Boatwright Blacksmith Shop - Montgomery, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member xptwo
N 32° 22.949 W 086° 18.181
16S E 565559 N 3583045
Quick Description: The Boatwright Blacksmith Shop is now located in Old Alabama Town where it is used to educate people about this aspect of our history.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 8/23/2012 12:23:31 PM
Waymark Code: WMF4WD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Big B Bob
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Long Description:
Daniel Webster Boatwright opened this blacksmith shop at Fleahop Crossroads in Elmore County, north of Montgomery, in 1893. It was used for that purpose until the 1940s, when the county began using it for maintenance work. In the 1980s and 1990s, the furnishings and the building were donated to Old Alabama Town for display. During certain times, such as school tours, a working blacksmith is available for demonstrations and to answer questions. At other times, the shop is open to the public for investigation on a self-guided tour.

The source of the above information is "Old Alabama Town: An Illustrated Guide by Mary Ann Neeley (ISBN 0-8173-1179-3), page 60. On the back cover of the book, there is a description of Old Alabama Town:

"Old Alabama Town is a visual and historical chronicle of one of the South's important architectural landmarks - four blocks of 19th-century buildings restored to their original condition, collectively forming an educational village that preserves and displays life as it was lived in Alabama from the 1830s through the 1890s. A creation of the Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery, Old Alabama Town displays the lifestyles and environment of the period through architecture, decorative arts, and living history. The "town" has been made available for students, secondary school educators for field trips, and to tourists for entertainment and family excursions.

More than 50 historic structures, all formerly in danger of demolition, have been transported from around central Alabama and restored on-site. The Living Block of the village allows visitors to explore a log cabin, dogtrot house, carriage house, "shotgun" house, pole barn, schoolhouse, tavern, grange hall, and grocery. The Working Block allows patrons to visit a blacksmith's shop, drugstore, grist mill, cotton gin, woodcrafter's shop, print shop, and cookhouse. Additional regions of the village present some of the most significant historic homes to be preserved in the state: the Cram-Lakin House, Thompson Mansion, and the Ordeman-Mitchell-Shaw House, among others."

To see the blacksmith shop, one must buy a ticket to the area at the Reception Center located at 301 Columbus Street. One can call 334-240-4500 for more information. The address below is for the Reception Center. I was not able to find a web address with information specific to this shop, so I will include the general Old Alabama Town site.
Operating Status: Re-creation / Educational

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301 Columbus Street
Montgomery, AL USA

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