Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hometown Tour - Union Springs, Alabama

by Valerie

Hello Everyone,

Today’s tour takes us to Union Springs Alabama other wise known as the Serendipity Center of the South! Located an hour from Montgomery it is indeed a small jewel in our wonderful state.

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Union Springs is the county seat of Bullock County. It was formed in 1832 when families started moving into the area after a bitter war between the White settlers and the Creek Indians. The building of two major railroads made it a busy commerce hub. Many residents became very wealthy due to this.

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Union Springs has 6 public schools and 1 private school. The public schools include 2 elementary schools, 1 middle school, a high school, automotive school and vocational school. The private school grades range from K4 – 12th grade.

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If you are someone that enjoys older homes Union Springs is loaded with them. You can take a virtual tour here. The link will take you to a web site that shows all the old buildings in town. Including all of the beautiful historic homes. Like this one:

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Built in 1843 the Bonus- Foster-Chapman house is one of the oldest homes in town. Moorish Revival style it is one of the finest surviving plantations in Alabama. This town is loaded with homes like this. There is even a ghost house.

kellerhouse (1)The Keller- Williams House is home to the towns most active ghost. It was built in 1903-1904 this beautiful Queen Anne home definitely has history!

If you are a sportsman this is the place to be. There are several sportsman's clubs in the area. The Greenway Sportsman Club, Shenandoah Plantation and The Master Rack Lodge. Deer, turkey, hog and fishing – a sportsman’s paradise.

Annual events in Union Springs include the Veterans Day Celebration and the Bird Dog Field Trials. Union Springs hosts the largest in the country national Amateur Free-For-All Championship in February. Bird Dog Field Trials begin in October and last until March. It is a long tradition that started in the early 1900’s, owners and hunters from all=2 0around the world come to Union Springs for these trials.

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Another annual event is the Chunnenuggee Fair. First started in 1980 as a way to raise money for historic markers from the State of Alabama it has fast become a beloved event. Music, games, rides and fun! It is held the last day of April and continues to grow every year.

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There are just so many interesting things about this little town that I couldn’t possibly put it all here. Please click over to the Union Springs web site to see all of the wonderful events, historic buildings and history of this beautiful town.

I hope you enjoyed this Hometown Tour of Union Springs.

If you would like to feature your hometown on Alabama Bloggers, please contact Rachel (rachel@alabamabloggers.com) or Valerie (valwonderfullife@aol.com) and let us know!

2 comments:

Mama Hen said...

Thanks for this great review Valarie. I love to look at old houses. So pretty.

2-Morrow said...

Don't forget the Red Door Theatre--home of the original play "Conecuh People" and other wonderful productions. The upcoming "Hank Williams: Lost Highway" is a complete sell-out! The remaining 2009 production is Truman Capote's "Holiday Memories" accompanied by a sumptuous buffet reception December 3-5, 2009.

Visit www.unionspringsalabama.com to learn more about Union Springs and Bullock County.

And don't forget to come see what's behind the RED DOOR!

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