Harper Lee's Small Alabama Hometown Set To Become Major Tourist Destination
Harper Lee's lawyer is on a mission to make the beloved author's Alabama hometown a tourist destination equivalent to England's Stratford-upon-Avon. A coalition of devotees that includes her attorney, Tonja Carter, and paper mill magnate George Landegger, plan to bring the "Harper Lee Trail" to Monroeville as early as March. The proposed trail will feature a collection of new Lee-related attractions to honor her literary legacy and hopefully draw thousands of visitors to the place that inspired To Kill a Mockingbird's fictional Maycomb.
The biggest initiatives put forth by Mockingbird Company—a nonprofit founded by Lee in May 2015—include plans to refurbish the 1909 Old Monroe County Bank Building to serve as a museum dedicated to the author (who died Feb. 19 at the age of 89), as well as the construction of three homes that served as settings in To Kill a Mockingbird.
At the moment, the only major attraction in Monroeville dedicated to Lee's legacy is the old Monroe County Courthouse, which served as a basis for the courthouse in her seminal novel.
"Our mission would be to honor the literary legacy of Ms. Lee and at the same time get more people to visit Ms. Lee's Maycomb," Mockingbird Company board member Pete Black told AL.com. Black also notes that the project is still very much in its infancy. "We've got big plans, working on a big vision."