Local Spotlight: Burritt on the Mountain

Burritt on the Mountain

Want to take a break from the 21st century? You can step back into the past at Burritt on the Mountain. This local museum and heritage center will show you what the world looked like in the 1800s—no time machine required!

Behind the Name

Burritt on the Mountain gets its name from Dr. William Henry Burritt (1869 to 1955). In fact, his fascinating mansion appears among the spots to visit.

Located on top of the mountain, the home sits on a 167-acre property. Burritt’s first house in the area was burned down—on the night he moved in! Still, the X-shaped frame remained—and it eventually became something quite special.

You won’t believe your eyes when you see this eclectic mansion decked out in styles like Classical Revival and Art Deco. Maybe he couldn’t decide on his favorite look!

More on Burritt on the Mountain

Did you know that Burritt on the Mountain is also the very first museum to operate in Huntsville? It opened 60 years ago, after its namesake passed away and willed the area to our town.

Ever since, people near and far have traversed the mountain. Along the way, they’ve learned a thing or two about our history!

What exhibits can I explore?

While Burritt lived in the area in the 1900s, the museum has exhibits from across the 19th century as well. Some of its draws include:

  • Multiple nature trails;
  • A gift shop;
  • The Historic Park, which offers a trip back in time to the 1800s, complete with historic reenactors and hands-on demonstrations;
  • Restored buildings;
  • The Dorothy Davidson Rosenwald Schoolhouse;
  • And more.

Guests can also go on a group or self-guided tour. Call (256) 536-2882 to reserve your group tour, or show up for the standing group tour on weekends at Historic Park at 2:30 p.m.

Visiting Details

You can find Burritt on the Mountain at 3101 Burritt Dr. SE in Huntsville. April through October, they open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. As for November through March, they open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets! They cost $8 for children and students, $10 for military members and those aged 60 and older, and $12 for adults. Both children aged 2 and younger and Burritt members get in for free!


The past is closer than we think. See the old days in a new light at Burritt on the Mountain. Then, when it’s time to go home, you can enjoy more modern conveniences at Summer Place.

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