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Burritt on the Mountain, Huntsville

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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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  • We loved this beautiful place! The gift shop is amazing with all the items ladies and kids love to buy. My husband sat on a bench, ha. The next stop was to start the gold scavenger hunt dispersed thro...  more »
  • My daughter loved this place. Chaperoned a field trip here and the kids loved it. Lots to see and do for kids at or over 7. My daughter loved trying to make butter and yarn, and seeing exactly how peo...  more »
  • What a beautiful spot. Loved the yarn-bombs around trees on the way up. Walking trails are even and well groomed.  more »
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  • Came here to volunteer during Easter. The view is absolutely gorgeous and it is a very family oriented place. Great for kids. Also a great place to have a wedding.
  • Always love it here. Kids and adults always enjoy the visit....and the views are amazing.
  • Beautiful venue for weddings and events. Awesome views at sunset.
  • Great place to visit and tour. Well maintained. Howard Wheeden exhibit worth the visit alone. Great for kids to see a look at the past.
  • Cool site to see in Huntsville with a beautiful view of the city. Awesome trails, gift shop, kid's camps in the summer, live music throughout the year. Always something going on here, entertainment for all ages!