A Tour of Wilcox County’s Arts and Culture

Located in Wilcox County | What you’ll find: Arts & Culture | Shopping | Trips

Gee’s Bend 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 co …

Atticus Finch Monument at Old Courthouse in Monroeville, AL

Located in Monroe County | What you’ll find: Arts & Culture | Historical

Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was born and raised in Monroeville, AL. The fictional town of Maycomb is modeled on Monroeville.  Atticus Finch, the central character in To Kill a Mockingbird, is a lawyer …

Birding Backbone Creek

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The many blocks of the David K. Nelson Wildlife Management Area offer some exceptional birding opportunities. One of our favorites is Backbone Creek in southernmost Greene County. It’s located just a few miles northeast of Demopolis and provides easy access to the backwaters of the Black Warrior River and Lake Demopolis.

Birding Chickasaw State Park

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Off the Porch with Judy and Don Self The 12th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, our 4-day mid-winter avian scavenger hunt was great fun. At last count, our species total was 70 for Gallion. The weather was great as usual and the birds were for the most …

Birding Haines Island Park, Monroe County

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For a variety of habitats in a compact area, it’s hard to beat the US Corps of Engineers Haines Island Park. Whether you’re inclined to drive, hike, canoe or kayak, Haines Island offers a fantastic opportunity to observe nature in a unique setting. Birding can be spectacular in April and May as Neotropical migrants pause to refuel in the luxuriant hardwoods of the park. The summer months offer over 100 species of breeding birds. Fall again funnels large numbers of migrants through the park. And the thick undergrowth along the lake margins shelter large flocks of finches and sparrows in winter.

Birding Old Lock 1 Park & Bashi Creek

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With spring migration winding down and the breeding season in full swing, May is a great time to bird southwest Alabama’s floodplain forests. Two of our favorites are Old Lock 1 Park and Bashi Creek Public Use Area. Both are maintained by the US Corps of Engineers. Management Rd, Demopolis, AL 36732; phone: 334-289-3540 and both provide excellent access to the backwaters of the Tombigbee River.

Birding the Bells Landing Park and Tallatchee Creek

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Off The Porch with Judy and Don Self Bells Landing Park is another of our favorite places to bird and critter watch. This is another site along the Alabama River that offers a variety of habitats in a compact area. It is easily birded on foot, but putt …

Black Belt Birding Trip from the Audubon Society

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On Saturday, July 31, 2010  the Birmingham Audubon Society embarked on its second birding trip to the Black Belt region of Alabama, finding some of the birds we encountered last Saturday while adding a few new delights to make this trip equally memorab …

Black Belt Treasures

Located in Wilcox County | What you’ll find: Arts & Culture | Shopping

Black Belt Treasures is a non-profit economic development program marketing high quality products from the Black Belt region. The Black Belt takes its name from a band of rich black soil that stretches across south central Alabama. The region first pro …

Choctaw County Historical Museum

Located in Choctaw County | What you’ll find: Arts & Culture | Historical | Museum

The Choctaw County Historical Museum is located beside the Town Park at downtown Gilbertown, AL.  The main building of the museum contains all types of displays that illustrate how life was in earlier times.  Behind the main museum is another building …

Choctaw County Lodging

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Hotels and Motels Reid’s Motel (205) 459-2812 811 S Mulberry Ave, Butler, AL 36904 Cross Streets: Near the intersection of S Mulberry Ave and Norton St Western Inn (205) 459-4700 104 Vanity Fair Ave, Butler, AL 36904 Cross Streets: Between AL-10/Picken …

Christmas Traditions in Evergreen, Alabama

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No one is left out in Evergreen Alabama when it comes to celebrating Christmas—from your companion animals, children, and the elderly citizens, there is something for everyone to enjoy. My favorites include The Christmas Journey—a live nativity scene presented by the members of the Community of Christ Church on the corner of Rural and Martin Streets a block from Historic Downtown Evergreen one weekend out of the month of December. The church members dress up as members of that Nativity scene of long-ago with live animals; visitors can drive by or park and get out and walk along the sidewalk with luminaries lighting their way. This is a project in which the church members give back to their community—a gift to Evergreen—every year.

Clarke County Lodging

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Hotels – Jackson Best Western 3218 N College Ave – Jackson, AL 251-246-6030 Mike Shows – Owner Downtown Inn 3207 N College Ave – Jackson, AL 251-246-5741 Mike Shows – Owner Royal Inn 3682 N College Ave – Jackson, AL 251-246-4340 Harry Gandhi- Owner Ham …

Conecuh County Lodging

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Hotels and Motels Comfort Inn, Evergreen This Comfort Inn is located approximately five miles from Hank Williams Memorial Park and 80 miles from Dannelly Field Airport. It’s also five miles from Evergreen City Park, 12 miles from Burndt Corn, and 25 mi …

Dallas County Lodging

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Hunting Lodges Tatum Creek Alabama’s Finest Deer Hunting Located in the heart of the famous Black Belt Region in Central Alabama, Tatum Creek Hunting Camp offers a great Alabama Whitetail Deer Hunt on over 6,000 acres of intensively managed and family …

Dining Around Rural Southwest Alabama

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Note: These are travelers’ favorites. Tell us what you liked where and why you liked it. Leave a comment here or send us a message. Check back frequently, as we’ll be updating the dining section regularly in the coming weeks. Ezell’s (Lavaca) – Famous catfish for generations. Listed in 100 Places to Eat Before You Die for their hushpuppies. Fried dill pickles and blooming onions are good. Their coleslaw is the local standard for good slaw. Located on the river in a 200 year old log cabin as the central building. Walls are covered with stuffed game heads.

FOOD & FUN IN THE BLACK BELT

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Travel the back roads of Alabama for some Southern country cooking and unusual places, places with a history of ghosts and legends, of tall tales that might have occurred as well as happenings beyond belief that are, in fact, historic fact.

Fooling Folks into the Black Belt

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A group of tourists from Michigan recently visited: they traveled through Selma and walked across the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge that is the landmark of the Voting Rights Movement. From there, it was on to Gees Bend and then to Black Belt Treasures before dinner at Gaines Ridge.

Gee’s Bend Quilt Collective Building

Located in Wilcox County | What you’ll find: Arts & Culture

Located in Gee’s Bend, home of the famous Quilters of Gee’s Bend.  Nestled into a curve of the Alabama River, Gee’s Bend was once the site of large cotton plantations owned by Joseph Gee and Mark Pettway.  The women of Gee’s Bend developed a distinctiv …

Ghost Trail

Located in Dallas, Perry, Wilcox County | What you’ll find: Arts & Culture | Trips

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 and watch video interviews and tales.

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