Alabama’s stunning state capitol is built on one of the highest points in Montgomery and is nicknamed Goat Hill for, back in the day, its use as a pasture in which goats roamed.
According to the Alabama Archives, Andrew Dexter, one of the founders of the town, had held on to a prime piece of property in long anticipation of the capital’s eventual move to Montgomery. Dubbed “Goat Hill” for its use as pasturage, the site retained that affectionate appellation despite attempts to dignify the spot with names like “Lafayette Hill” (after the 1825 visit of the Marquis de Lafayette) and “Capitol Hill” (after the 1847 construction of the Capitol).
Alas, Goat Hill stuck and has been used affectionately ever since.
Stacy Harris has authored three cookbooks and filmed a great DVD for Deer & Deer Hunting about sustainable living and cooking venison and wild game. She and her family live in Montgomery, and she’ll be at the Goat Hill Museum in the capitol on Nov. 14 for a cooking demo and signing.
If you live in the area, give her a visit. If not, be sure to check out her great cookbooks and DVD in ShopDeerHunting.