ark your calendar now, and make plans to join us in Atmore, Alabama on Saturday, October 25th as residents turn back their clocks to 1866 when their community was named Williams Station - just a supply stop along the Mobile & Great Northern railroad.  It was a simpler time, when life revolved around the railroads and folks marked time by the sound of the steam engines chugging through town or the whistle of the local lumber mill. We invite you to come to the country for an old fashioned sampling of southern heritage seasoned with demonstrating folk artisans, railroad memorabilia.  At Williams Station Day we'll be remembering the past and making memories for the future.



he infamous vagabond, the Goatman, will return to this years Williams Station Day as the star of the 2003 festival shirt.

"The Goatman Makes the Last Payment on the School Bus," a colorful painting by Brewton artist Larry Manning is the graphic for this years shirt.  Many will remember the original Goatman graphic, "The Goatman Arrives at the Station", which appeared on shirts and posters at the memorable 2000 fesitval.  
T-Shirts are currently available at the Atmore Area Chamber office, local banks, and during the festival while they last.



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H istoric Pensacola Avenue is the setting for two seperate art shows, both fine arts and crafts.  Step up close and observe the trades and traditions of your ancestors as artisans demonstrate.  Pottery, fine art, primitive gourds, soap making, birdhouses, baskets, and jewerly just to name a few. . .  Williams Station Day is a great place to purchase those early Christmas gifts.


Blowing into town for this year's festival is Roger "Hurricane" Wilson.

Living Blues Magazine
describes his performance as a "takes no prisoners approach to blues/rock".
With four CD's on the market and an impressive tour schedule, Hurricane has shared the stage with
B.B. King, Taj Mahal, Roomful of Blues, Dickey Betts, Leon Russell, Edgar Winter, Snooky Pryor
and Walter Trout.

Blues in the Zydeco tradition will take the stage in the person of Roy Carrier and the Night Rockers.
From Lawtell, Louisiana, Roy's prowess with the accordion is well known.
With his family including Broussards, Ardoins and Cheniers, Roy Carrier
learned from Zydeco's creators.

Combining the sublime with the explosive,Roy Carrier and the Night Rockers simultaneously
play two forms of  Louisiana music, Zydeco and the Blues. Roy's family, the Carriers, are one
of the great musical Creole clans of the Atchafalaya Basin. Roy, kinsman to both Zydeco king
Clifton Chenier and fiddler Bebe Carrier, sings and plays accordion in many styles: modern Zydeco,
old time La-La, rock 'n' roll and pure blues.

The Storytelling Tent will feature such well known tellers as Wanda Johnson and Jerry Daniel.
This year at Williams Station Day we will be celebrating Alabama's rich storytelling

Featured as a regional teller at the National Storytelling Conference, Wanda's
stories reflect her experiences growing up in a large, colorful family in Prichard,

No stranger to the Williams Station entertainment stage, Jerry Daniel continues
to develop his presentation with both stories and song.  Railroad Bill and stories
from the old Federal Road have provided Jerry with great new material.

                                                 CELEBRATING OUR PAST

W hatwould a fall heritage event be without an old time Cane Mill? We'll be squeezing cane again this year and serving up the juice.  You'll want to purchase a can of fresh squeezed cane syrup before heading home.  Children of all ages will enjoy the Model Train Show located in the Atmore Lions Community Center. 


W hat's a festival without food?  The Poarch Creek Indians will be roasting corn on the cob still in the husks.  Local clubs and churches will join commercial vendors to offer a tempting variety of foods from barbequed ribs to German sausage's . . . So, Come Hungry !


Patrons of the Arts Party
Sponsored by the
First National Bank of Atmore

shinney Juried Fine Arts Show
Shinney Non-Juried Crafts Show
shinney Demonstrating Artisans
shinney Model Train Show
shinney Pumpkin Painting & Carving Contest
shinney 5K Run / biathlon
shinney WSD Tennis Tournament
shinney Entertainment
shinney old time cane mill
shinney Williams Station Train Ride

Williams Station Day 2003
Organized and Coordinated by

For more information contact:
Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce
(251) 368-3305

  Williams Station Day 2003 Sponsors