The Arab Historic Village was developed as a tribute to the pioneering people who settled the Arab area and features eight authentic buildings that have been lovingly restored by the Arab Historic Society members. The Hunt School building is a restored 1935 two-room school which has been recreated inside as if the students will arrive immediately for a day at school. Recently, the Smithsonian Museum Exhibit, Journey Stories, was hosted in this building. The Rice Church is a one room church, which was built around 1910. Gospel Singings, weddings, and other events are frequently held here. Every visitor should take the opportunity to visit the 1930’s country store. It is stocked with about anything a person would have needed back then, including penny candy, moon pies and RC colas, patent medicines, small hand tools and fabric and sewing items. The original mail bins from Arab’s first post office are also on display in this building. The Boyd Homestead, a farmhouse built in 1890, complete with a smokehouse and an outside toilet, awaits visitors. It was donated by Lola Boyd, a retired school teacher who was born and lived all of her 99 years in this house. The Ruth Homemaker’s Clubhouse displays handmade quilts and various cooking and canning items from the 1930’s. There is also a working gristmill and blacksmith shop where local craftsmen are eager to provide a demonstration. Various events are held at the Village each year, including “Back When Day” held in the spring, “Arab Community Fair” held in September, and Christmas and Santa in the Park, held from Thanksgiving weekend through December. The Village is open for tours through the week on Thursday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
General Admission Fee: $5.00http://www.arabcity.org | 120 City Park Drive NE, Arab, AL