The other day, I was reading an article about different states and how tourism departments are really getting into designating trails to get people interested in driving around and seeing different places in a region (like the quilt trails and wine and bourbon trails). Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association is promoting something they’re calling the ‘Hallelujah Trail’ – it’s a driving trail of 32 churches are each at least 100 years old, are on their original location, and still holding services. When we were coming home from Moulton last weekend, we decided to see the one that’s on the map for Hartselle. It’s called the Hartselle Tabernacle:
Isn’t it something? It was built as the shelter for the annual 10-day camp meeting revival. On the raised area in the back of this pic are rocking chairs:
Cedar logs are what holds up everything. The little plaque next to it with the ‘h’ is the Hallelujah Trail designator.
These little cabins must be what people stay overnight in:
The state tourism website describes the trail as:
Winding across the northernmost part of the state, the Hallelujah Trail will take you to elegant Gothic Revival buildings and hand-hewn log structures. You’ll hear stories of Cherokee Native Americans who organized their own Methodist congregation and of parishioners who heard the cannons of the Civil War’s Battle of Shiloh while at church more than 60 miles away. You’ll visit thriving cities, charming towns, and tiny dots on the map. Along with rich history and arresting architecture, the Hallelujah Trail offers glimpses into the spirit of the Deep South and its people.
I didn’t see the trail brochure available online to download, but if you email your mailing address to info AT alabamamountainlakes DOT org they will send you one.