Since the late-1980s, the Seminole Restaurant was operated by Michael Parrish and James Holt. According to the damaged signs on the side of the highway, they offered hamburgers, grilled steaks, and catfish.

James Holt is known for having started the first catfish hatchery in Calhoun County and was a veteran of World War II where he served in the United States Navy. He passed away on March 11, 2000 at the age of 81.

Michael Parrish was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Calhoun County in 1987 where he began working at the Seminole Restaurant. When I visited here in 2014, my friend and I met Parrish who came out of the building wearing nothing but boxers and a t-shirt, screaming at the top of his lungs to not touch his cars. He was apparently living there with his dog and at the time, we thought he was a squatter because of the living conditions of the building; trash bags and garbage littered the floor, and even though we standing outside of the door, there was an extremely strong smell of mold coming from within.

We asked about the cars and even if they were for sale, but he only told us that they weren’t for sale and had no plans to sell them despite having people constantly stop by to ask him.

He passed away a year later and it wasn’t long after that the cars were removed from the property. To my knowledge, the building still stands and the property was later sold for a mere $30,000.







2 Comments

  1. Hopefully, the cars were purchased by people who could restore them and give them love. It would be a good thing to have them in a museum or displayed somewhere they would be appreciated, if not being driven once again

  2. would be interested for more infomation