Why do we seek out Alabama folklore? Why do we interview the people we meet? The answer is really simple–we like to be educated and entertained by other peoples’ stories. Also, the more unique the storyteller or the story, the greater the likelihood that we, or anyone else for that matter, has not heard the story.
Those that are fortunate enough to understand the true value of transfer of knowledge from one person to the next are much like explorers and treasure seekers. They have a deep desire for adventure and discovery. They feel it in their bones: the adventure is in seeking out the story–the story is the treasure.
For as long as humans have communicated, older persons have been recognized as a critical resource as teachers and advisors. But, that started changing about 100 years ago and today there is a great falling away of seeking out the wisdom of those that have experienced what we may not have. We are becoming a generation of “first time learners” because of our foolish avoidance of talking with others, especially the past generations still among us. We at Digital Alabama want to do our part to improve interpersonal communications and the passing on of the traditions and legends of Alabama.
Tracy “T.O.” Crane was born and raised on his family’s 5th generation farm in Kimberly, Alabama. He still resides there today. He learned the value of hard work by working in the local hay fields, Hughes Egg Farm, Bridlewood Stables and his family’s truck farming operation. He gained further experience working at local supermarkets, where he rose from a sack boy to minor management roles. After college, T.O. pursued a career in law enforcement and intelligence.
Coosada Village, also known as Coosada Creek, Cosauda and Coosauda. Coosada Creek comes from an 1850’s map and it is thought “Creek” was indicative of the inhabitants, Creek Indians, and not used as a name. Additional maps label the area as Rileys Creek or Jones Creek and for a while the name was Coosawda. Present day Coosada is located in Elmore County in the central eastern part of Alabama.
Digital Alabama is for those with an adventurous spirit. We have no ties to travel companies or destinations. Whether you enjoy your adventures from the comfort of your easy-chair, spacious RV or a bone rattling four-wheeler our research and cross reference fomat reveals the unknown and untold. Are We Really Different? We’re not so much into champagne and five star motels.
Open: In season, 7 days a week, Self serve 6 am to 10 pm from May 15 to July 15. Directions: Hwy 98 West to Wilmer, AL. Turn left on Wilmer Road, to 1st paved road on right (4mi) to Howell’s Ferry, turn right , go 1 mile & take 1st left onto Driskell Loop Road. Farm is on corner- Driveway is from Driskell Loop. Prices: in 2011 were $1.50 per lb. There is a $5.00 minimum charge for customers over 6 years of age.