. has gone to the birds – well, the birdhouses, that is.
Throughout the town, you can discover over 20 brightly colored, hand-painted birdhouses.
The birdhouse trail
, modeled after Selma’s butterfly trail, celebrates the area’s artists, as well as Monroeville’s ties to Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird
Now birdhouses might seem out of place, but once you know the reasoning behind them, they’re a perfect fit.
As the town prepared to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lee’s novel, the first thought was to create wooden mockingbirds, according to Sandy Smith, executive director of Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce
, since the town is
“Home of Mockingbird.” However, her friend Crissy Nettles, proprietor of Beehive Coffee and Books, suggested something a little less complex and more stable – birdhouses. Her reasoning: birdhouses not only symbolize homes of mockingbirds, but also promoting
the town as a place to call home. It also pays homage to Monroeville’s strong timber and wood industry background.
Thus the trail
Designed by a local engineer, the birdhouses are painted by local artists and are sponsored by local businesses, organizations and schools.
An on-going project, Smith says the town is “having fun with it.”
And it also opens up a new perspective of the town.
“Monroeville has established a niche in the literary world, and now we are an up and coming, growing arts community. It’s a way to show off what else we offer to visitors.”
photo credit: courtesy of Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce