An important part of world building is research, especially research of the real world. It’s not all about medieval places and faraway planets. Sometimes, what we need is right in our backyards.
Okay, this one’s kind of cheating. I volunteer here several times a month, so it’s not like I’m going in as a newbie. However, it’s a pretty cool place and it’s worth a visit if you’re interested in the area or any of the topics it covers.
The museum focuses on 19th century iron making in the Roupes Valley Ironworks, now in the Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. The site is unique because it encompasses several important historical periods. The ironworks operated beginning in 1830, and was later an important battery of charcoal blast furnaces during the Civil War until it was destroyed in Wilson’s Raid. The ironworks in this area eventually gave birth to the Birmingham Iron & Steel District, and Birmingham’s rapid growth based on that industry gave it the nickname The Magic City.
The museum incorporates artifacts from the Tannehill…
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