After enjoying all the threads by teofilo and Dan, I've decided to dig out my camera and get back into photographing small-town Alabama. I decided to start with Loachapoka, AL, chiefly because it's only five miles from where I attend university.
Loachapoka was a Creek Indian town for some decades prior to white settlement. In the last census prior to the Native removal to Oklahoma, Loachapoka was found to have a population of 564. Upon settlement, Loachapoka—temporarily renamed Ball's Fork—became the regional trade center, a position that was reinforced in 1845 when it became the eastern-most point on the railroad to Montgomery. Loachapoka's influence peaked in the early 1870s, when her population reached nearly 1,300. Within a few years, a collapse of trade due to the Panic of 1873 and additional rail lines in the area sent Loachapoka into economic decline. Loachapoka roughly stabilized as a small farming community by the mid-1900s, and by the early 2000s had become a small-town suburb of Auburn.
Loachapoka is home to the annual Syrup Sopping Day. A historical fair and celebration of making syrup in traditional methods from sorghum and ribbon cane, Syrup Sopping Day attracts more than 20,000 people to Loachapoka annually.
The Lee County Historical Society Museum is located in an 1845 general store in the Loachapoka historic district. Nearby, The Rattling Gourd Gallery exhibits regional art and craft workmanship.
As you can see, there's not much to a town of 150 people, but the music cafe (the indoor shot) actually attracts quite a crowd from Montgomery and Auburn on Thursdays and Fridays. Couple that with their annual Syrup Sopping Festival, they make good use of their quaint town.