Follow The Hank Williams Trail To Hank Williams Boyhood Home, The Hank Williams Museum, And Oakwood Cemetery Annex

    Williams was born in rural Alabama in 1923, and died at the age of 29 while en route to an out-of-state performance. During his short lifetime, he wrote and recorded a string of hit songs which are still recorded by artists around the world today. Now travelers can visit sites where Hank grew up, attended church, sold peanuts as a boy, gave his first public performances, and more in the 20-page brochure, produced by ABTT Assistant Art Director Tommy Cauthen.

    ABTT Director Lee Sentell said his agency produced the brochure because the Alabama artist had a tremendous impact on American music. “His music spoke to common people whose voice had not been widely heard before Hank came along,” Sentell said. “Williams’s music expressed their everyday struggles, sorrows and joy.”

    Among the destinations to discover along the Hank Williams Trail are the Hank Williams Boyhood Home in Georgiana, the Baptist Church in Mount Olive where Hank sang as a child, the Ritz Theater in Greenville where he performed, the Andalusia garage where he married Audrey, and the cabin at Kowaliga on Lake Martin where he composed the song about the famous wooden Indian. There are several sites in Montgomery are highlighted, including the Hank Williams Museum, City Hall where his funeral was held and the Oakwood Cemetery Annex where he is buried.

    Located in the heart of downtown Montgomery at 118 Commerce Street is tribute to one of the most revered and loved country music writers and performers; The Hank Williams Museum. Country fans will find one of the most complete collections of Hank Williams' Memorabilia at the Hank Williams Museum. Included within this expressive collection are over 35 Showcases filled with Hank Williams personal artifacts. Fashion fans can view 13 Of Hank Williams' Suits Made By: Nudie's Of Hollywood, Kenilworth, Royal Award, Hart Schaffner & Marx, All From Joseph Frank & Sons In Nashville, Kingsrideg From The HUB In Montgomery, AL., Brown And Tan Jacket Leather From Hank & Audrey's Corral.

    Also included at the Hank Williams Museum are Boots, Ties, Overcoats, Hats, Horse Saddle, Piano, 1947 Gibson Guitar, Rickenbacher Lap Steel, Microphone and Stand Hank Used His Last Performance, Blue Suede Shoes, Brief Case, Suit Case, Gun, Shaving Kit, Slippers, Shoe Shine Box, Camera, Fiddle, 1939 Sidney Lanier High School Year Book, Hank Jr's First Cowboy Boots And Scout Hats, Signed Programs And Books, Sheet Music, Song Books, And More.

    Classic cars lovers will enjoy Hank's 1952 Baby Blue Cadillac, and then there are the amazing collection of Hank Williams Autographed Records, Platinum Records, Awards And Proclamations, 4 Sterling Records, Albums, 78 RPM Records, 45 RPM Records, 16 Inch Record And Box Sets, and the 1952 Gibson steel guitar from Don Helms.

    In Mid Sept Hank Williams Birthday is celebrated with many festivities that take place throughout the area. During the events there will be plenty of music, entertainment, and fun for all. Also among the activities related to this country legend is a visit to his grave site at Oakwood Cemetery Annex, and the Hank Williams Museum, located at 118 Commerce St. 

    By Melody Schubert

    Getting There:

    Learn more about the Hank Williams Trail via this link http://alabama.travel/trails/hank-williams-trail.

    The Hank Williams Museum is open Monday-Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm - 4:00pm. These hours are subject to change. 

    To learn more about Hank Williams events, Alabama attractions, and trip planning options for your trip to Alabama visit the Alabama Department of Tourism at http://www.alabama.travel/

     

    Photo Credits: Hank Williams Museum