I’m pretty sure I was drawn to this place for a reason – the Cheezy Americana energy is strong. Like the Force is strong in the Star Wars Universe.
Come to think of it, I was pulled to this area. Ok, maybe it was more like how a moth is pulled to a flame. But in my defense, I didn’t know any of this stuff was here before I started exploring the area.
Remember George Barber? My second cousin, (probably)? That guy who loves goofy roadside attractions, like Bamahenge? (We have to be related.)
Well, Bamahenge isn’t his only goofy roadside attraction… On his massive, wooded property leading up to Barber Marina, Mr. Barber let loose dinosaurs, knights, the World’s Largest Sundial, a Caesars Palace-style fountain, and the Lady in the Lake. (It’s mostly pictures from here on out, so don’t give up now.)
Dinosaurs and Knights in the Woods
You went to Bamahenge, right? Good. Well, keep heading down the same road and before long you’ll start to see dinosaurs in the woods.
Godzilla’s cousin, T-Rex is in Elberta, Alabama.
You know I had to look up that name. They don’t make movies about Ceratopsia because it doesn’t roll off the tongue like “raptor”.
After the Stegosaurus, keep heading south.
The World’s Largest Sundial is hidden back off the road. It’s behind a fence, and the area is not well maintained. This was as close as I could get… if you look closely you can see the tall, metal dial reaching up toward the trees.
Ok, so I’m not 100% sure this is the World’s Largest Sundial, but it’s certainly the largest I’ve ever seen, and it has to be the largest in Alabama.
Keep heading south toward Barber Marina. At the entrance, you’ll find a fountain reminiscent of Caesars Palace. For all I know, Mr. Barber bought it from them. I’m starting to think he’s the kind of guy who would do that. Hey, he commissioned Bamahenge.
Drive toward the only building that looks like it isn’t for ship maintenance or storage and park your car. On the way, you’ll see some statues scattered about…
Knights in the Woods
Look for the nice little park. Walk around and you’ll see the knights sort of hidden among the bushes. I think there are four. Can’t find the knights or the park? Do what I did and grab a snack at the marina convenience store. While you’re at the counter, ask the nice lady the stupid questions she undoubtedly gets all day long.
And now, the most popular attraction in Barber Marina…
Lady in the Lake
From my conversation with the store clerk (see above), the Lady in the Lake is the most popular of Mr. Barber’s attractions. Commissioned by Mr. Barber, she is posed as if she, a fifty-foot woman, is sitting in the marina, with only her head and knees showing. And, she floats around the lake!
The Lady in the Lake isn’t always on display, so it’s a good idea to call before driving out there. She wasn’t in the water when I first went, but the many other goofy roadside attractions were well worth the trip, and a second trip was a pleasure. The marina is beautiful all on its own.
She reminds me of a character in the old sci-fi movie, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.
I wonder if Mr. Barber saw that movie. Ya think?