Last month for Av’s birthday, we knew we wanted to wind up in Cragford, Alabama for Av’s birthday supper at Red’s Catfish, so we went the *really-really* roundabout way and went through Rockmart, Georgia. It’s a town that was founded around a quarry and rock market, so many of the buildings have this great look by virtue of being made out of local slate and brick:
Right next door to the main sanctuary of First Baptist:
Church of Christ:
The Post Office has a Section (done during WPA projects) oil by Reuben Gambrell entitled “Kiln Room, Cement Plant”:
Downtown is the really great 1941 West Theatre:
A little out of town is the historic 1846 (or so) Van Wert Methodist Church:
The church looked like this (scroll halfway down) in 2005 and like this in the 1920s.
Nearby Cedartown is the hometown of Sterling Holloway, which I only mention because if you close your eyes and think of Winnie the Pooh’s voice…that’s Sterling Holloway’s voice.
On our way back through for supper, we stopped at — I know it sounds so strange to say this but — one of my favorite cemetery monuments. It’s the B.O. Dawkins monument close to Cragford:
He was 24 and died in 1918 during WWI. A Private in Company E of the 306th Engineers.
On the backside: