Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

December 8-10, 2009 Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park in McCalla, Alabama was only meant to serve as a waypoint en route to New Orleans. We didn't expect an interesting stay, but were happily surprised with what the park has to offer, including ...

... old blast furnaces and blower houses, ...

... history ...

... rustic architecture ...

... poignant stories about "Powder Monkeys" ("boys ... under the age of subscription ... used as laborers in saltpepper production ... these boys entered the caves at daybreak and left after sunset doing backbreaking work by candlelight ... Many suffered from lung and back problems.") at the Alabama Iron and Steel Museum, ...

... Amish butter, all kinds of candy and ...

pickled hot okra at the Sweet Shoppe.

-P