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Burritt on the Mountain, Huntsville

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4.4/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
Burritt on the Mountain is an open-air museum in Huntsville, Alabama. The museum grounds on Round Top Mountain, a plateau connected to Monte Sano Mountain, were the estate of local physician William Burritt, who willed his house and land to the city for use as a museum upon his death in 1955. A number of 19th century rural structures have been added to Burritt's mansion, both in the interest of historical preservation and life re-enactment.HistoryWilliam Henry Burritt was born in Huntsville in 1869. A great-great-grandson of Rev. Blackleach Burritt, he followed in his grandfather's and father's footsteps, becoming a physician and set up practice in 1891. In 1900 he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, with his second wife. There he became involved in managing farming, logging, and mining operations, and in rubber production, where he received 22 patents for his tire inventions. Burritt returned to Huntsville after his wife's death in 1934 and designed an eccentric mansion surrounded by 167 acres (68 ha) where he would farm and raise goats in his retirement. In addition to eclectic decorative design, the house featured straw insulation, inspired by visit on a hot day to a Missouri farm. On June 6, 1936, the day Burritt moved into the mansion, it burned to the ground due to an electrical fire, exacerbated by the straw insulation and its protective metal panels. The mansion was rebuilt, and Burritt lived there until his death in 1955.Having no heirs, Burritt donated his house and property to the city for the purpose of establishing a museum. The museum began purchasing rural log houses and barns that were in danger of demolition, and relocating them to the grounds. Three structures were moved to the museum between 1964 and 1974. The park is divided into two areas: 1850 and 1900, with buildings, furniture, and tools from each time period. Today, twelve 19th century structures have been fully restored and are part of the museum.
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  • A beautiful mountain top location and a number of well preserved historic structures was a surprise to find. Really interesting spot with some fabulous rental facilities. 
  • We attended a wedding here and it was one of the most beautiful weddings I've ever been to. The view of the city from the venue is phenomenal. Everything was so lovely. It's a steep drive up and down ...  read more »
  • My wife and I went to Huntsville recently to meet some friends and wanted to do something else before they arrived. We found Burritt on the Mountain. What a pleasant and interesting place to visit. Th...  read more »
  • Amazing interpreters and volunteers in costume for special evening event in the whimsical woods. Crafts, climbing and puzzle activities perfect for the 3- and the 7-year old. Kids had a wonderful time and would have stayed longer than our 90 minutes if the adults had the energy! Great value for one visit or membership!
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  • I was so sad to see the pigs in such small pens knowing they could be with the chickens in a much larger pen. We were told they have been in that small spot for 10 years and are never let out or loved. Please start letting them along with all the other animals out to graze. We really liked the place but feel for having farm animals, you are doing a major disservice to them. They want to roam some and be loved. Thank you Jeanne and Kevin Edwards
  • Good friends were married today here. Great place with a gorgeous view.
  • The view is beautiful overlooking Huntsville, AL. The price to tour the house is a little to high and was not all that great! Google pics of the house save your money and just walk the grounds.
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