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Heritage  In Tallassee you will find a wealth of Indian lore, Civil War history, beautiful old homes, and true Southern Hospitality.

The Story of Tukabatchi

Tukabatchi, the last great capitol of the Creek Nation, was located about one mile south of Tallassee, or Talisi, as it was called by the Creeks.   It was believed to have been the second largest city on the North American continent in the last 1700s and early 1800s.

In the center of the village stood a huge oak tree where the Indians carried on important business.  Under this "Great Council Tree" unfolded one of the most romantic stories of our area's Indian history.  In 1811, the great Shawnee warrior Tecumseh, visited Tukabatchi.  Standing under the great oak he made an impassioned plea for the Creeks to join the Indian confederation against the white man.  When the Creeks hesitated to give such a pledge, Tecumseh threatened to return to his native Ohio country and stamp his foot with such force that they would feel the earth tremble in Tukabatchi.  Several days after his departure, a slight earthquake occured and tremors rocked the village of Tukabatchi.  This incident helped persuade the Indians to join in the Creek War in which they were defeated by General Andrew Jackson at the nearby Battle of Horseshoe Bend.

Unfortunately, a wind storm destroyed this historic "Council Tree" in 1929.  Later that year, the Alabama Anthropological Society placed a monument on the site which was fashioned from a granite boulder taken from the bed of the Tallapoosa River.  This monument was moved to Tallassee's Bicentennial Park in 1975, along with the "Long Bell" which was in stalled in the 1844 Mill tower in 1886.

Tallassee Armory Alabama Historical Marker
Confederate Armory (June 1864 - April 1865)

When the South's strength was declining in the Spring of 1864 and the Confederacy feared the security of Richmond Virginia, they relocated the Richmond Carbine Factory to the old 1844 cotton mill in Tallassee and began manufacturing the Tallassee Cavalry Carbines.

As the was raged on, raiding Union troops led by both Major Generals Rousseau and Wilson miraculously bypassed Tallassee, leaving this the only Confederate Armory that survived the Civil War.  The few muzzle-loading carbines still in existence today are considered collector's items.  The armory is currently privately owned.

The Battles for the Arsenal, November Historic Reenactment.

Tallassee Historical District                                

Roxy Gardens Facade Roxy Gardens Interior
  • Roxy Theater

Built on James Street in the late 1920s, the Roxy Theater was known as the social "hotspot" downtown.  The building was gutted by fire in 1945 and lay in ruins until the current owners of the Hotel Talisi restored it in 1994 as a courtyard cafe and reception area.  With antique and craft stores, the Hotel Talisi the restored Roxy Courtyard, and various other businesses, the downtown area, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is once again a popular place.

Hotel Talisi Entrance

Hotel Talisi Lobby

  • Hotel Talisi 

Experience the charm of the past with the comfort of the present.  Step back in time as you walk along the wide floral-carpeted hallways which are decorated with authentic antiques.  Relive the 1920s and enjoy the player piano as you sit on "old fashioned" velvet sofas under sparkling chandeliers and whirring ceiling fans.  Sumptuous Southern buffets are served daily at the Hotel with a taste and style that can only be described as "Mama's home cooking"! 

  • Tallassee Historical Preservation Society

The Tallassee Historical Preservation Society is a group of dedicated citizens of Tallassee who have undertaken the mission of preserving many of Tallassee's historic treasures, many of which are in danger of being sold, destroyed, or decomposing.   THPS holds a "Sweet Summer Nights" Street Dance every July in the Tallassee Historical District to raise funds which will support their preservation efforts.

Area Historical Landmarks and Links

Fort Toulouse/Jackson Park

Horseshoe Bend National Park

Alabama State Capitol

Alabama Museum of History and Archives

Old Alabama Town

To learn more about historic Tallassee and the many exquisite homes in our city, please reference Virginia Noble Golden's A History of Tallassee (printed by Mount Vernon Mills), E.W. Wadsworth's A History of Tallassee, or contact the Tallassee Historic Preservation Society.