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
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.
(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
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
Battles for the Arsenal, November Historic Reenactment.
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.
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
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.
Landmarks and Links
Horseshoe Bend National Park
Alabama State Capitol
Alabama Museum of History and Archives
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.