Calling all history buffs

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Calling all history buffs

There’s something special about stumbling upon a small town in the South. There’s a certain magic to be discovered within these tight-knit communities, be it a cozy inn or an old-school barbecue joint. If you’re looking for a destination filled with Southern charm, Eufaula, Alabama, doesn’t disappoint.

About 85 miles southeast of Montgomery, Eufaula sits on the border of Alabama and Georgia. The town overlooks Walter F. George Lake(also called Lake Eufaula), a 45,000-acre body of water that’s part of the Chattahoochee River. First settled in 1816, the area is packed with both history and natural beauty. Here are three things you probably didn’t know about Eufaula.

It’s home to one of the largest historic districts in Alabama.

Take a step back in time as you tour the antebellum homes in Eufaula. Visit the Seth Lore and Irwinton Historic District to see over 700 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. See the substantial architecture collection, with styles that range from Italianate to Greek Revival to Victorian. Go on a tour of the Shorter Mansion, the most notable antebellum homes, and admire the 17 Corinthian columns surrounding the exterior. Inside, you’ll find the Eufaula Historical Museum, along with a collection of antique furnishings. 

Tour more of the town’s historic homes in April during the annual Eufaula Pilgrimage. Southern belles in old-fashioned hoop skirts greet you at the front doors.

Walter F. George Lake is the Bass Fishing Capital of the World.

Anglers, keep your poles at the ready. Each year, over 10,000 fisherman flock to Walter F. George Lake to experience what’s touted as the best bass fishing in the world. While the lake is a popular spot for tournaments, novice anglers enjoy casting lines too.

Outdoor enthusiasts will also want to check out Eufaula’s National Wildlife Refugee to observe natural wildlife and explore the beautiful terrain.

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Eufaula goes all out for Christmas.   

If you loved the historic tour of homes in April, then you’ll especially love them when they’re decked out in Christmas decor. Antebellum homes dressed in their holiday best are open to visitors on the first Saturday of December each year.

Stay in town for the Downtown Eufaula Christmas Parade. For over five decades, locals have been celebrating the holiday season with a festive parade filled with marching bands, floats, decorated riding lawnmowers, and more.