Built in 1819, the same year that Alabama became a state, the Weeden House is one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the South. The house was home to several prominent residents including John McKinley, one of the three Alabama justices to have served on the US Supreme Court, before it became the birthplace and lifelong home of acclaimed poet and artist Maria Howard Weeden. Howard Weeden was born in the home in 1846, died in the home in 1905 and except for when it was requisitioned by federal officers during the Civil War; she spent her entire life in the house. Credited as being one of the first artists to paint African Americans true to life following the War Between the States, Howard Weeden is known for her watercolor paintings of freed slaves who resided in Huntsville during the Reconstruction Era and the poems that captured their stories.
On Wednesdays only in February, take a self-guided tour through the museum and experience the combined collection of the famous resident's paintings on temporary exhibit in celebration of Alabama's Bicentennial.
- February 6, 2019 - February 27, 2019
- Recurring weekly on Wednesday
- Location: 300 Gates Avenue, Huntsville, AL
- Phone: (256) 536-7718
- Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
- Price: No admission charged