Enter the Monroe County Museum, and take a step back in time. Located at 31 N Alabama Ave in the heart of Monroeville, Alabama, the Heritage Museum occupies the Old Monroe County Courthouse, best known for its association with writers, Harper Lee and Truman Capote. Currently, the museum is home to a fully restored courtroom, as well as two permanent exhibits, Harper Lee: In Her Own Words and Truman Capote: A Childhood in Monroeville.
Built in 1903 under the leadership of Monroe County Probate Judge Nicholas Stallworth, the Old Monroe County Courthouse was designed by Andrew Bryan, a prominent Southern municipal architect. With the publishing of To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960, the Monroeville courthouse garnered national attention. Three years later, the county offices moved out of the old courthouse, and in 1968, a small part-time museum opened on site. The museum opened in 1991 and underwent a $2.5 million renovation project from 1991 to 2002.