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This region of the Chattahoochee Trace was an early educational, transportation and manufacturing center. Today these important cultural institutions are still very much in evidence in the War Eagle area. In addition, many forms of recreational activity may be enjoyed by the visitor who demands quiet, secluded and scenic vacation spots. Complementing these outdoor attractions are numerous historic sites which will appeal to even the most discriminating history buffs. War Eagle country is in the vanguard of the preservation movement in the Southeast. Old South traditions and New South innovations are a way of life for the hospitable people who have made this region their home.

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

Historic Chattahoochee Commission

War Eagle Tour

Day 1

1.  Chewacla State Park

Available facilities include improved and primitive camping, comfort stations, family cottages, picnic area, play area, refreshments, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking and tennis courts. 124 Shell Toomer Parkway, Auburn, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
Auburn, AL
Website: http://www.dcnr.state.al.us/


2.  Lee County Historical Museum*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Housed in the old Trading Center building* (1845), this museum contains artifacts and memorabilia relating to Lee County. Open by appointment only. Seven miles west of Auburn on AL 14, Loachapoka, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
Loachapoka, AL
Website: http://www.auburn-opelika.com/


3.  Samford Hall*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

This eclectic 1888 High Victorian building is the focal point of the Auburn University Historic District. It serves as the office of Auburn’s president. South College Street, Auburn University, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
Auburn, AL
Website: http://www.lib.auburn.edu/archive/


4.  Ebenezer Missionary Unitarian Baptist Church*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Early free black church, organized after the Civil War (1870) by Rev. Thomas Glenn, a prominent area minister. Historical marker. Thach Avenue and Auburn Drive South, Auburn, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
Auburn, AL


5.  Pebble Hill*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Also known as the Auburn University Center for the Arts and Humanities, this structure was built in 1847 and served as the residence of Nathaniel J. Scott, state legislator and co-founder of Auburn University. Historical marker. 101 DeBardeleben Street, Auburn, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
Auburn, AL
Website: http://www.lib.auburn.edu/archive/


6.  Surfside Water Park

A water theme park situated on 14 acres. Includes 6 water slides, wave pool, “Lazy River,” concession stands and a gift shop. Open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 2780 South College Street, Auburn, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
2780 South College Street
Auburn, AL


7.  Lee County Courthouse*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

1896 Neo-classical Revival, two-story brick courthouse which is unusually fine for the county which was rural at the time of construction. Historical marker. 215 South 9th Street, Opelika, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
215 South 9th Street
Opelika, AL
Website: http://www.auburn-opelika.com/
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8.  Museum of East Alabama

Features hundreds of exhibits and books giving a historical overview of Alabama, the Southeast and the nation. Open Tuesday-Saturday. Located one-half block north of Lee County Courthouse, 121 South 9th Street, Opelika, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
Opelika, AL
Website: http://www.eastalabama.org/


9.  Whitfield-Searcy House

This Queen Anne-style residence was built in 1904 and serves as the headquarters for the Opelika Chamber of Commerce. Open Monday-Friday. 601 Avenue A, Opelika, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
601 Avenue A
Opelika, AL
Website: http://www.auburn-opelika.com/


10.  Spring Villa*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Circa 1850 Gothic Revival structure which is the focus for Spring Villa Park, a popular recreation site. 1474 Lee Road, Opelika, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
1474 Lee Road
Opelika, AL
Website: http://www.auburn-opelika.com/


11.  Mann Museum

Mann Museum has moved to the Montgomery Zoo. The new telephone number is 334-240-4900. A natural history museum dedicated to wildlife conservation through education. Displays include everything from polar bears to opossums.

Location/Contact:
Opelika, AL
Website: http://www.mannmuseum.com/


12.  Salem-Shotwell Covered Bridge

One of only three remaining "kissin" bridges in the Chattahoochee Trace. 9 miles east of Opelika off US 280.

Location/Contact:
Opelika, AL
Website: http://www.opelika.com/
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13.  Dr. A. D. McClain Museum

Constructed about 1910, this former doctor’s office and drugstore with soda fountain and pharmacy has been restored. Dr. McClain delivered well over 3,000 babies during his 53-year career which began in 1902. Open by appointment only. Salem, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
Salem, AL
Website: http://www.auburn-opelika.com/


Day 2

14.  Chambers County Museum

Chambers County Museum. Situated in the Old LaFayette Railroad Depot, this facility displays many artifacts relating to Chambers County and the surrounding area. Open Wednesday and Saturday and by appointment only on other days. 115 Avenue A, S.W., LaFayette, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
115 Avenue A, SW
LaFayette, AL
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15.  Chambers County Courthouse*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

This imposing 1899 building is the centerpiece of the Chambers County Courthouse Square Historic District. It was featured in the movie "Mississippi Burning." Historical marker. Courthouse Square, LaFayette, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
Courthouse Square
LaFayette, AL
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16.  Dollhouse Built Over Child’s Grave

A brick dollhouse built over little Nadine Earle’s grave. In addition to her grave inside the house, it has a fireplace and toys of many kinds. Viewing daily. Lanett City Cemetery, First Street, Lanett, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
First Street
Lanett, AL


17.  H. Grady Bradshaw Chambers County Library and Cobb Memorial Archives

The library offers a wide variety of materials and programming for children and adults. The archives features regular memorabilia exhibits, tours and programs for school groups and research opportunities for local historians and genealogists. Open Monday-Saturday; admission free. 3419 20th Avenue, Valley, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
3419 20th Avenue
Valley, AL
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18.  Fort Tyler

Site of the last fort-land skirmish of the Civil War east of the Mississippi River. Historical marker (West 10th Street at 6th Avenue) and Confederate Cemetery (off US 29 at East 11th Street). West Point, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
West Point, GA


19.  West Point Lake

Outstanding bass fishing and recreational opportunities are available on this 25,900-acre lake. Dam is located 3.2 miles north of West Point, Georgia and Lanett, Alabama. Lanett, Alabama, West Point, Georgia and LaGrange, Georgia are primary access areas.

Location/Contact:
GA
Website: http://sam.usace.army.mil/op/rec/westpt/


20.  West Point Dam Visitors Center & Powerhouse Exhibits Lobby

Fifteen hundred square feet of exhibit space in the visitors center tell the West Point project story and the history of the Valley and the Corps of Engineers. It includes wall exhibits and set-type designs such as woodland areas, slide projections, telephones and panels. The powerhouse has an audio-slide tour of the dam and several exhibits on electricity and water power. US 29, north of West Point, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
West Point, GA
Website: http://sam.usace.army.mil/op/rec/westpt/