The light house and the fish pond
are part of the pump station park.
direction, is a wide, shallow area in
the river that, according to oldtimers,
was a forge in river where
wagons would cross. I have always
been told that the road itself was
first built as a stage route from
Huntsville to Montgomery. Both
ends of 548 do end at fairly shallow
parts of the river, making this story
seem true. I can also attest that
a majority of the land was once
railroad land, making a stage coach
route fit right in.
Just to the north of the Blue
Hole is the junction. The entire 400
hundred acres that now belongs to
the Monastery is bordered on three
sides by water. The Mulberry River
is on the east and southern ends
of the property, as well as part of
the way up the west side. On the
majority of the western border of
the property we find the Broglen
River. At the junction the Broglen
runs into the Mulberry and turns
back to the southwest. The unique
thing about the Broglen is that it
also borders the west side of St.
Bernard, another monastery here
in Cullman County.
To the north of the junction are
two places along the road that have
a very similar landscape. With
two rivers this close to each other,
they are bound to wind close to
each other a time or two. We call
both of these places the narrows.
The first one that you come to on
your drive is before the Monastery
Property. This first set of narrows is
unique in the fact that the Broglen
The old pump station.
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