Old Abbeville River Bridge
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OLD ABBEVILLE RIVER BRIDGE, THE. American, Reel (2/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Old Abbeville River Bridge" was composed by south Georgia fiddler Warren Smith and commemorates an old wooden bridge nearly a mile long along the main highway (Rt. 208) from Rhine to the Abbeyville, Wilcox County, south Georgia, area. The main river there is the Ocumulgee, spanned at one time (like nearly all the bridges in Wilcox County) by wooden structures that were susceptible to winter flooding. In the great flood of 1925 the river at Abbeville had risen to 20.1 feet, 11 feet above flood stage.
As the Ocmulgee drops to the Coastal Plain, its slope gentles, its currents become shallower and darkened with silt, and its floodplain broadens to as much as three miles across, becoming a thickly wooded landscape of hardwood swamps, creeks, and oxbow lakes. Below Abbeville the river begins a dramatic easterly sweep—the "Big Bend"—which cradles rolling hills of longleaf pine forests and hardy undergrowth.
- New Georgia Encyclopedia, "Ocmulgee River", https://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/geography-environment/ocmulgee-river