W C Handy Music Festival

William Christopher Handy was born in 1873 in the Shoals city of Florence, Alabama. Since 1982, the Music Preservation Society (MPS) has been honoring and celebrating the “Father of the Blues” with an annual ten day series of events held in the Northwestern part of Alabama. This year we proudly recognize our 32nd festival; last year we were honored with recognition by the Alabama Department of Tourism as one of the Top 10 events for 2011.

Helen Keller’s Birthplace

Ivy Green is the name for the childhood home of Helen Keller. It is located in Tuscumbia, Alabama. The house was built in 1820 and is a simple white clapboard house. The actual well pump where Helen Keller first communicated with Anne Sullivan is located at Ivy Green. The property includes the cottage where Keller was born and the house where she spent her early childhood.

Coon Dog Cemetery

The Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard is a cemetery located in rural Colbert County, Alabama, USA, reserved specifically for the burial of coon dogs. Key Underwood established the cemetery on September 4, 1937 by burying his coon dog, Troop.