My Dad's family has been in Alabama since the 1700's. Basically central Alabama Clio and Blue Springs Area. My Uncle Edward was the mayor of Clio and it is funny but my Uncle Billy was the Deputy Mayor. What a hoot. Blue Springs would be missed if you blinked your eyes as you drove through but it is still a lovely community with lots of memories that are all good.
You are correct about missing the Dry climate but the beauty of all the green forest is amazing.
Beverly does have some health issues and it is my understanding that Tom (her son-in-law) and her daughter are going to move back there to help take care of her and I guess take to managing Spear Bar. They are good people and I have great confidence in them.
I think Tom will get the Stables back on the map as well as on the net so that people of our demeanor will realize what heritage and help the history and knowledge at Spear Bar can be to those of us that love horses.
I hope you are right. That would be great if they would pick up where Bev and her husband left off. So many herds are destroyed by heirs after a relative's death. They don't understand so do not want to continue to feed the horses so send them to auction. They don't see it as a life's work, just and impediment to selling the property.
Yeah, politics in the Bible belt. They are different but very entertaining and sometimes scary. The good old boy system is alive and well and very blatant here.