The area of the present town of Midway in Bullock County, Alabama was once known as Feagin’s Store Post Office and Five Points. An Act of Congress on July 7, 1838 provided that a mail route be established from Clayton to Feagin’s Store.
Three Notch Road of 1824 was the Native American trail which Captain Daniel E. Burch followed when he cut the way from Pensacola to Fort Mitchell. The Feagins, Pruitts, Crymers, Halls, Pearsons, Glenns, Mortons, and Kings were early settlers.
Schoolhouse in old Enon Settlement
Along the winding ridge is where the old Enon settlement once existed. Dr. Bank’s had a school house there that ranked high in estimation of scholars. Nearby, General Peter Guerry, an honored figure in east Alabama history is buried. He was born in Georgia but spent the last part of his life on his plantation near Guerryton Station on the Central of Georgia railroad. Also buried in the cemetery are the Travers, Seals, Persons, and other important pioneers.
Prizes were awarded in antebellum days
Chunnennuggee Ridge possessed a special charm. In antebellum days, the Chunnennuggee Horticulture Society was there and once a year, the gardens were opened to guests from distant states, counties, and centers, for the exhibits in floriculture, horticulture, and arts. The event was the high spot of the year, and women wore their prettiest gowns, while the men displayed their finest steeds and carriages. Pavilions and summer houses, walks and drives were made ready. Prizes of silver, crystal and fine porcelain were given.
Peachburg was named after Turnipseed’s farm
Cuts by the railroad in Chunnennuggee Ridge yielded fossils sought by collectors throughout the world. David C. Turnipseed, a planter and fruit grower of Flora, Alabama, was born in the part of Bullock County which was originally part of Montgomery County. He was of German descent and produced a number of variety of fruits. He was a horticulturist and set up a canning factory for his huge fruit farm. The name of the town of Peachburg was derived from his fruit farm.
Many beautiful houses
Chunnennuggee Ridge also had a seminary, an academy, and many churches. Schools offered arts, music, painting, ball room dancing, as well as the classics and science. The Chunnennuggee Camp Meetings were famous in their day.
The summer cottage owned by Senator and Mrs. Thomas Sidney Frazer of Union Springs had high ceilings, deep windows and a large hall that terminated into a big dining room.
Had a Female Seminary
The Chunnennuggee Female Seminary was located between the home of Dr. Norborne B. Powell and the Frazer home. Dr. Powell, was the sponsor of the Female Seminary and Anastasia Powell Foster, mother of Mrs. Mary C. Pittman, was reared in the home and attended the seminary along with Sen. Frazer’s father’s sisters and others.
Ghost likeness remains in the window
The Powell cottage was made famous by Mrs. Agusta Evans Wilson in her story, “At the Mercy of Tiberius”, because on a window pane from the rear entrance of this old home the likeness of Dr. Powell was photographed by lightening as he stood before the window. An African American servant discovered the photograph and the glass pane was taken to the archives in Montgomery, Alabama for safe-keeping.
Another old home of note was the log structure that once belonged to Col. Cunningham, who passed it on to Miss Octavia Atkinson. The home was of logs, whitewashed, with a runway in which fifteen-inch siding was used. It also had a front stoop and an attached kitchen.
A lady in town was an inventor
Octavia tried her hand at invention. When the big gate at the road was swung open to a visitor, a bell tinkled in the log cottage. When the visitor opened the picket gate in front of the cottage, another bell tinkled to let her know. She spent her time amid the wisteria, mimosa, great oaks, and a wealth of beautiful flowers which were characteristic of the Ridge, while she made cotton poodle dogs and other things with her hands.
Mastered a way to get water in her house
She built the ‘smart bucket’ for water utilizing the Ridge topography. She mastered the 100-foot drop at the rear of her home by building a little railway of wood, using boxes, corrugated tin, and rope. On the railway was placed a handmade teacart affair, fitted with a bucket, which with a windlass, solved the question of “going to the spring” – and it never jumped the track.
The Atkinson home was originally the old Cary house, also known as the Captain E. Troup Randle residence. It later became the property of William Turnipseed.
House cost #17,000
The Luther Waller home was built by Charles Stuart and cost $17,000. It originally had mahogany stairs, double hall parlors, large dining room, and elaborate mantels of hand-carved gray marble and butler pantry. The brick kitchen and old Dutch oven were to the back of the home.
- Griswold, Elizabeth Black, History of Bullock County, (term paper written in 1937 for a class in Southern History at Alabama College, Montevallo, Alabama)
Alabama Footprints Confrontation is a collection of lost and forgotten stories that reveals why and how the confrontation between the Native American population and settlers developed into the Creek-Indian War as well as stories of the bravery and heroism of participants from both sides.
Some stores include:
- Tecumseh Causes Earthquake
- Terrified Settlers Abandon Farms
- Survivor Stories From Fort Mims Massacre
- Hillabee Massacre
- Threat of Starvation Men Turn To Mutiny
- Red Eagle After The War