Hi, my name is Carmen Carr and
I am a Junior at Southside
My home town of Gadsden,
AL., nestled in the Heart of Dixie, is home to some very remarkable attractions.
Legend has it that the breathtaking
beauty of Noccalula Falls, the 100 foot waterfall here does not compare to the beauty of the Indian Girl for which it is named. According to the story, Noccalula flung herself over the rushing waters of the falls
rather than betray her true love and marry a man of her father’s choosing. In
addition to the falls, the beautiful park that surrounds it contains caves, walking trails, Indian carvings, an old aboriginal
fort, an abandoned dam, Civil War carvings, and a huge botanical garden. In addition,
the entire park is completely illuminated at Christmas with millions of lights making it a winter wonderland.
There is a saying that blue grass
is not a color, it’s a feeling. That is certainly the case of Foggy Hollow. The first weekend in June and the last weekend in September, the quiet community of
Webster’s Chapel on the outskirts of Gadsden comes alive with the string
sounds of bluegrass. Thousands flock to the 12-acre farm to hear such greats
as Alison Krauss and Tony Rice.
If it’s just a simple
ride through the country side you choose, you could pass by one of the three major crop growers in Alabama,
the Sewell Farms.
Spring finds Gadsden
crawling with people from all over the US coming together
for the annual Riverfest. Such greats as Travis Tritt, Collin Raye, Sawyer Brown,
Alabama, Toby Keith and many others have drawn crowds of 50,000. This great festival is in its 21st year and stronger than ever!
The early history of Gadsden
speaks of street car bells, the churning waters of paddle wheelers, rebel yells, the Trail of Tears, and railroad whistles. Today, Gadsden, in Etowah
County, is a thriving county of a hundred thousand hospitable people all working
together to keep the “Etowah Experience” a way of life for ourselves and our visitors. Other great Gadsden attractions
River complete with the steam powered Alabama Princess Riverboat
Mountain Top Flea Market –
the largest in the south
Mountain and Scenic Parkway
Home of Gold
All God’s Children Family
And….the beginning point
of the 450 mile yard sale!!