Looking for something to do this weekend. If you are near the town of Vernon, Alabama, check out A Night in Bethlehem, presented by Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church. The church has done this presentation off and on for several years now. Visitors are “transported” back to the town of Bethlehem circa. 4 B.C. and experience life as it was during that time period. Each year is different, but some of the booths usually include, taste testing, perfume, olive wood, and a synagogue just to name a few. But be sure to watch out for those tax collecting Roman soldiers.
The event is free, but you must get there early. The dates are December 5-7 starting at 6 pm.
The church is located in the Hightogy community on Hwy 17 between Vernon and Millport, AL.
If your looking for something (inexpensive)to do this weekend in North West Alabama. There are several options.
First there’s the scarecrow festival in Vernon Alabama. The festival includes a 5K, a corn toss and food and entertainment. There will be booths and vendors as well.
Second, is the “Dixie Division Military Show” at Tannehill State Park. There is no admission for the “show” but there is a small fee to enter the park. The show, showcases military surplus including jeeps and other vehicles. For information about the Dixie Division Military Club go to http://www.ddmvpa.org/. For more information about Tannehill go to: http://www.tannehill.org/ While your there make sure you check out the rest of the park. Especially the sweet shop, and ask for some Fairyland Fudge.
If you haven’t read the first two parts of this blog you will need to before you read this one.
After the courthouse of Carrolton, Alabama burned in 1876, the town immediately suspected Henry Wells of doing it. Henry a former slave was known for being foul mouth and mean tempered.
In 1877, a totally unrelated incident to place in the small town. Nathaniel Pierce, a black man, was being held in the local jail for suspicion of murder, when a mob broke in and demanded him. The deputy (not the sheriff) tried to stop them but soon gave in. September 26, 1877, Nathaniel Pierce was lynched You have to remember that this was post reconstruction south, racial tensions were very high.
While Pierce’s death had nothing to do with the courthouse burning, it does explain the part of the legend of the prophecy “spoken” by Henry Wells in the court house attic. “I’ll haunt you forever.” These words could just have easily been spoken by Nathaniel just a the mob put the noose around his neck.
As for the face. yes there is a face or something in the lower right hand corner of the attic window of the courthouse in Carrolton, Alabama. Is it Henry Wells, Nathaniel Pierce or someone else. Is it man made or a freak of nature. No one knows. But all anyone knows is that a lone silent face keeps watch over this small southern town.