We here at Serpents of Bienville have a lot of different projects currently running. One project that we are particularly excited about is the Alabama Oddities pieces that Amanda is writing for our social media sites. She is doing daily updates, bringing you a new story every morning, of something strange and odd from our Southern home. Not everyone has social media, so we will be doing weekly rundown's of her stories, which we will be publishing every Sunday. We hope you guys enjoy, and remember to follow us on our social media sites to get daily Alabama Oddities stories. Enjoy
Mary's Favorite Rocker - Monday October 12th
Mary Chambers Bibb is put to rest in Huntsville's first mausoleum, erected in Maple Hill Cemetery. She passed in 1835 at the age of 19, shortly after her wedding day. The young woman was poisoned by one of her servants, having mistaken it for her medicine. Bibb took pleasures in the southern way of living. Her favorite things were her rocking chair to relax her on warm southern evenings, and her elaborate dress she chose to tie the knot in. Well, her family decided she should probably take these totems with her to the other side. She is quite pleased, to this day, that her loved ones were so kind. She still sits upright in her mausoleum, dressed in her wedding gown, rocking back and forth in her favorite chair. Locals swear if you knock on her wall and listen closely, you can hear her rocking still. I bet her Father in law visits her sometimes as well. Oh, he haunts the same cemetery. But that's another story.
Escape of the Innocent - Wednesday October 14th
The haunting on highway 11 is a story of fatally bad luck. A man was accused of killing his girlfriend. He swore he didn't do it. He begged people to believe him, but no one could. He was imprisoned and out on the highway 11 chain gang. The man was telling the truth, and his innocence was proven, but he didn't live to see his name cleared. The same day that the real killer came forward and confessed was the day that the innocent man couldn't handle the wrongful imprisonment anymore. He somehow escaped the chain gang and fled through the woods. He emerged when he thought he was safe, ran into the road trying to flag down a saving ride, and was struck by a passing vehicle. He didn't make it, and folks say he still jumps out in the middle of the road, falling his arms, without giving anyone time to stop. People report hitting the man with their car, and then pass straight through the ghostly figure.
The Man Inside the Tunnel - Thursday October 15th
Legend has it that when men were pouring the concrete slabs, a fellow worker became stuck in the setting rock, unable to dislodge himself. The other workers didn't know how to save him either, so they all decided to just leave him. The story is that he never escaped before the cement hardened, so there is a full-grown man entombed in the wall of this tunnel. If you visit this tunnel, run your hand down the wall slowly. When your hand becomes cold, you have found the place where the man’s heart rests.
You Forgot Your Helmet - Friday October 16th
In a Tuscaloosa newspaper, dated January 9, 1931, a man named Glenn from Townley, Alabama gave an account of a disturbing discovery. He came across a large sack purposefully hidden in a swamp near his town. The bag’s contents chilled him, and he alerted authorities immediately. He had discovered a bloody and tattered aviator helmet, vest and pants, as well as some mechanical parts, yet as far as they knew, no pilot was missing and no crash site was ever found. This mystery goes unsolved to this day
Organs and a Missing Head - Saturday October 17th
Mary Stringfellow, the namesake of the Hospital, played the organ at her church. It kept her at peace in life, and still so in death. She is said to play the organ for and folks in the hospital willing to listen. That’s where the happy haunt hunting ends, however. The more terrifying ghost won’t come looking for you, mostly because he blew his head off with a shotgun during his stay here, but you will see him if you happen to be staying in the same room in which he died. He appears in the corner, perfectly still, his whole head missing and blood covering the walls behind him.
He Was Looking for a Hero - Sunday October 18th
The Battle at Fort Blakely actually took place April 9th, 1865, six hours after General Lee surrendered and ended the Civil War. Blakely as a town was mostly a barren one, going from being larger and more densely populated than Mobile to being almost completely wiped out by yellow fever, so civilian casualties were not much to worry about, except for that of a sweet little boy names Jeffrey. Jeffrey looked up to the confederate soldiers, and they befriended him, even provided him with a uniform helmet just like theirs. The Union soldiers saw this boy in the helmet, though and mistook him for the enemy. Upon capture they realized he was just a boy. Story goes that they heinously used Jeffrey as a guinea pig to find the land mines buried in the field by the confederates. The boy tragically lost his life that day, and he is still seen in full apparition walking around the exterior of the field where he died. One maintenance worker saw Jeffrey appear right beside him on his mower, and the man turned on a dime back to the office, ditched the mower and never returned to work another day at Blakely State Park.