Covered Bridge Inn
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The Covered Bridge Inn is located in the heart of Blount County, Alabama, in the county seat, Oneonta. Blount County was created by the Alabama Territorial Legislature on February 6, 1818, formed from land ceded to the federal government by the Creek Nation on August 9, 1814. This county was named for Governor Willie Blount of Tennessee, who provided assistance to settlers in Alabama during the Creek War of 1813-1814. Blount County lies in the northeastern quadrant of Alabama and is bordered by Cullman, Marshall, Etowah, Jefferson, Walker, and St. Clair counties and covers 650 square miles. The cities and towns surrounding Oneonta are Allgood, Blountsville, Cleveland, Hayden, Highland Lake, Locust Fork, Nectar, Rosa, Smoke Rise, Snead, and Susan Moore. The towns of Warrior, Altoona, County Line, and Garden City lie just beyond the county's border.
Blount County has earned the title of "Covered Bridge Capital of Alabama" since it has more historic covered bridges standing within a single county than any other in the state. The county has three: Swann Covered Bridge (the longest surviving bridge in the state), Horton Mill Covered Bridge (holds the distinction of being the highest covered bridge above any waterway in the United States), and the Easley Covered Bridge. There was a fourth one, Nectar Covered Bridge. Sadly, it was destroyed by arsonists in 1993. As of summer 2009, the three remaining bridges were closed to traffic due to safety concerns at the recommendation of the Alabama Department of Transportation. Fortunately funds have been secured and repairs are scheduled to be completed in 2011. At that time, the bridges will be open to traffic. A local organization, The Friends of the Covered Bridges of Blount County, was formed by concerned citizens whose goal is to promote the preservation of covered wooden truss bridges, to gather and record knowledge of their history, and to collect and preserve pictures, printed, and manuscript materials, and other items of historical interest pertaining to them. Click here to learn more about their efforts.
The county is home to an abundance of outdoor activities such as Rickwood Caverns State Park and the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River where many canoeists and kayakers frequent. Palisades Park has free admission and has walking and hiking trails, rappelling, playground, pioneer village, picnic areas, amphitheater, and more. Several buildings are available for small rental fees to accommodate meetings, family reunions, weddings, receptions, and other activities. The Limestone Springs and Heritage golf courses are located in Oneonta and are both named as one of the top 18 courses in the area by Birmingham Business Journal. Other nearby courses include Plantation Golf, Whispering Pines, and Whippoorwill.
Spring Valley Beach is Alabama's first aquatic theme park and located near Blountsville. There is also the Freeman Historical Park just up the road. The Blount County Memorial Museum located on the courthouse square has displays that detail the county's unique history.
For more information on Blount County, please visit www.blountoneontachamber.org.