historical spot on Shades Mountain known as Sunset Rock is located on
a bluff overlooking Shades Valley in the city of Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham. This beautiful spot has been, for many years, one of
the tourist attractions of the city of Birmingham.
Colonel Thomas W. Farrar, one of the first two
legislators in Alabama, a lawyer of note, and the first Worshipful
Master of the Farrar Lodge in Old Elyton, and Worshipful Grand Master
of the Masonic Lodge of Alabama, when it met at Cahaba, the then
Capitol of Alabama, gave the name to this spot. Colonel Farrar and
his bride, Seraphine, whom he married in New Orleans, came through the
Valley of Shadows, the name given the valley below the bluff by the
Indians, on their way to their new home in Elyton. Traveling by
oxen-wagon they made their camping place for the night at the site of
Sunset Rock. Here on the high crest of rocks, on the bluff
overlooking the Valley of Shadows, they camped for several days.
They carved their names and the date on Sunset Rock and it can still be
Seraphine F. Farrar
This rock also bears the legend of Lover's
Leap. A young Indian princess and her dashing young Indian brave
were deeply in love. After a while the Indian brave became tired
of the love of the princess and, using a bone dagger, he stabbed her
while standing on the bluff. He immediately regretted his action
and carried both himself and the princess over the cliff to their
Today this area is located in
the neighborhood of Bluff Park just off Shades Crest Road. The
Valley of Shadows is known as Shades Valley. It is still a
beautiful spot, especially in the fall when the leaves in the valley
below and on Red Mountain beyond are turning fiery red.
Sunset Rock Chapter was organized March 28,
1952, at the Mountain Brook home of Lois Bradley and Pat Pugh.
Mrs. R. W. Gilbert was the organizing regent. The charter was
presented by Mrs. Jim Lane (1928 State Regent), Mrs. John Luttrel
Regent-elect), and Mrs. Smith Fallaw (State Regent and sponsor of
Rock Chapter). Each of the original fifteen members signed the
charter. They were:
---Regent Others: Lois Pugh Bradley
Maud Craig------ Vice
Picture made at
organizing meeting. Seated in front (L-R) Mrs. Lane, Mrs. Fallow,
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