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The Red Hills: Touring Monroe County

Rikard's Mill located near Beatrice, Alabama

This north Monroe County tour takes you through several picturesque villages and the Rikard’s Mill History Park. Leave Monroeville on State Highway 21 North. As you leave Courthouse Square on State Highway 21 North, note the turn- of-the-century homes on your left, also, the Monroe County Public Library, which is in the restored LaSalle Hotel, […]

A Visit to Alabama’s Historic Black Belt

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Looking for a new place to explore? Visit one of the oldest and most historic parts of Alabama: the Black Belt of Southwest Alabama. There’s much to see and do–and it is close enough to make the trip with less than a tank of gas. Here’s a simple, one, two or three night getaway into […]

The Culinary Trail of Southwest Alabama

From pork chops and fried okra to shrimp and grits, you'll find food you'll fall in love with!

Food is creativity for rural  southerners. The raw ingredients are there at hand. There is instant gratification for both the cook and the recipients of her bounty. Food is the language everybody speaks and understands. Discovering the hidden culinary gems of Rural Southwest Alabama is an adventure in itself.  This is a sampler of the […]

Ghost Trail

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The Ghosts of the Black Belt: visit any town in Alabama and you will most likely hear a local ghost story. You will hear stories of civil war soldiers, haunted riverboats, spectral visitors at university campuses and many tales of apparitions that either met an early or unwarranted death. Learn more about our ghost stories […]

Gainesville, Alabama Historic District

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The town of Gainesville was incorporated in 1838. It grew rapidly as a commercial center and cotton shipping port on the Tombigbee River. As trains replaced steamboats in commercial transportation, the town’s lack of rail connections contributed to its decline in the late 19th century. Take time to explore the many historic sites in this […]