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Obscurity in the Middle of Alabama

A March 2006 trip to Cullman by NiteOwlTX

Blount County Covered Bridges Photo, Cullman, Alabama More Photos
Quote: A trip to Cullman teaches one to forget stereotypes, and view the surroundings as they are; no matter how out of place they really are.

Obscurity in the Middle of Alabama

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Overview

Cullman Depot Photo, Cullman, Alabama
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Cullman was founded shortly after the Civil War by Germans seeking to escape the wars in that country. Per capita, there are more churches in Cullman then anywhere else in the country.Some of the most obscure things that you will ever see will be in the relatively small town of Cullman, Alabama. Somethings, such as a miniature replica of Jerusalem, are obscure in and of themselves. Other things, such as a wonderfully decorated monastery, are obscure when placed in the middle of the deep south, or northern Alabama; it just seems out of place. Being from the city, when I go to the country and see not one or two, but three covered bridges, I can't help but think that this is the most backward thi...Read More

Blount County Covered Bridges

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Blount County Covered Bridges Photo, Cullman, Alabama
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About 20 minutes outside of Cullman, just around the city Oneonta in Blount County, you will find some historic landmarks in the form of the covered bridges that are still in use today.There are three in this area. First is The Horton Mill Covered Bridge, located north of Oneonto. This bridge is 220 feet long and stands 70 feet above the canyon that it spans. Given the height and distance, this is the most impressive of the three.Second, is the Easley Covered Bridge. Built in 1927, this covered bridge is the oldest in the county. Located just west of the town, this bridge is 95 feet long.Third, the Swann Covered bridge is the longest of the three at 324 feet. It sta...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 15, 2006

Blount County Covered Bridges
Throughout Cullman
Cullman, Alabama

Palisades Park

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Palisades Park Photo, Cullman, Alabama
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Palisades Park offers a wide variety of activities and amenities.The first thing that you'll notice is the view. Located atop Ebell Mountain, the park is 1,300 feet high. There is even a lookout cabin that takes you to the edge of the cliff without any fear of falling over. From here, you can see miles to all the surrounding hills and mountains. The view is absolutely beautiful.Second, there are a couple of trails that run through the park. These trails are paved, so they will appeal to those seeking exercise. Hikers and wilderness seekers can find better trails at other sites in the area.There are also a large selection of pavilions and park tables for groups and families to have an ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 15, 2006

Palisades Park
Blount County
Cullman, Alabama

Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

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Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Photo, Cullman, Alabama
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Just south of Cullman in a small town called Hanceville, you will find the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. This is a Catholic monastery, which has opened its doors to people of all faiths.First, let me say that I am not Catholic, and not the most religious person in my personal faith; however, I do consider myself a spiritual person. Having said that, going to the Shrine does give a deeply spiritual experience.When you enter the monastery, the first thing you will notice is the castle San Miguel. This is setup to honor the valor of knights and saints who fought for the church in the past. The castle also houses a gift shop which sells various religious books, symbols, and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 15, 2006

Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
3224 County Road 548
Cullman, Alabama 35077

Ave Maria Grotto

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Ave Maria Grotto Photo, Cullman, Alabama
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The Ave Maria Grotto was built by Brother Joseph Zoetti, a native of Landshul, Bavaria. A priest serving at the Saint Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Alabama, started this site as a hobby. He wanted to build miniature recreations of some of the world's greatest churches and altars out of the trinkets, stones, and shells that he could find in the area.Over the 50 years that Brother Joseph worked on this site, he built miniature replicas of more then 125 famous scenes, shrines, and buildings from all over the world. There are miniature replicas of Jerusalem and Rome. There are missions from San Antonio, Mexico, France, and Italy.What is more interesting is to note that all these miniature ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2006

Ave Maria Grotto
1600 Saint Bernard Avenue SE
Cullman, Alabama 35055
(256) 734-4100

Cullman County Museum

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Cullman County Museum Photo, Cullman, Alabama
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In the late 1860s, the United States had just gone through a Civil War, and in this antebellum period, the South was opened to those interested in taking advantage of the land previously used as plantations.In Europe, Guy de Bismarck was going through what we now know as Germany, combining the loosely connected districts into one solid country. As he did this, the influential people from these areas would either secede power or be eliminated. Some of the more influential people fled to what was still considered the frontier in America.Colonel John Cullman led a group of German immigrants to what is now Cullman County. The Cullman County Museum chronicles the life in this county and...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 15, 2006

Cullman County Museum
211 2nd Avenue NE
Cullman, Alabama 35055
(256) 739-1258

Natural Bridge of Alabama Photo, Cullman, Alabama
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About 30 minutes west of Cullman, you will run into Winston County. Winston County is known for two things.First, while very loosely populated at the time, when Alabama seceded from the United States, before the Civil War, the citizens of Winston County voted overwhelmingly to secede from the state of Alabama. Since then, this county has been known as the free state of Winston.Second, Winston County is known for the geological formations in its countryside. Specifically, in this unincorporated area, the natural bridge stands out as a natural wonder. Somewhere between a cave and a canyon, the natural bridge is a unique geological formation.The arch is 150 feet long and 60 ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 15, 2006

Natural Bridge of Alabama
Highway 278 West
Cullman, Alabama

Clarkson Covered Bridge

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Clarkson Covered Bridge Photo, Cullman, Alabama
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After months of skirmishes from Gadsden to Cullman, on April 30, 1863, General William Bedford Forrest of the Confederate army surprised Colonel Streight's raiders. As legend has it, Forrest had three horses shot out from under him in the battle before he eventually sent the Union army running with Forrest in relentless pursuit.Moviegoers will know the name William Bedford Forrest as the name-sake for Forrest Gump. As discretely as they did it, you might have also picked up that he was the founder of what we now call the Klu Klux Klan.Anyway, while he was here, he was a Confederate soldier, who used guerrilla warfare to harass the Union armies that occupied northern Alabama durin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 15, 2006

Clarkson Covered Bridge
Cullman
Cullman, Alabama

One Day in Cullman

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One day is plenty of time to see all the attractions in Cullman. The best days to visit are Monday through Friday, as the Cullman County Museum is closed on Saturday, and the Shrine and the Grotto are mostly religious sites which are inappropriate on Sunday.You should begin your tour just outside of Oneonta in Blount County. Here you can see the covered bridges. Depending on your interest, and how many times you drive back and forth on them, you can see all the bridges in about an hour (free). If you stay the night in Cullman of Gadsden, you can leave either at 6:30am to be at the bridges by 7am.Next, head to Hanceville, to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament (free). If you see th...Read More

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