Burritt on the Mountain A Living Museum has been referred to as a "Jewel on the Mountain." Start with Dr. William Henry Burritt's eclectic mansion, add a historic park with restored 19th century houses including barnyard and animals, and finally throw in the artistic side with concerts, plays and exhibits, and you have a delightful mixture of old and new for young and old!
In 1955 Dr. Burritt willed his mansion and surrounding acres of Round-Top Mountain to the city of Huntsville, making it Huntsville's first museum. Since that time, volunteers and community activists have brought original homes from the area to Burritt to be restored and utilized as an educational facility. Our interpreters are always busy demonstrating activities as one would see on a 19th century farm. Blacksmithing, spinning, and cooking over an open hearth are just some of the skills employed in our historic park. In the Burritt Barnyard visitors can get up close and personal with an animal that would have been used for work, wool, or even food for the farmers and their families.
One of many "musical experiences" available at Burritt on the Mountain!Dr. Burritt was a third generation homeopathic physician who lived in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He was a man of many interests, including art, music, and everything natural. We have used much of the wooded acreage he left to design wonderful trails, including a nationally known handicap trail. This accessible trail is perfect for wheelchairs, strollers, or for those not as sure-footed as they used to be!
We also think the educational department here at Burritt, would have pleased Dr. Burritt immensely! We have camps, field trips, and festivals, focusing on the many natural wonders of our area. Children can immerse themselves in the world of bugs and their habitats, what it's like to be a 19th century boy or girl, or many other exciting areas of study designed to educate and entertain.
Our mission is to enhance lives and build community through educational, artistic, and recreational experiences while preserving our heritage, land, and historic structures.