Cullman County was founded by German immigrants in the 1870s. Each fall the county seat, Cullman, honors that heritage with a week-long Oktoberfest celebration. The city also hosts the state’s oldest strawberry festival each spring. The county is home to the famous tourist attraction, Ave Maria Grotto, which features miniature replicas of world-famous sites, made from found materials by a Benedictine monk. The Clarkson Covered Bridge, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the centerpiece of a park that features a working grist mill and other period structures. The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Angels Monastery are in Hanceville.