Located in the southwest part of the state, Monroe County is known as the literary capital of Alabama. Pulitzer Prize–winning author Nelle Harper Lee was born and raised in the town of Monroeville, which served as the inspiration for her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The county was also the home of fellow Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cynthia Tucker. Other famous writers who called Monroeville home include Mark Childress and Truman Capote. Coastal Alabama Community College’s Monroeville branch (formerly Alabama Southern Community College) is the home of the Alabama Writers’ Hall of Fame, and in May, in conjunction with a month-long production of To Kill a Mockingbird, the school conducts a major writer’s festival celebrating the state’s literary tradition. The now-abandoned site of Claiborne was home to three Alabama governors: John Gayle, John Murphy, and Arthur P. Bagby. Monroe County offers many opportunities for recreational activities. Located in the southeast part of the county, the Claude Kelley Recreational Area in Little River State Forest covers 1,200 acres and includes a 25-acre lake. The park offers visitors a range of outdoor activities, including swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, camping, and canoeing. It is popular with birders and is one of the few sites in the state that offers opportunities for disabled hunters. The Monroe County State Lake is a 94-acre lake located just west of Beatrice known for its bass, channel catfish, and bluegill fishing. Another location that is popular in Monroe County is Rikard’s Mill Historical Park includes a water-powered grist mill that has been in operation since 1845 and offers visitors re-enactments of folk traditions such as blacksmithing and cane-syrup making. With so much History that encompasses this Southern Gem in South Alabama, you’ll want to make this area your forever home!
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