Visiting Harper Lee

On Saturday I visited the boyhood home of Hank Williams in Georgiana, and then decided — since I was in the neighborhood — to drive a bit further into the woods and go to Monroeville, the hometown of Harper Lee. Its former courthouse was used as the model for To Kill a Mockingbird’s courthouse, and the building is now used as a museum.  The above photo depicts three Depression-era children reading To Kill a Mockingbird. 

Although I arrived in town long after the museum’s scheduled closing at 1 PM, out of utter luck the museum was hosting a production of a Mockingbird stage play that night, and was subsequently open until ten.  The two classic cars to the right of the building are used in the play; a would-be lynch mob arrives in them.

The second floor houses the courthouse and rooms dedicated to Harper Lee and Truman Capote (both of whom grew up in Monroeville), while the first floor shows off general history, with a model lawyer’s office circa 1930.

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4 Responses to Visiting Harper Lee

  1. Fred says:


    A marvelous novel, and an uncomfortable one also. Those days are not, as we were deluded into thinking, over yet.

    I hope, though I doubt it, that this is the last hurrah.

  2. Mudpuddle says:

    Nice pictures…

  3. Stephen says:

    @Fred: Yes, these days the lynch mobs prefer antagonizing others through the internet…

    @Mudpuddle: Thank you! Photography is one of my interests out of doors..

  4. James says:

    Thanks for providing a tour of a small town that gave us so much great literature.

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