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    Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

    by Basaic Updated Apr 13, 2010

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    This park is one of four parks associated with the War of 1812. It also concerns an 1814 battle between General Andrew Jackson's 3300 member Tennessee Militia accompanied by some Creek allies and 1000 Red Stick Warriors led by the Creek Indian War Chief, Menawa. It is believed the Creek Indians originated in the Southwest but moved into the area now known as Alabama and Georgia. They displaced or absorbed several tribes and formed a loose confederation. Several European Nations vied for favor with the Creek mostly through trade and gifts. After the American Revolution they signed a treaty with the United States in 1790. They followed the program of Indian Agent Benjamin Hawkins for 20 years but there was a growing division between the Upper Creeks in Alabama who did not follow the program as much and the Lower Creek in Georgia. The Upper Creeks eventually formed a fortified enclave on the Horshoe shaped banks of the Tallapoosa River. It is here they fought the battle against General Andrew Jackson and his troops. This decisive victory for Jackson helped him win the presidency. When the battle was over, 800 of 1000 Red Sticks had died. Menawa himself was severely wounded but managed to escape. This battle brought an end to the Creek - US War.

    For full information see my Horseshoe Bend National Military Park Page.

    Visitors Center Tallapoosa River Nature Trail Main Battle Area Park Ranger
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    Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

    by Basaic Updated Apr 13, 2010

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    The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge consists of 7000 acres in several different locations in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. The refuge protects beach/seashore and maritime forest habitats. Over 370 species of birds live in, or visit, the refuge which is also home to the endangered Alabama beach mouse which lives in the sand dunes and amongst the sea oats. Mammals such as the red fox, the armadillo, and coyotes can be seen here. In addition to the preservation of these areas, the refuge offers a variety of recreational opportunities. The name of the refuge "Bon Secour" comes from the French and means "Safe Harbor", a most appropriate name for a national wildlife refuge. This used to be a popular place to enjoy the sun without clothing but it is now posted "No Nudity".

    For more information see my Bon Secour Page.

    Waterfront Area of Bon Secour NWR Visitors Center Big Bird Jeff Friend Hiking Trail Ranger Jackie
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    Tuskegee Heritage Museum

    by Basaic Updated Apr 5, 2010

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    The Tuskegee Heritage Museum is centrally located in downtown Tuskegee across the street from Tuskegee Park and a block or two from the court house. The museum has a decent collection of artifacts from the Creek Indians, and items relating to the Tuskegee Airmen, Tuskegee Institute and other historical items about the area, like an 1850s farm display. Entrance is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Entrance is gained through the Florist Shop next door. Hours are limited.

    For more information/photos see my Tuskeege Page.

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    What To Do in Tuskegee

    by Basaic Updated Apr 5, 2010

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    In addition to the National Historic Sites shown above there are other interesting things to do in the town of Tuskegee. They have a very nice court house, there is Tuskegee Park which is well-landscaped and relaxing, they also have a nice historic district. On the outskirts of town there is also Lake Tuskegee.

    For more information/photos see my Tuskeege Page.

    Macon County Court House Tuskegee Park Historic District Lake Tuskegee
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    What to Do in Bay Minette

    by Basaic Updated Apr 5, 2010

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    Bay Minette is a town in southwest Alabama with a population of around 8500 and is the county seat of Baldwin County. Baldwin County is the third oldest county in the state of Alabama. It was established in 1809 while still part of the Mississippi Territory, which is ten years prior to Alabama becoming a state in 1819. The first county seat of Baldwin County was McIntosh Bluff. The county seat was transferred to Blakeley in 1810, and then moved to the city of Daphne in 1868. In 1900, Bay Minette was designated the county seat, but the city of Daphne resisted relocation. The citizens of Bay Minette moved the county records from Daphne in the middle of the night and delivered them to the City of Bay Minette. It looked like a pretty nice town.

    There are a number of interesting, historic buildings in the downtown area, many of them near the courthouse.

    Bottle Creek Indian Mounds is an archaeological site within the Mobile-Tensaw River delta located southwest of Bay Minette. The site was occupied between 1250 and 1550 AD, by the Mississippian culture. It is located on Mound Island in the Mobile-Tensaw River delta and includes 18 earthen mounds, the tallest being roughly 45 feet high. I did not see the actual site but a monument to its declaration as a National Historic Landmark.

    For more information/photos see my Bay Minette Page.

    Baldwin County Courthouse Veterans' Memorial Historic District Bottle Creek Site
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    What to do In Geneva

    by Basaic Updated Apr 5, 2010

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    Geneva is a small town in southern Alabama and is the county seat of Geneva County. My brother-in-law grew up here. I enjoyed my visit here, but there is a limited number of things to do here. Look at the Geneva County Courthouse and the grounds.

    For more information and photos see my Geneva Page.

    Geneva County Courthouse UH-1 Huey Veterans Memorial
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    What to do on Dauphin Island

    by Basaic Updated Apr 5, 2010

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    Dauphin Island is where Mobile Bay, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Gulf of Mexico all come together. It was a pretty area and seemed fairly laid back. Fort Gaines is located on the eastern most part of the island.

    For more information and photos see my Dauphin Island Page.

    Dauphin Island City Hall Beach on the Gulf of Mexico Estuarium Picnic Area Shell Moung Hiking Trail
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    What to do at Bellingrath Gardens

    by Basaic Written Apr 5, 2010

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    Bellingrath Gardens and Home was the creation of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bellingrath. They first opened the grounds to the public in 1932 while a national garden club meeting was taking place in Mobile. Mr. Bellingrath placed an ad in the Mobile paper, announcing that anyone who would like to see the spring garden could do so free of charge. After an overwhelming response, the couple decided to keep the gardens open year-round, beginning in 1934. The 65 acre garden is in full bloom with camellias in the winter, azaleas in the spring, roses in the summer, chrysanthemums in autumn and Magic Christmas in Lights during the holiday season. Stop at the visitors center, pay the entrance fee of $19 for both the home and gardens, and get the self-guided tour brochure. One of the interesting stops on the tour is the 2004 Top Public Rose Garden in the U.S. Also walk along the Bayou Boardwalk, marvel at Mirror Lake, and view the Asian-American Gardens (one of my favorites). Tour the Bellingrath Home, complete with its original furnishings and Mrs. Bellingrath’s extensive collection of decorative arts. The home was built in 1935 based on a design by prominent architect George B. Rogers. The home is 10,500 square feet in size. You can also take a 45-minute cruise along the Fowl River aboard the Southern Belle. Photography is prohibited on the home tour.

    For more information/photos see my Theodore Page.

    Bellingrath Home Fowl River Mermaid Fountain Coca Cola Memorabilia Flowers
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    What to do at Fort Morgan

    by Basaic Updated Apr 5, 2010

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    Fort Morgan was established in 1834 at the mouth of Mobile Bay. The fort was named for Revolutionary War hero Daniel Morgan. Many regard Fort Morgan as one of the "finest examples of military architecture in the New World." Fort Morgan is at the tip of Mobile Point at the western end of Alabama Highway 180. It and Dauphin Island, on which Fort Gaines is situated, enclose Mobile Bay. The Alabama Historical Commission maintains the site. The fort was very interesting to tour. There is a checkpoint along the entrance road where you will stop and pay the entrance fee of $5 per adult. Stop at the museum across from the entrance to the fort to check out the displays and to get a brochure that guides you through the fort and explains what you are seeing. Hours are 8 AM to 7 PM April through October and 8 AM to 5 PM November through March. The museum is open 9 AM to 5 PM.

    For more information see my Fort Morgan Page.

    Entrance to Fort Morgan Museum Sally Port Big Ditch Museum Display
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    What to do in Brewton

    by Basaic Written Apr 5, 2010

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    Brewton, Alabama is located in the southern part of the state not far from the Florida border. It is the county seat of Escambia County and has a population of about 6000. My visit started off badly with a substandard motel and an average restaurant; but soon improved. As I explored the dopwntown area I met a few nice people and had a couple of good conversations. I liked the courthouse and the Historic District. One thing I wanted to do but did not get the chance was to visit the Thomas E. McMillan Museum housed on the campus of the Jefferson Davis Community College.

    For more information see my Brewton Page.

    Escambia County Courthouse (New) Escambia County Courthouse (Old) Historic Main Street Veterans Memorial
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    Gulf State Park

    by Basaic Updated Apr 5, 2010

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    Gulf State Park consists of 6150 acres located in the city of Gulf Shores on the gulf coast of Alabama. It boasts 2 miles of beautiful beaches with fine white sand, surf to play in, lots of sun to enjoy, seagulls to watch and shells to collect, and lots of other activities. Gulf State Park has modern and primitive camping, cottages, trails and fishing from the new fishing pier. There is also tennis, group pavilions, an 18-hole golf course, a 900 acre lake for fishing, swimming, and water skiing, nature programs and picnic areas. There is even free Wi-fi at the activity center in the campground. Hours are 7 AM to sundown for the day-use areas and the fishing pier is open 24 hours/7 days a week. Admission to the fishing pier is $2.

    For more information and photos see my Gulf State Park Page.

    Beach Visitors Center/Snack Bar Fishing Pier Sand Dunes
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    What To Do in Dadeville

    by Basaic Written Aug 21, 2009

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    Dadeville is a pleasant little town along US Highway 280 near the intersection with Alabama Highway 49 which leads to the Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. As the county seat it is also the home of the Tallapoosa County Courthouse. This is one of the newer court houses in the state, having been completed in 1962, but it is still fairly pretty. There is also a Veteran's Memorial located in the County Court House Square.

    There are several buildings surrounding the court house square that are historic and much older than the court house itself. Probably most noteworthy is the Tallapposa County Bank Building which was built in 1894.

    Johnson J. Hooper is a kind of favorite son of Dadeville. He was born in North Carolina but moved to Dadeville, Alabama where he became a newspaper editor and a lawyer. He was also a Secretary of the Confederate Congress. Hooper published the "Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs" one of the raciest books of the time, in 1845. It was described as "broadly, cruelly, and uncouthly humorous".

    For more information see my Dadeville Page.

    Tallapoosa County Court House Veteran's Memorial Historic District
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    Chewacla State Park

    by Basaic Written Aug 21, 2009

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    The main attraction to the park is the 26 acre lake. It has one stream feeding into it and one coming out of it. There is a nice swimming area, paddle boats for rent, and you can also fish for bass, catfish, bream and crappie. Entrance is $2 (weekdays) and $3 (weekends) for adults and $1 for seniors and children 6 to 11. There are also 4 group pavilions in the park if you are going there with a large group. They cost from $50 to $100.

    There are several hiking trails throughout the 696 acre park. The one the ranger recommended, and that I hiked, was the trail to the falls. It was fairly short but steep at times and had rough footing. The falls was kinda nice though. Don't forget the bug repellant.

    For more information see my Chewacla State Park Page.

    Chewacla Lake Chewacla Lake Swimming Area Chewacla Falls Paddle Boats
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    Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site

    by Basaic Updated Aug 21, 2009

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    Another important piece of American History is commemorated by the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site located inside the town limits. This place of higher learning was started in 1881 by a former slave and a former slave owner and was dedicated to the education of the freed slaves. Today it is still dedicated to the furtherance of the education of African Americans. The site includes the George W. Carver Museum and The Oaks, home of Booker T. Washington. It is located on the campus of Tuskegee Unversity. The park is open daily from 9 AM to 4:30 PM except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Admission is free. To schedule a tour of the George W. Carver Museum or The Oaks (Booker T. Washington's home), call Shirley Baxter at (334) 727-3200.

    Photo 1 is the Historic Quadrangle of Tuskegee University, this is considered the heart of the campus. Photo 2 is the George Washington Carver Museum. Photo 3 is "The Oaks" the home of Booker T. Washington. Photo 4 is Carnegie Hall, named for Andrew Carnegie who donated lots of money to the school. Carnegie Hall served as the schools library for many years. Photo 5 is Tompkins Hall, which served as the school's dining hall and social center.

    For more information see my Tuskegee Page.

    Historic Quadrangle George Washington Carver Museum Booker T. Washington Home Carnegie Hall Tompkins Hall
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    Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

    by Basaic Updated Aug 21, 2009

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    Your first stop at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site should be the Visitors Center. Here you can get a park brochure and information on how to best enjoy the site. The site is located on the outskirts of town. During World War II this location served as the site for an "experiment" to train African Americans as military pilots. Many of the pilots proved themselves to be fine pilots and true patriots. The approximately 15,000 people who trained as pilots and support personnel became known as the Tuskegee Airmen and are honored at this site. The Visitors Center is open 9 AM to 4:30 PM daily. Admission is free.

    The main museum for the site is located in Hangar #1. There are other hangars and some aircraft to see too.

    For more information see my Tuskegee Page.

    Visitors Center Hangar 1 Museum Visitor Center Hangars Plane
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