Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ideas for Memorial Day in Calhoun County

From Cheaha State Park to Mike Tucker, Ladiga or Neely Henry, Calhoun County and surrounding areas offer great options for camping and activities. 

Go for a spin on the Ladiga Trail or climb Coldwater, Iron Legs and Henry Farm! 

From Terrapin to Choccolocco's Floating Fun, Calhoun County has several options for those hoping to get out on the water. 

From Silver Lakes to Cider Ridge, Cane Creek to Pine Hill, and Indian Oaks to Stoney Brook, there are plenty of great rounds of golf to be played. 

Explore History
Pay your respects at Centennial Memorial Park and explore Alabama's Civil Rights Trail and more. 

7th Annual Memorial Weekend Gospel Singing
Friday, May 27, beginning at 6:00 P.M.
at Christian Corner Meats, 1002 US Hwy 431, Anniston
Bring your own lawn chair to this concert featuring Wilburn & Wilburn, The Hoppers, and Jay Parrack & Vocal Event. Shuttles will be available from Hillcrest Baptist Church and free dinner for the first 500 guests. 

Back 40 Bash
Saturday, May 28, with gates opening at 5:00 P.M. 
on Harold Boozer Road in Pleasant Valley, Jacksonville, AL 
Bring your own chairs and coolers, no glass, to this outdoor music festival and enjoy an afternoon of country music and classic rock. This year features Riley Green with Muscadine Bloodline and Murphy Elmore. 

Eat, Stay & Play in Calhoun County, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts! 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Remembering the Freedom Rides

May 14, Freedom Riders Hank Thomas, Bill Harbour, and Charles Person returned to Anniston for the bus burning anniversary and to take questions from local students and community members. Birmingham's Civil Rights Institute recently hosted "A Night with Freedom Rider Hank Thomas," one of the survivors of the firebombed bus in Anniston in 1961. Thomas recapped his story of escaping the fire, and 12 year old Janie Forsyth defying the angry mob to share water with Mr. Thomas and other Freedom Riders.
In Anniston, visitors can retrace the journey of the Freedom Riders and the events of May 14, 1961.
At 1031 Gurnee Avenue, the location of the first attack, where the Greyhound Bus station was once located, there is a mural asking "Could You Get On The Bus?" with informational panels capturing the events of Mothers' Day 1961.
The Greyhound bus departed the downtown Anniston bus station, followed by an angry mob, until the damage to the bus prevented it from traveling further along the Old Birmingham Highway, parallel to what is now Hwy 202. There, firebombs ignited the Freedom Riders bus. A historic marker is now located at the site of the bus burning. Many people remember the image of the Greyhound bus burning, but many don't realize there was another bus. A Trailways bus of Freedom Riders entered Anniston about an hour later to another attack. "The Other Bus" mural is located at the corner of 9th and Noble, where the Trailways bus station once stood. There are also panels at this location detailing the events surrounding the Trailways bus.
Recently, the National Park Service took part in a Reconnaissance survey and roundtable discussions, considering these Freedom Rider sites for federal designation.
You can take part in preserving these historic sites for the future. For more information, as well as opportunities to donate or write letters of support, visit 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Perfect for Pickers

Calhoun County is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and a haven for history buffs and "American Pickers" fans.
From antique shops to markets, Calhoun County has everything you could want, as well as things you like and didn't know you needed.

Anniston Galleries has general line of antiques from the 18th and 19th century.
906 Noble Street, Anniston, AL 36201 - (256) 236-3741

Auction Treasures has antiques, glassware, clothes, furniture, re-purposed & handcrafted furniture, tools, jewelry, housewares & home décor.
1005 Gurnee Ave, Anniston, Alabama 36201 - (256) 294-1764

Calhoun Pickers is a 36,000 square foot Antique Mall  and Indoor Market with more than 180 vendors selling a combination of Antiques, Crafts, Art, Jewelry, and Furniture.
801 Wilmer Ave, Anniston, AL 36201 - (256) 403-6865

Apple Barrel Antiques is a huge two story log building, housing any antique treasure you can imagine. They also buy gold and silver. 
1906 US Highway 78 E, Oxford, Alabama 36203 - (256) 835-1937

Birds of a Feather Vintage Antiques & Restorations is filled with wonderful, unique and vintage items,furniture, jewelry, gifts, architectural, and art.
502 Main St, Oxford, Alabama 36203 - (256) 403-2991

Cotton Antiques and Collectibles has a little bit of everything and something for everyone. Located in downtown historic Oxford, this building dates back to the late 1800s. 
518 Main St, Oxford, Alabama 36203 - (256) 835-6000

Timeless Treasures Antique Mall is a multi dealer mall, carrying a range of antique furniture, from French and European to early American, a large variety of glassware and more collectibles.
230 Davis Loop, Oxford, Alabama 36203 - (256) 832-0500

Crows Nest Antiques and More has antiques with an array of items to choose from. This Store is very unusual and has a lot to choose from !
2631 US Highway 431, Anniston, Alabama 36206 - (256) 343-8822

Olde South Antique Mall has everything from Antiques, collectibles, books, coins, currency, jewelry, advertising, furniture, knives, primitives, tools, military, records and vintage clothing.
405 Pelham Rd N, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265 - (256) 435-7670

Antique Corner has beautiful and eclectic items from yesterday and today. They have antique dishes, furniture, art, cooking utensils, holiday items...the list is endless.
101 N Center Ave, Piedmont, Alabama 36272 - (256) 283-4943

Valley Antiques & Collectibles has about two dozen dealers in 4,500 square feet of shopping space, with everything from vintage textiles and glassware to antique furniture and niche collectibles. 
6312 US Highway 431, Alexandria, Alabama 36250 - (256) 820-0025

Tail Feathers sells home decor pieces, local art and painted furniture. 
101 Clinton St SE, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265 - (256) 283-5075

Puttin' On the Ritz has jewelry, clothes, games, and more collectibles. 
2255 Pelham Road S, Jacksonville, AL 36265 - (256) 435-1999

Dishman Antiques is a 27,000 square foot mall of fine antiques and collectibles located between Anniston and Gadsden. 
10770 U.S. Hwy 431 N, Wellington, AL 36279 - (256) 892-2424

Thursday, May 5, 2016

"Bicycling is life with the volume turned up!"

“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.”
Ernest Hemingway

Calhoun County is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, especially cyclists. 

Cheaha State Park
Just twenty miles from Anniston, Cheaha State Park, the highest point of Alabama, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts or those just wanting to catch a breathtaking sunset. With its hiking and biking trails and swimming, the park has it all, including hotel, camping and cabin accommodations.

Chief Ladiga Trail
The Chief Ladiga Trail currently runs 32.5 miles from the Alabama/Georgia line into the City of Anniston. As Alabama’s first Rails to Trails project, this paved recreational trail follows the former Seaboard/CSX Railroad and connects to Georgia’s 63 mile Silver Comet Trail, making Ladiga part of the longest paved rail trail in the U.S.  for walkers, bikers, skaters, strollers and more.

Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail
Off Hwy 202, Anniston
Located on 4000 acres of Coldwater Mountain in Anniston, this brand-new trail offers both 1.5 mile beginner loops, for riders of any level, and a 10 mile Blue Loop for intermediate riders. The trail is open to hikers and runners as well. Currently, more than 25 miles of trails have been built under the supervision of IMBA Trail Solutions, with more than 75 miles of trails scheduled to be built. For more information, visit 

Henry Farm Mountain Bike & Running Trails
351 Henry Road, Jacksonville
Located on the mountain adjacent to the Henry Farm Baseball Fields and parking lot, these trails are great for beginners and experienced riders and runners, with rock features and gradual climbs.

Iron Legs Trail
Bains Gap Road, Anniston
Located near the Mountain Longleaf Wildlife Refuge, this mountain bike trail lives up to its name. Take I-20 to exit 188 go north on golden springs rd to choccolocco rd, turn right go approx 10 miles turn left on Bains gap rd, parking 100 yards on the right.

Cheaha Challenge
If you're an avid cyclists, and especially enjoy road biking, may we suggest Cheaha Challenge weekend? As a part of the Alabama Backroads Century Series, this now 124 mile bike ride is known as the toughest ride in the south, climbing Alabama’s highest point twice. Beginning in Jacksonville, this ride also features 23, 44, 62, 84 mile and more options for cyclists. If you're a beginner, we also have the Chief Ladiga Cruise, a kinder, gentler family ride from Jacksonville to Piedmont or the Alabama State line and back along the Ladiga Trail.