Prattville, Alabama: Cross Garden - Hell's Warning Label
W.C. Rice's Cross Garden
"Hell is Hot Hot Hot." If the late W.C. Rice's stark Cross Garden folk art environment doesn't save you, there's no one to blame but yourself. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
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Still there, still weird. It's definitely grown over a lot since I last visited in 2007. It doesn't look like anyone is maintaining it at all; shrubs and trees and weeds are sprouting up everywhere. Doubt much of it will be there in a few more years, so go now if you want to see the Cross Garden![Jeanie, 12/30/2012]
Most of the warnings and crosses are still there, although much deteriorated. The church also needs some repair work, and the garbage behind it needs to be dumped. A bit overgrown, but you are still able to get a good feel for all of the work that W.C. Rice did on this site. We got a few good pictures of the church, and of the crosses from across the street. It is still worth stopping to see.[Scott B., 12/28/2012]
Interesting and creepy. I think due to weather and time, not as many crosses surviving and trees are sprouting up covering some of the art, but overall worth the 10 minute drive off interstate. Also, an actual cemetery in front of the house.[Tansy Ridings, 07/16/2012]
We decided to take a Sunday afternoon drive and ended up looking for this place. It took a while to locate it -- the directions look good, but are kind of vague. It really is something you just have to see. We parked on the side of the road and wandered around on both sides, taking pictures and reading the signs out loud to one another.
While Mr. Rice passed away several years ago, the crosses and signs still decorate the sides of the road, warning of Hell's fury. It is the kind of thing you will never see in a big city. Years of one man's personal mission to bring strangers to God. Yes, I am a church goer but, still, a bit much for me. However, oddly beautiful.[Jan, 03/30/2011]