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Trinity

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Trinity is located in northwest Morgan County in the north-central part of the state, just west of the city of Decatur. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
History
Artist's Rendering of Forest Home Plantation
The Trinity area began to be settled as early as the 1810s as plantation owners built homes on the elevated site to escape the plague of mosquitos in the lowlands, where their plantation houses stood. A Methodist church had been established by 1820. Public education lagged behind, as most of the large landowners had private tutors for their children. The first public school in Trinity evolved out of one of the planation schools and in 1874 opened as the private Mountain Springs School. It became Lile College in 1900, after the family that started it.
Trinity's first post office was established in 1848 but closed in 1853. The area was known for its rock quarries in its early years and also served as a stagecoach stop. The post office was reopened in 1866, and the town took on the name Trinity Station. Trinity incorporated in 1901 and changed its name back to Trinity in 1903.
Demographics
According to 2016 Census estimates, Trinity recorded a population of 2,110. Of that number, 86.2 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 11.2 percent as African American, 1.3 percent as Asian, 0.8 percent as Hispanic, 0.6 percent as two or more races, and 0.4 percent as Native American. The town's median household income was $70,568, and the per capita income was $28,381.
Employment
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Trinity was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Manufacturing (25.7 percent)
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (17.6 percent)
  • Construction (10.8 percent)
  • Retail trade (8.8 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (7.2 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (6.8 percent)
  • Information (5.3 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (5.1 percent)
  • Public administration (4.2 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (4.1 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (3.0 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (1.4 percent)
Education
Schools in Trinity are part of the Morgan County Schools; the town has one elementary school, one middle school, and high school.
Transportation
Trinity is served by U.S. Highway 72, which runs east-west on the northern edge of the city, and State Highway 24, which runs northeast-southwest along the southern edge of the city.
Events and Places of Interest
Trinity maintains two municipal parks that include playground equipment and baseball fields, among other amenities. Cedar Ridge Golf Course list just southeast of the city. The Forest Home, also known as the Absalom L. Davis House (c. 1857), was listed on the National Register of Historic Places; it burned in 1991. The William E. Murphy House (c. 1800) was also on the National Register as well as the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage; unfortunately it was destroyed in the tornado outbreak of 2011.

Additional Resources

Knox, John. History of Morgan County, Alabama. Decatur, Ala.: Decatur Printing Company, 1966.
Morgan County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Morgan County, Alabama. Clanton. Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1998.
Published:  September 28, 2012   |   Last updated:  January 21, 2021