Discoveries America

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  • Dauphin Island is the gateway to the latest "Discoveries America" documentary featuring the state of Alabama.
  • History buffs can learn about Fort Gaines (Damn the torpedoes - full speed ahead!)
  • Nature lovers can explore the sandy beaches, estuaries of the island and the heronry, home of many nesting Great Blue Herons.
  • Offshore, oystermen have been working the gulf for generations, bringing in an important harvest and component of the local economy.
  • Sea Lab, the marine science and education center, is home to the Estuarium, a place where visiting students get their feet wet exploring the marine environment and local researchers study jellyfish and sea grass.
  • Mobile is an historic city with stately ante bellum mansions, like the Bragg Mitchell home.
  • The original Mardi Gras city now has its own Carnival Museum.
  • Further north is Selma, a town internationally recognized as ground zero for the voting rights movement of 1965. The Museum of Voting Rights explains the history of the foot soldiers who marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, all the way to Montgomery, in the fight to secure the Voting Rights Act.
  • The rolling hills of northern Alabama are home to a variety of outdoor pursuits, among them, the sport of raccoon hunting. Coon dog training is serious business here, so much so that the only coon dog cemetery in the world is located here.
  • At the Mt. Top Flea Market outside of Atalla, over 100 acres of vendors sell just about anything under the sun.
  • Ave Maria Grotto is located on the grounds of a Benedictine monastery. For several decades one of the monks labored to create an unusual display of miniature scale models of unique architectural buildings from around the world. 

DVDDAAL REVIEW: Discoveries America, Alabama
"Takes viewers on a visually eye-popping trip deep into 'The Heart of Dixie' to visit a state rich in cultural, natural, and social histories. In fact, nowhere is this multifaceted smorgasbord more evident than in Mobile, where the cultural history of Mardi Gras (first site), natural history of marine biological preservation, and social history of pre-Civil War homes combine to make this a perfect all-in-one city to tour. Further inland, viewers will discover the eclectic Flea Market of Atalla and the incredible miniature religious structures of the Ave Maria Grotto located on the grounds of a Benedictine monastery.

In addition, contemporary civil rights history is preserved in the once explosive city of Selma, where blood was spilled and lives were lost in the ultimately successful effort to enforce the 1964 Voting Rights Act. Sure to be popular, both titles are definitely recommended for travel collections. "

(Discoveries America Gulf Coast States 6 DVD collection includes 5% discount: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Condensed version also available with 6 DVD's in a single case.)