As I mentioned in my last post, I highly recommend that you plan to visit Pond Spring, the home of Fightin’ Joe Wheeler, as soon as you have an opportunity. Perhaps you’ll consider one or more of these special events on their calendar.
1) On Saturday, September 12, 2015, there will be a Joe Wheeler Birthday Celebration on the grounds. During that day, samples of General Joe’s favorite cake will be served, an authentic Civil War cannon will be fired every hour, and quilts and other arts and crafts will be on display. This occasion is held annually on the Saturday after Labor Day.
2) During the Christmas season, Pond Spring will be decorated for the holidays with live greenery, and musicians will perform on the porch to greet guests.
3) On the last Saturday in March every year, Miss Annie’s Heirloom Plant Sale takes place. There are boxwoods on the property that are a hundred years old. “Baby” boxwoods, as well as other plants similar to those found on the grounds, can be purchased and planted in your own yard.
As my husband and I wandered around Lawrence County before taking a tour of Pond Spring, we found a couple of places that you might enjoy, several for eating and one for shopping.
The Ranch House on Hwy. 20 in Town Creek is the first place I’ve ever seen that had fried green tomatoes listed as a side item on their breakfast menu. Why, thank you. Don’t mind if I do. Steve chose the Pancake Breakfast. The restaurant had a 95 health rating, and we ate for less than $20. Pretty good in my book. And, before getting back in your car, you might want to peruse Tinker’s Nursery next door. We particularly liked their whimsical yard art.
For lunch or dinner in Moulton, a popular choice is Western Sirloin Steakhouse on Hwy. 157.
About 7 or 8 miles past Pond Spring, you will find Dot’s Soulfood Diner. Sadly, it is not open on Saturdays, and I’m pretty sure it’s closed on Sundays, too, but if you go for lunch on weekdays, you’re in for a treat.
Not too far away, you can also find Caddo Cafeteria in Trinity, an awesome place to eat EVERY DAY EXCEPT SATURDAY.
We were hopeful of finding lots of cute shops in downtown Moulton, but we were very disappointed. However, we did find one a few blocks away at 14001 Court St. called The Gift Room. The owner is a very friendly, attractive lady named Anne, and her shop has a lot of fun items for giving, decorating or wearing.
Here are the treasures that I decided I “needed” to take home with me.
I hope you will enjoy discovering some very nice people and places in Lawrence County. Since the closing of Champion Paper recently, the area has gone through some hard times. Your visit and $business$ could give them a boost.