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An area resident willed to the museum her Cherokee, Hopi, Pueblo, Apache, and Seminole artifacts. Be sure to notice the collection of dioramas that were once part of a traveling medicine show and an unusual bed that belonged to local resident Granny Dollar, whose lifetime spanned more than a century. m. m. Wednesday through Friday. m. Admission: adults (ages 19 and up) $3; students (ages 7 to 18) $1; children (ages 6 and under) free. Visit Tigers for Tomorrow at Untamed Mountain For a walk on the wild side, head to Untamed Mountain, home of more than 160 animals ranging from the barnyard variety to exotic big cats.
Com. Admission: adults $12; seniors and youth $10; toddlers (ages 1 to 3) $5. Spend some time browsing through the interesting mix of boutiques, galleries, and antiques shops in Huntsville’s historic Five Points area. Then treat yourself to a spot of tea or lovely lunch at Emma’s Tea Room (256-489-5850), which occupies an early 20th-century home at 401 Pratt Avenue Northeast. Painted a buttery yellow, the house beckons with a wide front porch and hanging ferns. Former college English instructor Rebekah Klein named the business for her daughter, then seven years old.
Joseph’s on the Mountain. Be sure to notice the log structure, dating to 1826, that serves as the central portion of this unusual church. North of the church on the mountain’s brow, you’ll find Eagle’s Nest, a massive rock formation overlooking Valley Head. After exploring the village, take a drive along the area’s meandering roads. You’ll see strategically placed destination markers nailed to trees and posts at junctions—these are quite helpful because the mountain terrain can prove confusing to newcomers.