A Tour of Wilcox County’s Arts and Culture
The Quilt Collection here is the headquarters of the internationally famous Gee’s Bend quilters – they have shown their quilts as art in museums around the world. ($$) Meet the quilters to hear them tell their inspiring stories and a mini concert of their traditional songs/ You will be amazed at the humble surroundings and the stories of how the quilts they made to keep their families warm, turned into great art.
http://www.geesbendferry.com/ (From Gee’s Bend take the Ferry ($$) to Camden) 20 minute ride that will allow you to see the natural beauty of the area.
Lunch at Gaines Ridge (antebellum home)
Featured in Alabama Tourism’s “100 Places to Eat in Alabama before you die.”
Special Southern Sampler buffets are available for groups of 25 or more. The owner is a quilter in her own right, she will be happy to show you some of her work – it is an entire different style than those features at Gee’s Bend. Gaines Ridge is haunted – the owner will share with you her ghost “truth” of her own experience of her encounter with the ghost. http://www.wilcoxwebworks.com/gr/index.htm
Black Belt Treasures
300 local artists featured with everything from paintings to pottery, jewelry, books, food and unique crafts such as John Sheffie’s hand -made duck decoys – art demo can be scheduled for groups as well as instructional classes ($$)