January 26, 2009

Noccalula Falls

Earlier this month, I went to Noccalula Falls in Gadsden, Alabama. I had never been (that I can remember) before even though it is rather close to where I live.

This is a picture I took of the falls. It had been raining practically everyday that week. My Mom thought it would be a good time to go and take some pictures because of the high waters. She was right! It was really amazing. I plan on going again maybe this summer to see it at its normal water level.

The legend of Noccalula Falls is a tragic love story. Here is the story as posted on their website:

The Legend of Noccalula came from the early times. Originally known as the Black Creek Falls, the legend as written by Mathilde Bilbro says that "long ago, on a mountain summit within sight and sound of a rushing waterfall, lived a great Indian Chief whose young daughter, Noccalula, was famed far and wide for her beauty and loveliness of character." Many gallant braves sought the old chief for the hand of Noccalula, but only one was favored by the girl's father, a rich chief of a powerful neighboring tribe, who had much to offer in exchange: wampum, horses, and blankets. Vainly Noccalula pleaded that her heart was already given to a young brave of her own tribe.

But this young warrior, though noted for his skill and valor, possessed little in worldly goods. The old chief refused to listen and ordered his daughter to make ready for the marriage he had arranged. What was a maiden's silly fancy against many horses, much wampum and union with another strong tribe? The girl's lover was driven from the tribe, and a marriage agreement was made with the neighboring chief.

The wedding day came and a great feast was prepared. In silence Noccalula allowed herself to be arrayed in festive wedding robes. It was incredible!...To be sold to a stranger by the father she loved! Her chosen lover forever banished! Overcome with grief, she quietly slipped away from the merrymakers during the festivities. The soft rhythmical rush of waters called her...a moment she stood poised upon the brink of the yawning chasm. One leap - and her troubles were over.

Heartbroken, the remorseful father gave the great cataract his daughter's name. Since that day the waterfall has been called Noccalula.

Now, the falls is home to a park and campground. It also has a new wedding chapel being built to overlook the falls. I find that to be rather ironic considering the legend of Noccalula. I for one would definitely never get married there.


insomniaclolita said...

it's beautiful, but youre right. Maybe not to get married, but it will be more dramatic going there after bad break ups or something.

Paula said...

It's a lovely legend, but you are right, its not the kind of place I'd get married at. What a great picture!

Anonymous said...

That looks like a very pretty place!

Lee said...

I would get married there.

And then kill him with my blade of might.
All dramatic like.
Rip out his heart and be like "BLARACHADA!"

Yeah. I'm tired. Shush.

Bobby G said...

love waterfalls! they are breathtaking, Ijust like water in general, very relaxing!

Jillene said...

That is GORGEOUS!! But I would NEVER get married there!!

Sheri said...

I love waterfalls too. They are so serene. :)