Historical Significance

The Grandma Home House Retreat lies along historic U.S. Hwy. 80, better known as “The Black Belt Nature Heritage Trail.” In 1540, Hernando de Soto and his fellow Spanish explorers passed through this region. Along the same trail Native American tribes thrived, the Confederacy was born, African slaves toiled and the African American Civil Rights struggle was won.

Along this Black Belt trail, and less than five miles from The Grandma Home House Retreat, stands Georgia Washington Junior High School. Originally known as the People’s Village School, Georgia Washington Junior High School was founded in 1883 by Georgia Washington, an ex-slave.
Less than 15 miles from The Grandma Home House Retreat, along this historic trail, also stands Tuskegee University, a historical black university founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881. The University’s campus has been deemed a National Historical Landmark called the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site. The site features Booker T. Washington’s home and the George Washington Carver Museum. Within this nationally historic site also lies the Tuskegee Airmen’s Visitor Center, exhibiting the stories of the first African-American airmen in the United States military. Nearby, visitors can see Moton Field, the site of basic and primary flight training for the Tuskegee Airmen.

Located in Waugh, Alabama, The Grandma Home House Retreat is also located 15 miles from Montgomery, Alabama, which is known as “Cradle of the Confederacy” and as the “Birthplace of Civil Rights.” Montgomery is home to Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church, the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, the Hank Williams Museum, the First White House of the Confederacy and the Southern Poverty Law Center, among other historical sites.


Read more about Georgia Washington Junior High School at https://bit.ly/1b4Vp1o.

Read more about The Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site at https://1.usa.gov/18oqdQm.

Read more about The Tuskegee Airmen’s Visitor Center at https://www.nps.gov/tuai/index.htm.

Read more about Montgomery, Alabama at https://1.usa.gov/Ihmk3F.


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