MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The town of Gurley has several fun things planned to celebrate The Spirit of Christmas this year.
They’ll get started with the Gurley Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 10th. The event kicks off with a pancake breakfast Cumberland Presbyterian Church from 7 to 9 a.m. located at 223 Section Line Road, Gurley, Alabama. At 10:00 a.m. the annual parade will be held in the historic district of Gurley, with floats, bands and marching teams from many local organizations. People are welcome to line the streets to watch the festivities and welcome the arrival of Santa in Gurley.
The events continue on Sunday, December 11th, from 2-5 p.m. A Christmas Market at the United Methodist Church Annex, 121 College Street, Gurley, will have all types of crafts and goods available for purchase from 2-5 p.m. on December 11th. Lunch will be available for purchase from 1-5 in the Methodist Church parking lot, and will be prepared by Big Daddy’s.
From 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., the Gurley Historical Association will host an historic home tour. Longtime residents with rich historical information and stories will be on-hand to welcome visitors into four homes, two local churches.
The homes on tour this year consist of one Queen Anne Victorian home, one Victorian Cottage, and farmhouse, and a modern fortified system home.
Houses featured are:
• Smith-Given-Simpson House, 226 Section Line Road, two-story Queen Anne Victorian, built in 1897 by Architect Henry A. Smith
• Mobley House-212 Church Street, Folk side Gable Victorian cottage, Ca 1895
• Mobley -182 Church Street-home sits on the Union Church building property that housed four denominations in the late 1800s, home built in 2015
• Hopper-Childers home – reminiscent of farm homes designed by Fred Hopper in the 60s in the purchased by the Childers in early 1980. Childers addition remains true to the architectural design of the original structure, Ca 1977
United Methodist Church, Cir. 1891, 121 College Street, Gurley, Alabama, Gothic Style
Cumberland Presbyterian, Cir. 1912, 223 Section Line Road, Gurley, Alabama, Gothic Style
Gurley 1st Baptist Church, Cir. 1967, 185 Joplin Street, Post Modern Era – refreshments at 5:00 p.m., Christmas Cantata is 5:30
There will also be a Christmas Tree Lane at Charles Stone Park Dec 3-26th.
Luminaries will line the streets of the district from 4-9 p.m.
Tickets for the home tour are $10 each, and may be purchased at the door of any of the homes on the day of the event, or purchased in advance at Kilgore Pharmacy on Hwy. 72 in Gurley.