Back in 2013 I was living in Huntsville, Alabama, moving there from Orlando after my father’s death. I had no friends. I joined the only Meetup group that applied to me but soon felt ostracized and abandoned it. I tried starting my own Meetup group, which I called Flappers and Philosophers (after the Fitzgerald book). I scheduled a meeting but no one showed up. It was a very long two years spent in Alabama, however, there was one highlight – The Fitzgerald Museum.
Situated about three hours south of Huntsville in Montgomery, Alabama, The F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum bills itself as “the only dedicated museum to the lives and legacies of F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald in the world.” Discovering this, I headed down as soon as I was able. All the photos in this post are from that trip in October 2013.
The house, located at 919 Felder Avenue, served as home to the Fitzgeralds from 1931 to spring 1932. During this time he worked on Tender is the Night and she on her only novel, Save Me The Waltz. Originally built in 1909, it was turned into apartments after the Fitzgeralds left. Forgotten about, it was to be demolished in 1986 when the McPhillips bought and donated it to be a museum. Since I visited they have continued to grow, turning part of the house into an Airbnb. You can now stay in the Zelda Suite, or the Scott Suite. Both are themed appropriately and look fantastic. If for any reason I’m ever in the area again one of these would absolutely be my first choice.
If you’re a huge Fitzgerald fan like I am, check out their online store, which has some great, unique pieces. They also host a literary contest, do special events, and have a podcast entitled Zelda’s Peaches and Biscuits. Pretty cool stuff.