Alabama: one big front porch by Kathryn Tucker Windham

By Kathryn Tucker Windham

First released in 1975 and lengthy out of print, this publication is now reissued in a good-looking re-creation. Alabama is like one large entrance porch the place parents assemble on summer time nights to inform stories. it is a sprawling porch stretching from the Tennessee River Valley to the sandy Gulf seashores. during this e-book, Mrs. Windham takes readers on a travel of the historical past, humans, and locations of the "heart of Dixie." The tales are alike of their unmistakable Southern mix of exaggeration, humor, pathos, folklore, and romanticism with kin historical past woven in.

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The next morning after these sightings, the ground around Molly's burying place would be raked clean, and a blanket of fresh flowers, the kind city florists arrange, would be covering her grave. The visits stopped five, maybe ten, years after her death. It would probably be hard to find Molly's grave now; the Page 18 wooden cross that marked it rotted years ago. But people in Bon Secour still tell the story of Dr. " Maybe that's not the most appropriate sort of tale to tell before a meal at Meme's.

Most of these stories he recorded in a book called Little Gems from Fort Morgan. He was still writing those stories when he died. Hatchett Chandler Page 14 Before he died in 1967 at the age of 85, Chandler had achieved his dream: he had helped turn the historic old fortress into one of Alabama's major tourist attractions. This feat was not accomplished without some bitter fights with assorted state authorities (Chandler had red hair and a temper to match). He made powerful enemies. Perhaps even his supporters did not realize how powerful Chandler's enemies were until the day of the old man's funeral service.

Rural dwellers have long known that, during a dry spell, it is possible to predict how many days they must wait before rain comes by counting the number of stars in the ring of light around the moon: three stars, three days before rain, or four stars, four more dry days. They say this star count is reasonably reliable. <><><><><><><><><><><><> Nature has influenced Alabama history in other ways: tornadoes, floods (the one at Cahaba in 1825 when legislators had to resort to using row boats to reach their sessions in the water-surrounded capitol prompted the removal of the state government to Tuscaloosa), hurricanes, freezes,* droughts, and such have all had an impact on the events of history.

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