Historic Markers Across Alabama

Historic Viduta / Hotel Monte Sano

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: Monte Sano Blvd. at Old Chimney Rd., Huntsville
County: Madison
Coordinates: N 34° 44.616    W 086° 31.909
  34.7436    -86.53181666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Historic Viduta
"Viduta"-derived from Spanish "vida" meaning "life"

Side 1:
In a time when yellow fever, malaria, and cholera threatened, Dr. Thomas Fearn and his brothers Robert and George were drawn by the cool air and medicinal springs to establish a small colony on the northern section of Monte Sano Mountain in 1827. In 1833 the town of Viduta was officially established. This area contains a variety of architectural styles dating from the late 1800's.

Side 2:
In 1887 the North Alabama Improvement Company, with the assistance of Michael and James O'Shaughnessy, built a 233-room hotel on Monte Sano Mountain. The hotel served as a health resort and haven for industrial giants including the Vanderbilts and Astors. Guests arrived via the Monte Sano Railway which ran up the mountain. The hotel ceased operations in 1900 and was later purchased by the Garth family for their summer residence. It was demolished for salvage in 1944. All that remains of the hotel is the brick chimney on Old Chimney Road.

End of Historic Viduta / Hotel Monte Sano