CYPRESS COVE FARM – State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow opened his farm this month to hundreds of students and adults to explore the history of North Alabama in a quite unusual way. The farm, situated just a couple of miles east of Red Bay, was discovered several years ago to be the site of an ancient Indian village. The Native Americans who lived there, an estimated 10-thousand years ago, left behind the artifacts of their culture and their means of surviving the primitive environment in which they lived.
And so, as a part of the statewide, “Alabama 200” bicentennial year, the Red Bay Museum and the Red Bay Civitan Club sponsored the weeks-long archaeological dig. Local archaeologists Jamie and Bill Morrow roped off plots of dirt and provided the tools and equipment necessary for a successful expedition. President of the Alabama Archaeological Society and Cultural Resource Manager/Archaeologist at Redstone Arsenal, Ben Hokesbergen attended the dig. He gave a talk to the participants to help put their artifact finds into a historical and cultural perspective. Indeed, there were lots of interesting items found there beneath the soil!