Clues for the Free State Scavenger Quest
1. I was constructed in 1868 from logs. In fact, I am the oldest surviving log building in North Alabama. I was used to house lawbreakers. I am located in an area that was the Winston County seat prior to the county seat being moved to Double Springs. I was also used as a private home in my later years. If you look out my window, you can see statues of Uncle Dick Payne, Sheriff Willis Farris and Governor John Winston.
2. Construction was finished on me in 1918. I am built from local “rock,” (sandstone). In the past, I was used as a library and a medical office for Dr. Bonds. I am located very close to the county’s present day courthouse. Your picture will look great with me in the background!
3. My grave and tombstone are located in the cemetery next to the oldest Baptist church in Winston County. I was a true pioneer along the Byler Road. I served in the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. I died in 1845 as the result of an injury when my horse stepped in a pine hole while I was bear hunting.
4. I commemorate the site of the first toll road built in the area, which is also the oldest road in the state. The road connected the Shoals area to Tuscaloosa. I am located in the town which is known as the “Home of 9-1-1” and near the present day library, which also served as a post office from 1939-1970.
5. I was constructed in the early 1900s and am centrally located in a town formerly called Dismal. I share my name with the first postmaster of Dismal. I am currently being used as a bank, but was formerly a gas station and general store. Come take my picture! We’ll look good together.
6. I am famed as the “longest natural bridge east of the Rockies” and am over 200 million year old. My park features an Indian head rock, artesian well, a picnic area and various varieties of ferns and hemlock trees.
7. I was built in 1927 as the Dew Drop Inn. I later became known as the Forest Inn-Tavern. At the time of my construction, I was dubbed the “Gateway to the National Forest.” So “hop” on over and have your picture taken with me.
8. My marker commemorates the meeting held in the spring of 1862 where over 2,500 hill folks, including Dick Payne and Christopher Sheats, met to oppose the secession of Alabama from the Union. The resolution was referred to as the “Free State of Winston.” I am located on county road 41 near Inmanfield.
9. I was constructed in the mid-to-late 1800s and am located in the Bankhead National Forest near a lakeside recreational area and Rock House Creek. To this day, I have no electricity or running water. Worship services held within my walls are still illuminated by candles and oil lamps. I have served as a house of worship for both the Methodist and Baptist faiths. I was formerly known as Lane’s Chapel Methodist Church in 1881, and then joined the Clear Creek Baptist Association in 1884. I am also on the North Alabama Hallelujah Trail of Sacred Places.
10. Before 1850 there were four churches in Hancock County. I was one of those churches. I share my name with another church in the county, but you won’t find me in Addison. My cemetery contains the graves of Civil War veterans, both Union and Confederate, and two former sheriffs of Winston County: Sheriff Barton and Sheriff Ward.