Experience the town that inspired the words behind one of the most iconic pieces of 20th-Century literature and explore the hometown of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee when you fly to a jet charter airport in Monroeville, Alabama.
Situated in Monroe County in south-central Alabama, Monroeville is a small town of fewer than 6,000 people with a prized reputation as the birthplace of two of post-war America’s most famous authors: Harper Lee and Truman Capote.
As you explore the streets of Monroeville and the courthouse-turned-museum that inspired one of To Kill a Mockingbird’s key settings, you’re transported to a world and town that would be forever changed by its two most well-known citizens.
Now a hotspot for local tourism, the Monroe County Heritage Museum was built in 1903 and originally served as the Old Monroe County Courthouse. After Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird grew to national attention following its publication in 1960, the county offices moved out of the old courthouse. In 1968, a small museum opened. This part-time museum gained attention and opened full-time in 1991 to welcome the first theatre production of To Kill a Mockingbird. The attention brought with it funding, and soon a more than $2million renovation project began to restore the original courtroom.
Beyond the restored Old Monroe County Courthouse, the Monroe County Heritage Museum is also home to two permanent exhibits: Harper Lee: In Her Own Words and Truman Capote: A Childhood in Monroeville.