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Over the years, this area of the Chattahoochee Trace has become known as the Wiregrass in recognition of its native grass which is noted for having tough, wiry roots. Because of the area’s moderate climate, rolling plains and gently sloping hills, it is ideal for the cultivation of peanuts. This crop is the number one source of farm income in the tri-states area of Georgia, Florida and Alabama. While traveling in this fertile agricultural section of the sunbelt, one is constantly reminded of its rich architectural and technological heritage. This historical and agricultural legacy is a unique blend of the old and the new which is sure to appeal to the entire family.

The below attractions may be seen during a period of two days with Daleville, Dothan or Ozark, Alabama, serving as the lodging and restaurant base for the tour.

Historic Chattahoochee Commission

Wiregrass Tour

Day 1

1.  Dothan Opera House*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Built originally as the city auditorium in 1915, this Neo-classical Revival structure has some Italian Renaissance influences. 115 North Saint Andrews St., Dothan, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
115 North Saint Andrews Street
Dothan, AL
Website: http://www.dothanalcvb.org/
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2.  Wiregrass Museum of Art

This art museum is housed in the old Dothan Municipal Light and Water Plant* (1912-1913). This facility features changing exhibits of fine and decorative arts. A primary feature is "Art-ventures," a hands-on exhibit for children and adults. Admission free. 126 Museum Avenue, Dothan, Alabama. (*National Historic Register)

Location/Contact:
126 Museum Avenue
Dothan, AL
Website: http://www.wiregrassmuseumoart.org/


3.  Millenium Park

A ten-foot statue of Joseph from Genesis in the Bible is the centerpiece of this park, which commemorates the source of Dothan’s name and celebrates the city’s future. Historical marker. Museum Avenue, Dothan, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
Museum Avenue
Dothan, AL


4.  Cherry Street African Methodist Episcopal Church

This 1908 Gothic structure is the "Mother Church" of the AME denomination in the State of Alabama. Historical marker. 308 North Cherry Street, Dothan, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
308 North Cherry Street
Dothan, AL
Website: http://www.dothanalcvb.org/


5.  Mule Marker

This plaque commemorates the role the mule played in the development of Dothan and the Wiregrass. Poplar Head Park, Dothan, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
Poplar Head Park
Dothan, AL
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6.  Wiregrass Festival of Murals

An ongoing project to depict the history of southeast Alabama, southwest Georgia and the panhandle of Florida through murals painted on the walls of buildings in historic downtown Dothan. Guided walking tours available.

Location/Contact:
Dothan, AL
Website: http://www.dothanalcvb.org/


7.  Water World

A wave pool, 3 flume rides, a 400-foot water slide and a 70-foot tower with a free fall slide and speed slide await visitors to this aquatic attraction. Open weekends in May and daily in summer months. Admission charged. 401 Recreation Road, Dothan, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
401 Recreation Road
Dothan, AL
Website: http://www.dothanalcvb.org/
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8.  Dixie Train Depot*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

This 1907 depot served the Alabama Midland Railroad for many years. It has been restored to its original appearance and serves as the offices of the Wiregrass Transit Authority. Depot Street, Dothan, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
Depot Street
Dothan, AL


9.  Mus-quoian

This oak sculpture was carved in 1973 by a Hungarian immigrant named Peter Toth. Toth carved similar sculptures in all 50 states. His purpose was to remind us of the oppression endured by the American Indians. 212 West Burdeshaw Street on the lawn of the Love Memorial Library, Dothan, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
212 West Burdeshaw Street
Dothan, AL


10.  Dr. George Washington Carver Monument

The six-foot monument salutes Dr. Carver, who invented more than 300 uses for the peanut. Located at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds on Highway 231 South, Dothan, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
US HWY 231
Dothan, AL


11.  Dothan Area Botanical Gardens

Developing facility to include 3,800 feet of walkways, rose, herb, camellia and demonstration gardens as well as a pond and greenhouse. No admission charged. 5130 Headland Avenue, Dothan, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
5130 Headland Avenue
Dothan, AL
Website: http://www.dabg.com/


12.  Old Columbia Jail

This ca. 1862 wooden jail has walls studded with spikes every two inches. Historical marker. North Street, Columbia, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
North Street
Columbia, AL
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13.  Purcell-Killingsworth House*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Completed in 1890, this imposing Victorian mansion was the boyhood home of Bishop Clare Purcell. He was elected President of the Council of Bishops, the highest place of recognition ever achieved by a native-born Alabama Methodist minister. Historical marker. Private residence. North Main Street, Columbia, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
North Main Street
Columbia, AL
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14.  Omusee Creek State Park

Facilities include boat ramps, softball fields, pavilions, nature trails, picnic areas, comfort station and primitive tent camping. Open daily. 828 Omussee Creek Road, Highway 95 South, Columbia, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
828 Omussee Creek Road
Columbia, AL
Website: http://www.dcnr.state.al.us/


15.  Farley Nuclear Visitors Center

THIS FACILITY HAS CLOSED PERMANENTLY.

Location/Contact:
AL HWY 95
Columbia, AL
Website: http://southerncompany.com/


16.  Lake George W. Andrews

This 1,500-acre impoundment is a fisherman’s and boater’s paradise. Seven recreational facilities are located along its 65 miles of shoreline.

Location/Contact:
AL
Website: http://sam.usace.army.mil/op/rec/wfg/


17.  Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

This is the most southernly located "kissin" bridge in the United States. It was constructed in 1891. 9 miles southwest of Blakely off GA 62 on Old River Road, near Hilton, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
Old River Road
Hilton, GA
Website: http://www.blakelyearlychamber.com/
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18.  Chattahoochee State Park

Facilities include primitive camping, picnic area, boating and fishing. 11 miles southeast of Gordon, Alabama off US 84.

Location/Contact:
US HWY 84
Gordon, AL
Website: http://www.dcnr.state.al.us/


19.  Ashford Depot*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

This 1888 depot was constructed by the Alabama Midland Railroad as a way station on the Bainbridge-to-Montgomery route. It is under restoration and houses railroad memorabilia and antiques. Historical marker. Downtown Ashford, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
Ashford, AL


Day 2

20.  Landmark Park

A 60-acre park featuring nature trails, wildlife exhibits, boardwalks over beaver ponds, picnic areas and the "Wiregrass Farmstead." The Farmstead is a living history museum of a typical turn-of-the-century family farm complete with furnished farmhouse, barns, cribs, sheds, livestock and crop gardens. The Old Headland Presbyterian Church (1908) was relocated and restored at the park. The "Square for the Arts" is the setting for many concerts, craft shows and other special events. Also of interest is the Interpretive Center and Planetarium. Open daily. Admission charged. US 431 between Dothan and Headland, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
US HWY 431
AL
Website: http://www.landmarkpark.com/
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21.  Auburn University Peanut Experiment Station

World’s largest peanut experiment station (600 acres). Major portion of the Auburn University School of Agriculture. Visitors welcomed. Open daily except Sunday. US 431, Headland, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
US HWY 431
Headland, AL


22.  Oates Reynolds Memorial Building*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Houses the Dale County Memorial Museum and the Newton Public Library. Open Tuesday-Saturday. Admission free. College Street, Newton, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
College Street
Newton, AL
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23.  U.S. Army Aviation Museum

This facility has a total of 150 aircraft in its collection and the world’s largest collection of helicopters. Of special note are "Army One," President Eisenhower’s helicopter; and C-121A Constellation aircraft "Bataan," used by General MacArthur during the Korean War. Aviation memorabilia abounds at this outstanding complex. Building 6000, corner of Andrews Avenue and Novosel Road, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
Andrews Avenue/Novosel Road
Fort Rucker, AL
Website: http://www.armyavnmuseum.org/
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24.  Claybank Church*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Oldest extant structure in Dale County (1852) and one of the few remaining log churches in Alabama. 1 mile southwest of downtown Ozark on AL 249.

Location/Contact:
AL HWY 249
Ozark, AL
Website: http://www.snowhill.com/ozark/
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25.  Sam Dale Park and Monument

Dedicated to the county’s namesake, General Samuel Dale. The monument depicts the famous "canoe fight" and scenes from the early frontier. Included in the park is a pavilion and picnic area. 707 Myrtle Drive, Ozark, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
707 Myrtle Drive
Ozark, AL