W. C. Rice Cross Garden - Prattville, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member xptwo
N 32° 27.564 W 086° 30.004
16S E 546984 N 3591468
Quick Description: W.C. Rice began creating his "Cross Garden" in the 1970s. There are several admonitions that "Hell is hot, hot, hot" among other signs.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 4/15/2013 8:28:15 PM
Waymark Code: WMGWCW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lord Elwood
Views: 4

Long Description:
In 2010, this site was named one of Time Magazine's "Top 50 American Roadside Attractions," where they called it an example of American folk art. It was created in the 1970s by W. C. Rice and added to until his death in 2004. Among the signs are several warning the visitors that Hell is hot and they need to make a decision. The garden is located on Indian Hills Road (Autauga County 86) off of U.S. Highway 82 west of Prattville, Alabama. Since this is located in a neighborhood, the best time to come by would be during daylight hours. There is no fee, web page, or posted hours.

"On two small hillsides abutting County Road 86 in Alabama stand thousands of wooden crosses and a smattering of old washing machines, fridges, and other pieces of scrap metal. They all hold messages of despair. "Hell is hot." "You Will Die." Stuff like that. William C. Rice, who died in 2004, built this "garden" as a testament to his salvation by Christ in the late 1970s. While frightening in its fervor, the collection is an example of folk art at its most primitive." source is Time page at (visit link)

"William Carlton Rice passed away on Jan. 18, 2004, at home, surrounded by his family and his Cross Garden. W.C. had been hospitalized for a few weeks fighting pneumonia. He was buried at Prattville Memory Gardens. According to Montgomery Advisor writer Blu Gilliand, widow Marzell Rice said the family plans to maintain the Cross Garden. "We're going to keep it going," said Marzell. "We promised him that." According to Blu, the family may even add on to the Garden in the future." source is Roadside America web page at (visit link)
Type: Personalized Properties

Referenced in (list books, websites and other media):
Weird U.S. : the Oddyssey Continues by Mark Sceurman, Mark Moran, Matthew Lake With Signs Following : Photographs From the Southern Religious Roadside by Joe York http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2006404_2006095_2006138,00.html http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2019


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