Little did we know that after a good, long rain, the Cahaba River would swell and no lilies were in site. Although I have gone to this spot often, taking friends and family members and out-of-towners to see the flowers and swim in the crisp clear waters of the rapids, many of our team members had never gone. It was quite disappointing to not be able to see in person the lilies that we’ve often seen in the pages of our magazine, but as par for our team, we didn’t let that hamper our fun.
Our last stop was at the Bibb County Courthouse. Following her genealogical instinct, Donna Baker had heard that the statue in front of the courthouse was of her great-great-grandfather. The Confederate monument was erected in April 1910 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The monument is topped by a Confederate soldier in his homespun uniform atop an obelisk engraved with battle flags. The pedestal is flanked by cannonballs.
Alabama Heritage fields trips are always centered on food: Where will we have lunch? Our team prefers to eat at locally owned and operated restaurants, and on this trip we had to stop at Twix-N-Tween for barbecue in Centreville. It was a fortuitous choice as the restaurant soon closed, changed hands, and became a Mexican restaurant. There’s something special about the pickle-juice barbecue, though, and is a landmark that we couldn’t pass up. I’m actually craving it right now. Suppose I’ll head over to Archibald’s for lunch. Who’s joining me?
Rebecca Todd Minder is the digital media editor for Alabama Heritage.