Aliceville POW Museum
Aliceville operated a World War II German prisoner of war camp which housed up to 6,000 German prisoners at its peak. These prisoners have maintained an interest in Aliceville and have come back two times for reunions. The Aliceville POW Museum houses hundreds of documents, works of art and artifacts collected by townspeople and Germans. Click here for more information.
Tom Bevill Center & Snagboat “Montgomery”
The Tom Bevill Visitor Center located at Pickensville, Alabama, on the Tenn-Tom Waterway is open for your enjoyment and viewing. This significant historical and cultural resource is housed in an antebellum style mansion and contains displays which relate to the history and development of the Tenn-Tom and other waterways in the Southeast.
Dry docked beside the Tom Bevill Center is the U.S. Snagboat MONTGOMERY, one of the last steam-powered stern-wheelers to play the rivers of the South. The Center and the snagboat are adjacent to the Bevill Lock and Dam, where visitors are invited to watch the lockage of vessels traveling between the Gulf of Mexico and the riverports of mid-America. This historic old ship once patrolled the far reaches of the Tombigbee River, removing trees, stumps, sand-bars and other debris that obstructed navigation on the river. For more information please call 205-373-8705 or www.tenntom.org.
Face In The Window
Pickens County Courthouse has the famous “Face in the Window”. It is visited by thousands of people each year. In 1878 Henry Wells was hidden in the garret of the courthouse to save him from an angry mob. As he was looking down at the mob in terror, a flash of lightening “imprinted” his face indelibly on a pain of glass. The picture captures the terror in Henry’s face and can still be seen today after more than 100 years. All other panes of glass have long since been broken and replaced, but the one with Henry’s terrified face imprinted on it still survives.
Historic Methodist Church
Just 10 miles from Aliceville, the Pickensville First Methodist Church is believed to be the oldest church in Pickens County. Established in 1821 and built in 1824, it served as a Confederate hospital in the Civil War. The original church, however, dates back before this building was constructed for in 1779 preaching in the area was carried on by a circuit rider who made his rounds each year from Atlanta to Mobile on horseback. There are Bible verses written in gold script on the walls. In the original church (and as late as 1963), the women sat on the left, and the men sat on the right.
McCrory’s Grave Site
Don’t miss James McCrory’s grave just five miles from Aliceville on Highway 14 East. McCrory was a Revolutionary War soldier who fought in one of Commanding General George Washington’s Life Guards at Valley Forge. Mr. McCrory was born May 15, 1758 at Larga on the River Bann in county Antrim, Ireland.
Pickensville & Cochrane Campgrounds
Are you a camper? Camping on the Tenn-Tom Waterway has been made easy by the Corps of Engineers. The sites include primitive and improved campsites as well as nature trails.
The Pickensville Campground is a Class-A facility open to campers year-round. The one hundred and seventy-six sites have concrete pads, picnic tables, grills, lantern posts, fire rings, electrical and water connections and plenty of shade.
The Cochrane Campground offers a unique recreational opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts. The setting on the banks of the old Tombigbee River provides modern facilities and the “comforts of home”.