Heflin To Fruithurst To Muscadine To The Etowah MoundsWednesday, August 05, 2009
One day we set off to visit the Etowah Indian Mounds in Georgia. In Heflin, we passed this dairy bar with all the great signs:
Next was Fruithurst, which is a story that starts in Tallapoosa, Georgia. Tallapoosa was promoted by a Connecticut salesman who moved to the area in the late 1800s as a "Yankee City Under the Southern Sun". Ah, it sounds really messed up, actually, because the Spring 2009 Alabama Heritage Magazine has a feature on Fruithurst in which the author stated that the idea was to populate Tallapoosa with immigrant whites (Germans, Scandinavians) to 'minimize dependence on black labor'. The natives of this area didn't care for that one bit, and to make things on even worse footing, former Union general Benjamin Butler (Butler the Beast, whose likeness graced Southern chamber pots) was recruited as a board member for the town company.
The inn offered wild goose a la fermier, roast sirloin of beer, roast leg of lamb, and Columbia River salmon served with Fruithurst claret.