Alabama is full of hidden treasures. You can find a tiny home from the 1920s in a Fairhope parking lot, still standing nearly 100 years later. This historic hut was owned and lived in by Henry Stuart who named it Tolstoy Park. The house, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, can be visited for free and is one of the most unique things to do in Alabama.\nThe tiny home was built back in the 1920s and today it serves as a historic structure and a free Alabama attraction. Although frequently visited, not everyone knows the story behind it.\nIn 1923, Stuart moved from Idaho to Alabama after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He built Tolstoy Park as a private place to live out what he thought would be his final days.\nBut as fate would have it, Stuart lived another 22 years. The hut was frequently visited during that time. He kept a visitor's log that eventually held well over a thousand names.\nToday, he's known as the Hermit of Montrose and his home can be explored freely by visitors at no charge.\nInside you'll find a skylight, stove, bookshelf, and vintage furniture. There's also a picture of Stuart on the wall.\nView this post on Instagram The Poet A post shared by Ben Parr (@bencparr) on Apr 28, 2018 at 6:43pm PDT\nThe hut offers an unusual adventure for curious travelers. It became famous after the 2005 release of "The Poet of Tolstoy Park," a novel based on Stuart and his home.\nView this post on Instagram “If you want to be happy, be.” #leotolstoy ————————————————- Henry Stuart, an amateur poet and eccentric was told he had only a short time to live when he packed up and moved from Idaho to Fairhope, Alabama where, in 1925-26, he hand built a small, circular home he called Tolstoy Park. Stuart shed materialism for a life of contemplation and simplicity. He lived eighteen years in the hut and died at 88 years old. #southernreverie A post shared by Southern Reverie (@southernreverie) on Feb 10, 2018 at 5:23pm PST\nYou can spot the hut beneath an oak tree in a parking lot on Google Street View. There are a few benches and a small sign in front of the home.\nView this post on Instagram No better way to visit Tolstoy Park than with Sonny Brewer, the author of the novel The Poet of Tolstoy Park, and his famous terrier Bobby. #fairhopealabama #alabama #alabamawriters #thepoetoftolstoypark #sonnybrewer #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity #writinginspiration #writers #writersofthesouth #writersofinsta #novels #historicalfiction A post shared by Suzanne Roberts (@suzanneroberts28) on May 26, 2019 at 6:57pm PDT\nPut this little house on your Bama bucket list. Tolstoy Park is a window into the past, so next time you're near Fairhope, you should take a look.\nTolstoy Park Hermit Hut\nPrice: Free\nAddress: 22787 US Hwy 98, Fairhope, AL\nWhy You Need To Go: Why not? This quirky little house is a historic gem that you can explore free of charge.\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.