Homeschool,  Travels

[FIELD TRIP] Buritt on the Mountain

We live in Nashville. My family lives in Birmingham. Last week we met half way in Huntsville for a girl’s day field trip. Buritt on the Mountain was about a 2-hour drive for each of us but it was totally worth it and easily doable in half a day.

We went on a Wednesday and practically had the place to ourselves. It was awesome! This year, they have a Gold Rush theme, which was a hit with my kiddo. At every stop there is a clue that leads you to a bowl of gold nuggets. You choose one and fill up your pouch throughout the day. They even had a gold mining station where you could find additional gold and gem stones. At the end of your adventure, you weigh your items in the post office and mail off your claim. Cool, right?

Buritt on the Mountain is an ample piece of property full of historical homes and items. In addition, they are a working farm with crops and animals. They even spin their own yarn. All of the staff were dressed in period clothing and were knowledgable about the history of the property and the items in it. I learned quite a bit just in general chit chat. Each location you visit within the venue has an age-old activity that your child can complete to get a feel of how things worked “way back when.” I was super impressed with the authenticity.

In addition to the working farm, you can also visit the Mansion of Mr. Buritt who originally owned the property. He was a homeopath with a fascinating life story and a rather unique home that’s a story all in itself. You can tour the home and garage. Certain rooms of the house have been transformed into a gem and rock gallery with exhibits that were definitely educational.  

The property is indeed at the top of a mountain in North Alabama with a gorgeous view that overlooks Huntsville. We chose to eat lunch in town but they have some spots that would be perfect to spread out a blanket and have a picnic. There are several walking/hiking trails attached to the property as well but we didn’t have time to add those to our itinerary this trip.

Overall, this place was a true gem and I would highly recommend it if you are looking for something to do as a family that’s within driving distance.

P.S. I also highly recommend the chocolate peanut butter milkshake at Cheeburger Cheeburger. Hands down, it was the best shake I have ever had. In my life!

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