The Ridge Interpretive Center grand opening was held in May, 2012. The Center is an 800-square-foot facility that houses a permanent interpretive exhibit of local history and temporary exhibits. Since the grand opening, we have added outdoor deck space that allows for accommodation of large groups, weather permitting.
A feature of the Interpretive Center is the floor mural in the main exhibit area that was conceptualized and painted by noted artist Dr. Ronald McDowell. Dr. McDowell's colorful interpretation of the sights one might have witnessed along the Federal Road during the pioneer era is a delight to the imagination.
We depend on private donations to lease and operate the Interpretive Center.
We host school field trips and develop educational onsite and classroom resources.
Our exhibits are designed for instruction and reflection about the past, present, and future.
We host the annual Old Federal Road Storytelling Festival on-site at the Interpretive Center. The festival is the first and only festival dedicated to the history of the Old Federal Road in Alabama.