Crooked Creek Museum (Cullman County, Alabama)

on June 10, 2013 in American Civil War, Places
Clarkson-Legg Covered Bridge

The Clarkson-Legg Covered Bridge,
just a few miles from the Crooked Creek Museum.

One of the more off-beat things I visited while doing my field research in Alabama was the Crooked Creek Museum in Cullman County. Opened in 2006, the site is the labor of love of one Fred Wise, and is dedicated to the a little skirmish that took place on April 30, 1863 as part of Nathan Bedford Forrest’s pursuit of Abel Streight’s Raid.

Wise has a cabin converted into his museum, with a modest gift shop and a much larger display room, filled with Wise’s collection of Civil War artifacts and a handful of dioramas of both the Crooked Creek action and other Civil War battles. Wise’s property also includes a trail down to picturesque Crooked Creek, which is a pleasant walk and adjoins a picnic area and small campground.

Near the Crooked Creek Museum is the Clarkson-Legg Covered Bridge, another picturesque destination. Forrest’s chase of Streight passed by this area too, but the bridge dates to 1904. If you are approaching by way of U.S. Highway 278 to get to the county road (see below), you will see signs pointing out both the bridge (turn left) and the museum (go straight).

These are both minor attractions of the quaint and roadside variety, but if you are a Civil War buff and should find yourself on I-65 near Cullman, or in north-central Alabama generally, the museum and bridge are about 9 miles from the interstate. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a nice break from the road.

Crooked Creek Museum is located at 516 County Road No. 1127. Admission is $5, and if you want to camp there, call ahead and talk to Fred Wise at 256-739-2741.


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