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Constitution Village transports visitors to America's early years

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Many of us celebrate our nation's birthday with cookouts and fireworks. But in Huntsville, there's a place where you can step back in time to see how life was like in America's early years. 

Huntsville may seem like an odd place for a replica of the Liberty Bell, but Susan Carr of Alabama's Constitution Village said it's actually a very fitting tribute.

"Huntsville is unique and that it all started right here. We were a temporary capital, but we were a capital nonetheless and it all started here," Carr said. 

We celebrate the birth of our nation on July 4th. But from March through October each year, the Constitution Village celebrates the birth of our state and a Constitutional Convention held right here in Huntsville nearly 200 years ago, on July 5th.

"We're a reconstruction of the year 1819, when Alabama became the 22nd state in the Union," said Carol Collins, a historical interpreter who transports visitors back to the 1800's.

Collins shows them what life was like in the United States of America's early years as a country, a lesson visitors said is needed now more than ever.

"People today, all it seems like they know is about the modern things. We need to see how it used to be done, when people first came to this country. This is really nice," said Robert McCarty, who was visiting from Missouri. 

This Independence Day and throughout the spring, summer and fall, you can step back in time to recognize the origins of freedom, right in your own backyard.

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