Eufaula, Ala., is a lot closer than I ever thought. My 18-year-old daughter texted me on her way to Panama City, Fla., for spring break how pretty Eufaula is, and it was where she was going to get married. Naturally, I was curious.
I went to Eufaula two weeks ago, and because of school furloughs, Jessie went too. We drove to Eufaula on U.S. Highway 431, passing Backyard Orchard, a u-pick strawberry farm. We stopped. In October, sisters Allie Corcoran and Cassie Young planted three acres with two different varieties of strawberries (about 43,000 plants). On Monday, they wrote on their Facebook page that there are still plenty of strawberries to pick. They expect the acre of blueberries, 600 bushes planted in November, to be ready in June.
After lunch, we walked down the main street with the beautiful mansions and antebellum homes. Scenes in the movie Sweet Home Alabama were filmed there. We toured Shorter Mansion, an example of Greek revival architecture listed on the National Register. Jessie loved the columns, which are mimicked inside.
After walking around the town, we drove back to Fort Benning on Alabama Highway 165. Eufaula is worth the visit and it’s closer than you think.
Directions: Exit Fort Benning through the Fort Mitchell back gate heading southbound on Alabama Highway 165. Highway 165 connects to U.S. Highway 431 at North Eufaula Ave. Take a left and drive into Eufaula. (Travel info: 34 miles, 43 minutes)