Abbeville was named after a nearby creek Americans Indians called Yatta Abba, meaning “a grove of dogwood trees.” It was founded in 1823 in the southeastern corner of Alabama. Long before colonialists moved into the wiregrass region of state, the Creek and Seminole Indians inhabited this area. In 1859 young William Calvin Oates, future governor of Alabama, established his law practice in Abbeville. At the dawn of the Civil War, Oates organized a company of 121 men on the steps of the Abbeville Courthouse. This group, known as Company G of the 15th Alabama, marched northward and would later be immortalized at Gettysburg’s Little Round Top, with many never to return home. Though he lost his right arm in battle, Oates returned to Abbeville after the war and resumed his legal career. In November 1894, he was elected governor after serving seven consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pride and enthusiasm for home still inundates the citizens of Abbeville. Today, the biggest advocate for the small town located 30 minutes north of Dothan is the big guy wearing a bright-yellow hat and cowboy boots, as seen in TV commercials. Jimmy Rane saved the Old Standard Oil Filling Station from ruins by turning it into office space for his Great Southern Wood Preserving company. He also started a 1950s-style restaurant, named Huggin’ Molly’s, a mainstay in his hometown. Come visit Abbeville and meet the legendary Yella Fella, tour an old cemetery where some of the founding fathers are buried, and have a Yatta Abba weekend dining on local fare and enjoying music, arts and crafts and more.