Arts & Culture

Historic Downtown Northport

Historic Downtown Northport is a must see for every visitor to the area. Settled in the early 19th century, the area boasts a collection of art galleries, stores, museums, and quaint restaurants. Tourists will find the brick street, ornate lighting, landscaping, and other amenities picturesque. Many of the merchants are descendants of some of the original business owners and builders. One can hardly miss the old wooden train trestle which serves as a major landmark to this area.

Historic Downtown Northport

Kentuck Arts & Craft Center

Located at 503 Main Avenue, the Kentuck Arts and Craft Center is located in a two story masonry building built in 1920 for a mercantile business. The center, which is headquarters for the annual Kentuck Festival, also serves as studios for seven artists and employs six people.

Kentuck Gallery Building

Northport Heritage Museum

Located at 1991 Park St, the museum was originally a 1907 Victorian home.  Exhibits and photographs tell the history of Northport from Native American history up to today.  It is open the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 10am – 1pm or by appointment.

Northport Heritage Museum

Maxwell-Peters Home (MPH)

Listed on the Alabama Historical Commission Register of Landmarks and Heritage, it is in its 4th generation of family ownership. A previous owner of the English Cottage Orné with coordinated trellis columns was an American Legion founding member. MPH is booked for weddings, parties, meetings, etc. and is open during Dickens and Kentuck. 

Maxwell-Peters Home

The Shirley-Christian Home

The Shirley-Christian Home, located at 512 Main Avenue, was built in the 1840s by James Shirley, an early Tuscaloosa County builder who in the 1850s erected the first brick commercial buildings in Northport. The house was the home of one of Northport's earliest families - the Christians. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the federal raised cottage is made of handmade brick.

Shirley Christian Home
Map of Historic Downtown showing Places of Interest