As much as Sweetums and I love roadside oddities, sometimes we come across a sight that makes even our mouths drop. I can’t remember one that caused us the consternation as the one we saw Friday in Baldwin County, Alabama.
It was a roadside display of knick-knacks. We’ve seen a few of those, often groupings of little concrete garden statues, sometimes handmade objects or folk art. What we found Friday was different. It was actually a little frightening.
It was nearing dusk and we were traveling Alabama Highway 59, a two-lane country road. We left Mobile that afternoon heading home but, as usual, we didn’t take a direct route to Huntsville.
We had just remarked on a sign for the Chrysler community, saying we’d never heard of it, and were headed toward a place called Little River (there’s a more well-known Little River in north Alabama). As we drove past a row of what appeared to be weathered stuffed animals set in various scenes along the road, Sweetums pointed and I looked out the window, mouth open. Then we looked at each other with the unspoken message that we were going to turn around and go figure out what the heck we’d just seen. We were able to park in a dirt road directly across from the display so we could walk over and take photos.
It was so creepy and had no purpose we could discern. I was a little nervous already when I heard voices in the woods beyond the dirt road so I got in the car and locked the door while Sweetums made a video.
Take a look and decide for yourselves. A few things you can’t tell from the photos: a T-shirt with a message against domestic violence, a book cover made from wood with a title painted on the spine, “The Farmer: EIEIO,” the spray-painted message “Lives Matter” alongside a painted teddy bear, followed by another painted message “Give a Damn.”
The strangest part of the display was what appeared to be the figure of a woman made from a stuffed dress and set on a log, its “arms” holding an empty soda bottle. It had no head. Nearby lay a little girl’s dress.
The groupings and messages made little sense to us. What do you think?
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