Located between Montevallo and Alabaster, the American Village Citizenship Trust is home a one-of-a-kind tulip festival. We visited the Festival of Tulips to learn more!
A Montevallo Tradition
The Festival of Tulips began in 2017, when the CEO of the American Village, Tom Walker, was challenged in coming up with an idea to bring more visitors during the spring season.
Inspired by a vintage town in Haymarket, Virginia, Walker worked with the American Village to recreate Burnside Farms’ pick your own tulips farm here in Alabaster. It also inspired by the Dutch tulip festival in Amsterdam.
According to Melanie Poole, the director of marketing and communications at the American Village, Walker “thought that the blooming flowers would complement the campus of historically-inspired buildings.”
Some visitors are locals, including University students, while some visitors travel from other parts of the state to experience the festival and would not have visited the American Village otherwise.
The tulips draw in around 3,000 to 4,000 visitors annually, and the visitors did not diminish with the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Admiring the Tulips from a Safe Social Distance
The American Village has adjusted the festival to account for COVID-19 safety precautions. Guests are asked to wear masks and social distance while enjoying the festival. There is also contactless card payment and no cash transactions.
People who attended the festival were also welcome to participate in the American Village’s daily programming, titled “The Liberty Experience,” which educated them on the history of the nation. The campus also holds Randall Museum and National Veterans shrine.
With a variety of tulips to choose from, visitors were able to take home bunches of blooms as well as enjoy
“Today was such a beautiful day. Thie festival was such a great way to start spring,” Audrey Scott, a resident of Hoover, said.
University students have also attended the festival as they begin to enjoy the start of the warm weather.
Bell Jackson, a junior at the University, attended the festival with friends and took advantage of the aesthetic blooms in her photography.
Other University groups like sports teams and Greek organizations have also partaken in the festival as a fun bonding activity.
While the American Village’s “The Liberty Experience” is closed to the public due to the pandemic, the festival is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5.