Alabama’s bicentennial and the history of the state’s first chartered college and a Civil War-era military academy will be celebrated May 3-5 at the annual Recall LaGrange Festival in Colbert County.
The festival is held at LaGrange College Site Park, just off Highway 20 at 1491 LaGrange College Road in Leighton.
Louise Lenz, an organizer of the festival, said with this year being the culmination of Alabama Bicentennial Celebration, she is expecting people from far and near to attend the festival that pays homage to LaGrange College, which became the University of North Alabama, and to LaGrange Military Academy, which was burned during the Civil War. Both were located at what is now LaGrange College Site Park. Lenz said the bicentennial has renewed everyone’s interest in the state’s history and they are attending festival and events to learn more about our heritage.
Friday, May 3rd will be school day and senior citizen day. Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th will be open to the public. The festival will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free, and donations are appreciated.
The festival is sponsored by the LaGrange Living Historical Association and provides an opportunity to experience what life was like atop LaGrange Mountain in the 1800s.
Daily activities include tours of a pioneer village, a Civil War living history camp, arts and crafts demonstrations and sales, wagon rides to LaGrange Cemetery and musical entertainment. Saturday’s activities include a reenactment of a raid on a moonshine still at 2 p.m. and a vintage and classic car show. Tours of nearby Dawson Distillery will be available. Local author Robert Steen will attend the festival with copies of his latest books. The LaGrange Observatory will be open for tours. Concessions will be available.
Susann Hamlin, president and CEO of Colbert County Tourism, said Recall LaGrange is one of the most popular festivals in the Shoals. “The organizers and volunteers at Recall LaGrange do a fantastic job teaching the history of Colbert County and the state.”
For more details about the festival call Lenz at 256-446-9324 or Colbert County Tourism at 256-383-0783.