TROY, AL (WSFA) - If you make the drive between Troy and Montgomery I'm sure you've seen it. Maybe you've even wondered, what's over there. Well, one man is hoping the next time you head that way you'll stop in instead of driving by. "We have been open since August 5th," said Randy Griffin, owner of the Branding Iron Grill. Griffin has been in the food industry for close to 25 years. When he decided to open his new restaurant he decided the Pioneer Village off Highway 231 in Troy was the perfect place. "I just like the setting of the village with all the log cabins and I really just like the area because it's rustic. "Griffin is hoping to set a trend. He says more stores are on the way and they're painting some of the buildings and fixing the place up because there's a lot of history.
I couldn't find anything online about this place. No one was around to ask either. This place is just outside of Morgantown, Ga. & I look forward to checking it out again.
The King's Tavern building was built in 1769, making it the oldest structure in the old river port city of Natchez. When the British moved in and established the nearby Fort Panmure, the King's Tavern building was originally built to be a block house for the fort. As there was no saw mill near this frontier town, this building and other structures were constructed using beams taken from scrapped New Orleans sailing ships, which were brought to Natchez via mule. Another source of wood used in the King's Tavern building construction were barge boards from flat river boats, which were dismantled and sold after arriving in Natchez with their goods after traveling down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Boatmen couldn't take their flat boats back up these rivers, so they just added to their profit by selling the boats as wood, which was needed to build Natchez. Besides the wood, sun-dried bricks also were used as building material. The result is a building which has an ambiance and decor of another era from the outside. Though the outside of the Kings Tavern has the rustic 1780s authentic wooden brick architectural style, the inside is a lovely place for cozy, quiet, intimate meal or to host luncheons, dinner parties, receptions meetings. The King's Tavern also provides meals for the large tour buses full of visitors who are traveling along the Natchez Trace Pathway. ~ Wikipedia
John Lewis the Pirate
It is believed John hid his treasure in his grave before his demise. That would explain why it is dug down so deep. Apparently therehad been a 2,000 acre plantation & this cemetery is the last remaining relic. It is said he was a general in the Civil War & he had a hatred for Cajuns. He'd forbade his family from mingling with Cajuns & homeschooled them. One of his daughters, Mary, had fallen in love with a Cajun boy & John wouldn't lety them be together. In grief she hanged herself. Her headstone is among the pics below.
Owner was Lionel (Chic) Vidrine- Cecil Doyle played there in the band Madison Fog- rail around the stage- David Greely remembers $2 bill bets at Bouree, Fats Domino Sept 29, 1961. Included in Emily Ardoin’s 2014 thesis “Fais do-do to ‘Hippy Ti-Yo’: Dance Halls of South Louisiana”: “The Southern Club is located on Highway 190 to the west of Opelousas and primarily featured swamp pop music. It was built in 1949 and opened as the Southern Club in 1953 and closed in 1996. It featured a restaurant and gambling room. The building is of a frame construction, has a front gabled asphalt shingle roof, a scalloped parapet, and has a concrete pier foundation. The dance floor is constructed of wood strips and the ceiling is acoustic tile. There is a seperate bar in another room other than the one that contains the dance floor. Mostly unaltered. Alterations have been maintenance related: Roof shingles replaced in 1993; wood shakes on primary fac_ade removed in 1990s. Shingles on parapet and neon sign were replaced once, probably in 1960s. Original canopy over porch was damaged and replaced in early 1980s. Some auxiliary spaces were altered over time (pool table room opened and telephone booth in bar space relocated). The National Registry nomination is in progress- the owners hope to restore and reopen.” ~ Louisiana Dancehalls
Plaza Tower (for a time dubbed Crescent City Towers and Crescent City Residences in a failed proposed redevelopment scheme) is a 45-story, 531-foot (162 m) skyscraper in New Orleans, Louisiana, designed in the modern style by Leonard R Spangenberg, Jr. & Associates. Located in the Central Business District (CBD), it is the third tallest building in both the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. The building has been unused since 2002 because of environmental problems such as toxic mold and asbestos. In March 2005, the Plaza Tower was purchased by Giannasca Development Group LLC for $4 million. The Giannasca Group planned a $120 million renovation to convert the office tower into a 197-unit condominium tower with an entirely new facade. However, after damage due to Hurricane Katrina, the group was involved in faulty appropriations of insurance money that had been issued after the storm, causing the group to sue one another and default on the mortgage.
Willora “Peaches” Ephram was born in Utica, Mississippi, in 1924 to sharecropper parents. Unable to work in the fields, Willora stayed inside, learning to cook from her mother and grandmother. By the age of 8, she was preparing whole meals for her family to eat as they retuned each day from the cotton fields. In 1948, she moved to Jackson in search of a better life with only $8 to her name. After working for a while as a cook in the long-closed Blackstone Café on Farish Street, Willora had, by 1961, saved up enough money to open a restaurant of her own. For more than 50 years, Ms. Peaches, as she’s known to just about everyone, cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner for Jackson’s black community. Everyone from Muhammad Ali to Medgar Evers enjoyed her fried chicken, greens, and candied yams. During the Civil Rights Movement, Peaches’ Restaurant served as a safe haven for activists.
General Store Fort Adams, Mississippi
Fort Adams is a small, river port community in Wilkinson County, Mississippi, United States, about 40 miles south of Natchez. It is notable for having been the U.S. port of entry on the Mississippi River, before the acquisition of New Orleans; it was the site of an early fort by that name. The town was called Wilkinburg and was incorporated in 1798. Prior to that time, the community was known as Loftus Heights and formerly had been a Jesuit mission called the Rock of Davion, first settled as such circa 1689-1700. This is also the site where the Choctaw Treaty of Fort Adams was signed in 1801.
New Orleans NAS
Early history The land underlying the Naval Support Activity is part of an immense West Bank concession given to Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, founder of New Orleans, in 1719 by the Compagnie des Indes. The land changed hands numerous times before being purchased by the United States government on 1849-02-14 for the site of a proposed Navy yard. The Navy yard was not built, however, and the land was leased off for farming. In May of that year, additional ground was purchased by the Navy to enlarge the original site. In November 1901, the Naval Dry Dock YFD-2 arrived and the US Naval Station was formally established. The original buildings, some of which still stand, were completed on the site in 1903. The Naval Station remained open until September 1911. Following four years of inactivity, it was reopened in 1915 as an industrial Navy yard for repair of vessels. The station continued in full operation until June 1933, when it was placed in a maintenance status. During the Great Depression, the Louisiana Emergency Relief Administration and later, the WPA, operated the third largest transient camp in the United States on the Naval Station. Opened in May 1934, the transient camp sheltered, worked, and trained approximately 25,000 homeless men before it closed in March 1936. In December 1939, the station was reactivated and eventually became a base to handle transient naval personnel.
Casino in the Woods
In 1992, "Splash" casino opened in Mhoon Landing, the first casino in Northern Mississippi.
Nitta Yuma, Mississippi
Nitta Yuma is an unincorporated community located in Sharkey County, Mississippi, United States. Nitta Yuma is located along U.S. Route 61, approximately four miles north of Anguilla. Nitta Yuma is a name derived from the Choctaw language purported to mean "mixed with bear".
Grounded Plane & Actual Rocket
'The tail number on this plane didn't reveal the information I'd hope it would. Still it was magnificent sitting in this filed along the tree line. The rocket is anMR7 Mercury-Redstone Launch Vehicle. It was the American crewed space booster! It was used for six sub-orbital Mercury flights from 1960-61;culminating with the launch of the first and eleven weeks later, the second American in space. ~ Wikipedia
Who thought I'd ever visit District 12 from the movie The Hunger Games?! All of the 1st movie was filmed in North Carolina. It was filmed at a real village called Henry River Mill Village. Built in 1905, the workers/tenants of the Mill were compensated with housing & their own currency, the Doogalu, which eventually was deemed illegal. Abandoned in the 1980's, many descendants still remain in the area & participate in the celebration of the movie & the set.
The Arcade is a collection of five buildings located in Dayton, Ohio. The Historic Arcade is a historical, architecturally elegant complex located in the heart of Dayton's central business district. Built between 1902 and 1904, it consists of five interconnecting buildings topped by a glass-domed rotunda, 70 feet high and 90 feet in diameter, below which two balconied upper floors circle the central enclave. The Arcade had the latest innovations, including elevators, a power plant and a cold storage plant. ~ https://www.arcadedayton.com/history
In the New Orleans area is a train museum. I don't think it is still in operation, but these trains still sit behind a fence rotting. I'll check it again in the future & maybe there will be a way in.
The Gong Co.
While wandering around downtown Merigold, Mississippi, I ran into Ben who was cleaning out the Gong Co. He let me in for a second to see the old grocery store still stocked with merchandise. It was a complete time capsule stuck in time. There is debate as to when the store closed. I’ve attached a story I found on the web about a short history of the Gong’s & their life. https://www.google.com/…/the-gong-company-merigold-dow…/amp/
This roadside bar in the Mississippi Delta was stocked with beer still! There were probably more magazines in this one place than any other place I have explored. The Wayne Newton record 'Now' from 1966 was an incredible find! It isn't often you find such great memorabilia in good condition.
Poor Monkey Lounge
Po' Monkey's was a juke joint in unincorporated Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States, outside of Merigold. The juke joint was founded in the early 1960s and was one of the last rural juke joints in the Mississippi Delta. It ceased operating after the death of operator Willie "Po' Monkey" Seaberry in 2016.
What was to be a resort in Pass Christian, Mississippi turned disaster. After 10 homes were built Hurricane Camille tore through the Gulf Coast & destroyed what had been built at Discovery Bay. Pat Boone was one of the backers & promoters of the real estate venture. He came down & reassured everyone they would rebuild & even sang some songs for the residents. A month later he pulled out of the venture. Apparently there was some false advertising in brochures showing a golf course & a beach which did not exist, at least yet.
The first white settler, John McKee, came to the Boligee area around 1816. When the town's population had expanded enough, town leaders petitioned the Presbyterian Church in the United States, the official governing body of the denomination, for location of a church in the town. It was granted, and the Bethsalem Presbyterian Church was established in 1833. At this time, the town's center was located approximately 1.5 miles from the current center. Its economy centered largely on agriculture at this time.