Hank Williams Boyhood Home & Museum
This is the boyhood home of one of America's most influential musicians and songwriters, particularly in country music. Hiram Williams (he eventually changed his name to Hank) was born in 1923 in Mount Olive, Alabama. His family later moved to Georgiana. He learned how to play the guitar from a local black musician Rufus Payne, who agreed to teach Hank in return for food and money. Hank quit high school to focus on music and moved to Montgomery in 1937, joining a radio station there. He married Audrey Sheppard and they remained married for almost ten years. Unfortunately, alcoholism and drug use ruined his career and ultimately killed him. On January 1, 1953, Hank died of heart failure at the age of 29. Despite his addiction struggles, he wrote 35 singles and many of them were number one on the billboard charts.