is the county seat of Perry County. . Steeped in history, this college town is home to many intriguing antique stores, beautiful antebellum homes, and delicious southern cuisine. As a result of its cozy size and close relationship with Judson College and Marion Military Institute (MMI) both colleges, Marion provides a warm atmosphere of welcome to all students and visitors.
THINGS TO KNOW
- The City of Marion was once called "Muckle's Ridge" but was renamed in honor of Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox" hero of the American Revolution.
- Marion has a population of slightly more than 4,000.
- Howard College, now known as Samford University, was first founded here in 1842 before moving to Birmingham in 1887.
- Sam Houston, later of Texas fame, was married in Marion in 1840 to a local girl, Margaret Moffette Lea.
- A groundbreaking school for African Americans, the Lincoln Normal School, was founded in 1867.
- Civil rights leader, Coretta Scott King, attended Lincoln Normal School.
- The Alabama Military Hall of Honor is housed on the MMI campus.
- The Alabama Women's Hall of Fame is housed on the Judson campus.
- Marion has more than ten structures on the National Register of Historic Places, four historic districts and one National Historic Landmark, Kenworthy Hall.
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PLACES TO VISIT
- Frosty Cow - ice cream parlor
- Anderson- Barnes Antiques - one of many wonderful downtown antique shops
- College City Drugs - another downtown gift shop offering the largest selection of gift items in the city from such designers as Arthur Court, Burt's Bees, Vera Bradley and Hello Kitty.
- The Alabama Women's Hall of Fame - Located on the Judson College campus in Bean Hall.
- The Alabama Military Hall of Fame - Located on the MMI campus in the Old City Hall building.
- Green Street Gallery - A display of artwork by local artists and students.
- Perry Lakes Park and Barton's Beach, Cahaba River Preserve - a restored outdoor park and nature preserve offering a variety of activities for those who love the outdoors.
- Carlisle Hall (Kenworthy Hall) - declared a National Historic Landmark in 2004, this Italian villa style structure is most popularly known as having been featured in a short story in Kathryn Tucker Windham's 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey. Located on the North side of Alabama Highway 14.
PLACES TO EAT
- Lottie's Restaurant, 207 Washington Street
- Hardee's, 1215 Washington Street
- Whillard's - Highway 5 South
- The Kalico Kitchen, Highway 5
- The Lotus Garden, Authentic Chinese Food, 1602 Highway 5 South
- Subway, Highway 5 South
- Marion Steakhouse - Green Street, Downtown Marion
- Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant, 108 Fikes Ferry Road
- Jim's Little Store, Washington Street, Downtown Marion
- Bonnie's Bakery, Green Street, Downtown Marion
PLACES TO STAY
PLACES TO WORSHIP
- Siloam Baptist Church
- St. Wilfrid's Episcopal Church
- Marion United Methodist Church
- Marion Presbyterian Church
- United Community Church of God in Christ
- Berean Baptist Church
- Little Rock Baptist Church
- Pine Grove Baptist Church