I'm walking from Moore Brother's Village Market -- not a full-service market, but a place to pick up high-end wine, beer and gourmet deli items -- to the town's only lodging accommodations, Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast. Taking the long way, down side streets, past bubbling springs and along the river bank, I learn a little bit of history from the town's historical markers. After the Civil War, Magnolia Springs was settled by soldiers from both sides. The community was well-known in the region at the time and highly touted for its pure spring water. It was also once home to a bustling turpentine industry, the remnants of which are long gone. Today, Magnolia Springs is a sleepy hamlet, with its namesake waterway being the last place in the U.S. with a mail route delivered by boat year-round.
The town makes for a relaxing getaway in a bucolic, unhurried setting. It's the kind of place where, if you happen to be visiting at the right time of month, you may get invited to a potluck supper at the community center. Porch swings and rocking chairs keep time at the Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast. Built in 1897 and restored in the 1990s, the inn is a labor of love for owner/innkeeper David Worthington. Worthington, a transplant from north Alabama, knows Magnolia Springs as well as anyone and helps his guests plan activities in the area. There's plenty to do nearby to complement the leisurely strolls and sunset-watching from porch swings.