Hello friends! I don’t know what happened last week. My post didn’t publish. Murphy’s Law in action! But no matter. My bones were healed enough for hubby and me to explore “Hollywood visits Monroeville, Alabama.” We had so much fun getting away in this! If you’re interested, I’ll give you a tour of our vintage motorhome soon.
Do you know the significance of Monroeville? It is the hometown of Harper Lee. Who is Harper Lee? Harper Lee wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird,” earning a Pulitzer Prize for it in 1961. Subsequently, “To Kill a Mockingbird” was made into a very successful iconic movie. As you can imagine, the town is steeped in the history of the movie and Harper Lee.
Another well-known author, Truman Capote, spent his summers here, and was “Dill” in the movie.
The plot, based on Nelle Harper Lee’s father, a small town lawyer in the 30’s, was played by Gregory Peck. He was Atticus Finch in the movie, winning an Oscar as Best Actor for the role. He visited Monroeville, stayed in the local hotel, ate in the local diner so he could talk to Harper and prepare for the role, although it was not filmed in Monroeville.
Most of the exhibits were located in the old Courthouse, dating from 1903…
Hollywood based the famous courtroom scene inch for inch on this historic courthouse.
They were having a quilt show during our visit…look at that yo-yo quilt! I can do that…LOL….yeah right…well maybe.
Monroeville is a beautiful Deep South town, filled with mansions and old Southern houses with turrets and big wrap-around porches. Cotton fields abound on the outskirts of town. Unfortunately the historic homes of Harper Lee and Truman Capote no longer exist, but if you ever get to Monroeville, follow South Alabama Avenue to see these historic sites.
Right next door Truman Capote/Dill spent his summers. Only a few foundations, rock walls, and camellia bushes remain…
Remember “Boo Radley”? His character befriended the children from a distance leaving little trinkets for them in a big tree. He saved Scout’s life when she was attacked by the town drunk.
Just a couple of houses down from Harper Lee’s…the site of “Son” Boulware’s house, on whom the Boo Radley character was based.
This is the Monroe County Library…but it USED to be The LaSalle Hotel, where Gregory Peck stayed when he came to Monroeville back in the 60’s.
I was told this was original to the hotel, and I would have touched it, 🙂 but I doubt Peck sat in front of it when he was there.
Did I make time for thrift stores??? You betcha…TWICE…but I found NOTHING! In desperation, I made a pass through the local antique shop, and found one thing…
Have you seen this classic movie? I hope so! It won 3 Oscars, and is considered to be one of the best ever made. It was an immediate hit earning 10 times its budget. I will be watching it again soon for the bazillionth time.
Hope you enjoyed Hollywood visits Monroeville Alabama! Let me know in the comments if you want to tour a vintage motorhome!
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