A tour of the historic Byler Road is planned for Saturday, Sept. 7. The tour will cover the northern segment of the road.
Local historian Joel Mize will conduct the tour.
Those wishing to take the tour will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Indian Mound Museum, located on 1028 South Court Street in Florence for a briefing on Paleo, Archaic and Woodland history in North Alabama, followed by a caravan to sites including various historic markers.
Sites will include Craig’s Wilderness Inn, Bainbridge, with a new historical marker – “Confederate Army Retreat at Bainbridge to be dedicated during the tour, and the Leighton Civil War Museum.
At the LaGrange College site those on the tour will have the opportunity to hear Robert Steen and purchase his book. Other tour stops will include the Byler Tollroad historic marker, Denton Hollow (Major Wm Russell’s grave), Byler’s Gap and homestead and Rock Springs Cemetery at Mount Hope, where the road’s namesake, Capt. John Byler plus five soldiers from the American Revolution are buried.
The tour will last about 6-1/2 hours, including a lunch stop. An 18-passenger van and an 8-passenger van will be available for those who wish to be a part of between-site discussion with fellow tourists and the guide for $10/seat. To reserve a spot, call 256-856-0354.
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