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Notasulga

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Zora Neale Hurston
Notasulga is located in north-central Macon County and southwestern Lee County in the east-central part of the state. Most of the town is located in Macon County. The name means "many teeth" in Muskogean, the language of the Creek Indians. It has a mayor/council form of government. Author Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) was born in Notasulga.
History
Initially, the area that now encompasses Notasulga was named Moore's Cross Roads, after early settler Amos Moore. Moore purchased land in the area in the early 1840s and began advertising lots for sale in "a town called Notasulga," probably after a nearby creek by that name. Settlers soon began moving to the area, and by 1843, the town had its first post office, with Amos Moore as the first postmaster. The Montgomery-West Point Railroad connected Notasulga to the wider world when it came through in 1844.
During the Civil War, Camp Watts, a training facility for conscripted soldiers trained as well as a supply depot and hospital, was located in Notasulga. Confederate and Union graves once marked by headstones have now been lost, and the site is on private land.
Demographics
According to 2016 Census estimates, Notasulga recorded a population of 951. Of that number, 62.3 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 36.2 percent as African American, 1.6 percent as two or more races, and 0.6 percent as Hispanic. The town's median household income was $40,938, and the per capita income was $22,694.
Employment
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Notasulga was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (28.4 percent)
  • Manufacturing (23.3 percent)
  • Retail trade (11.2 percent)
  • Construction (7.0 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (6.4 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (6.2 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (3.7 percent)
  • Public administration (2.6 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (2.4 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (1.1 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (0.8 percent)
Education
Schools in Notasulga are part of the Macon County school system; the town one K-12 school.
Transportation
State Highway 14 runs west-northeast through the town. State Highway 81 runs south from the center of town and intersects Interstate Highway 85 approximately five miles from town.
The Auburn University Regional Airport is located approximately 10 miles northeast of Notasulga.
Events and Places of Interest
Shiloh-Rosenwald School in Notasulga
Tuskegee National Forest is located about three miles southeast of town.
Armstrong Church, Camp Watts, and the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Rosenwald School, and Cemetery are listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. The Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and Rosenwald School are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Additional Resources

Macon County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Macon County. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2003.
Swann, Martha H. History of Notasulga, Macon County, Alabama. N.p.: n.p., n.d.
Published:  July 2, 2013   |   Last updated:  October 6, 2020