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Road Trip II 2011: Eufaula, Alabama...Pretty Antebellum Town

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Road Trip II 2011: Eufaula, Alabama...Pretty Antebellum Town

Pardon the glare, I had the window down on the driver's side, but not the passenger's side of the car.
On this last trip, I changed things up and bit and took US Route 231/431 up the eastern border of Alabama.  This took us through Dothan, AL and Columbus, GA.  In the past we've gone through Montgomery, AL to head towards I-85.

About halfway through this north-south route was a town called Eufaula, Alabama, which sits on a gorgeous lake that straddles the Alabama/Georgia border.  The Wikipedia link will describe the town's antebellum and post-Reconstruction wealth, and this was evident in how gorgeous this town is.  Luckily, the town was (barely) spared during the American Civil War.  This visitor's guide has more information about the town's history, and how the surrender at Appomatox might have spared the beautiful homes!

Not only are there the beautiful buildings and impeccable landscaping, but the lake that winds through the town makes it a popular vacation spot for southern sportsmen.  I saw so many boats and RVs traveling up and down US 231/431, likely headed for Lake Eufaula (also known as Walter F. George Lake, named after a Georgia Senator, so it's mainly those on the Georgia side who give it the latter name).

Eufaula hosts a traditional Southern pilgrimage every spring, I'd be interested in heading up there and touring some of the historic homes.

When driving north last Wednesday through the town, I was delighted at how beautiful it was.  I made a plan to drive r-e-a-l s-l-o-w down N. Eufaula Street on the return trip on Sunday with my arm out the window with the camera.  That's precisely what I did.  Enjoy these pictures I took...the traffic was very light and I was able to go about 15 mph down N. Eufaula Street.

The streets are lined with live oaks and beautiful local flowers.

I want to live here :-)

Shorter Mansion is a museum.

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At Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 6:25:00 PM CDT , Blogger Don Miller said...

You are now in my old turf. Many times I went to Eufaula and I always thought it was the most beautiful town in Alabama. Sitting up on the hill overlooking the river and lake. One spring in the early 80s I did do the Southern pilgrimage and toured some of the homes. I hope to do so again, and I encourage you to do it. You will be transported to a different time.

Thanks for bring back some happy memories.

At Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 6:43:00 PM CDT , Blogger Major Mom said...

I'll definitely try to make it up in 2012 or 2013. Won't be here after that...


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