The town of Juliette is an unincorporated town, which was first called Glover, after Dr. Glover, who built the cotton mill near the river in East Juliette. Juliette received its name from the daughter of the engineer that built the railroad in 1882. Her name was Juliette McCracken. McCracken Street is still the name of the main street today.
Juliette once was a bustling railroad community during the early 1900s. The train depot was built soon after the railroad. Over time, the railroad industry declined. A great amount of shipping business passed through the depot for many years from the mill and local cotton growers. The first Juliette school was built near the church, but burned in 1907. The school was rebuilt and still stands today, but closed in 1943.
The industries began to decline in the 50s and so did the small town. One by one merchants closed down their shops. The town was nearly forgotten until 1991 when movie producers for the film “Fried Green Tomatoes” discovered Juliette, they reconstructed the existing buildings into the fictional community of Whistle Stop. With the help of Fried Green Tomatoes being filmed, the small community is slowly coming back to life.
Today, Juliette is a vibrant community where guests can step onto the movie set and have a plate of fried green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, right where Idgy sat (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily). After enjoying a delicious meal, guests can stroll through the scenic community and browse for unique gifts, or collectibles in the shops along McCrackin Street.
As you walk down the small street you hear the train’s whistle blowing in the distance. If you close your eyes you can imagine Ruth Jamison (Mary-Louise Parker) and Idgy Threadgoode (Mary Stuart Masterson) throwing cans of food off the train to the homeless people.
Down the tracks you’ll find the mill and the dam. If you continue past the mill you’ll come across the river cabins. Rent a river cabin and explore, you won’t be disappointed. The cabins are right next to the water and very well worth the stay.
If you travel up the road about a mile you can visit Ruth and Buddy’s grave. Bring some honey for Ruth, as you’ll find jars that have already been left on her grave.
Juliette is great for a day trip, or a stay overnight. There isn’t very much to do in Whistle Stop, but there is plenty to do and see in the area.
To rent one of the river cabins in Juliette check out their Facebook page below.