5 things you need to check out in Huntsville’s Blossomwood neighborhood, including Maple Hill Cemetery

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Leslie Sotoudehnia, left, gave me the lowdown on Blossomwood. (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

When was the last time you took a drive through Huntsville’s Blossomwood neighborhood? If it’s been awhile, you should give it another visit—we’ve got five things you don’t want to miss while you’re there.

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Defining the neighborhood

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Get the info from an expert. (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

We spoke with RealtySouth agent Leslie Sotoudehnia to get the lowdown on Blossomwood.

First, the boundaries of the neighborhood. Generally, “Blossomwood” refers to the area

  • South of Maple Hill Cemetery
  • East of California Street
  • West of Monte Sano
  • North of Governor’s Drive

Here’s what locals love most about the area:

1. Good eats

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Authentic German cuisine, coming right up. (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

Though there aren’t any restaurants in Blossomwood proper, several Huntsville favorites are just minutes away, including:

2. Community events

Fall is the best time to be in Blossomwood, and not only for the great seasonal home decor + beautiful changing trees. The neighborhood is perhaps best known for the Blossomwood Witches Ride, which takes place at 4PM on Saturday, October 29 this year.

Neighborhood women dress in their best witchy costumes and deck out their “brooms” (bikes) with spirited decor, all to raise funds for the Blount Hospitality House. The ride starts at Blossomwood Elementary School.

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3. Maple Hill Cemetery

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Have you visited Maple Hill Cemetery? (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

One of Alabama’s oldest cemeteries is found right here in Huntsville. Maple Hill Cemetery was founded in 1822 and is still an active cemetery today, 200 years later.

Many notable Huntsville figures are buried there, including:

  • Clement Comer Clay, former Alabama governor, U.S. Senator + U.S. Representative
  • LeRoy Pope, the “Father of Huntsville”
  • Priscilla Holmes Drake, suffragist
  • Don Mincher, Major League Baseball player

The cemetery gates are open 7AM-4PM Monday-Friday, and the spot is perfect for a midday downtown stroll.

4. Three Caves

Three Caves is one of Huntsville’s most stunning natural landmarks. Now managed by the Land Trust of North Alabama as part of the Monte Sano Nature Preserve, the caves are all that’s left of the Madison Limestone Company’s limestone mine, which was active from 1945-1952.

Though rock fall issues have rendered the caves themselves no longer safe for local explorers, the Three Caves Loop Trail provides a beautiful birds-eye view of the spot. And, the Land Trust regularly hosts events at the base of the caves, including concerts and fundraisers.

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5. Proximity to downtown + more

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Reach out to Leslie for the insight you need. (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

Blossomwood is a quiet neighborhood with all the conveniences of downtown living. It’s only

  • 3 minutes from Huntsville Hospital
  • 5 minutes from Courthouse Square
  • 11 minutes from Monte Sano State Park
  • 12 minutes from Redstone Arsenal Gate 8
  • 20 minutes from Research Park

Is Blossomwood the place for you? Reach out to RealtySouth at 256.489.0364 for help finding your next Huntsville-area home.

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