Leesburg has existed as a community since the mid-1830s; it was named after the Henslees, a prominent local family who settled there in 1836, after the forced removal of the Cherokee Indians for whom the county is named. The first postmaster was in fact Charles Henslee. The town also has been known as Dublin, and its present name was originally spelled "Leesburgh." The first school was established in 1870. A branch of the Southern Railway once ran through the town, but service ended in the 1940s. Leesburg was incorporated in 1958.
Leesburg's population according to the 2010 Census was 1,027. Of that number, 96.5 percent identified themselves as white, 1.9 percent as two or more races, 1.3 percent as Hispanic, and 1.1 percent as black. The town's median household income was $50,093 and the per capita income was $26,975.
Leesburgs's work force in 2010 was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Manufacturing (34.0 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (12.2 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (11.9 percent)
· Construction (9.4 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (7.3 percent)
· Retail trade (6.6 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (6.3 percent)
· Public administration (4.7 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (3.0 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (1.9 percent)
· Finance and insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (1.2 percent)
· Information (0.9 percent)
· Wholesale trade (0.7 percent)
No public schools are located within the Leesburg city limits; students in Leesburg attend Cherokee County Schools.
U.S. Highway 411 runs roughly east-west through Leesburg, and State Road 68 runs north from town.
Cherokee Rock Village, series of rock outcrops popular with climbers, is located 5 miles north of Leesburg. Nearby Weiss Lake offers numerous recreational opportunities, including swimming, boating, camping, and fishing. Leesburg Landing is located on the lake and has walking trails, camping areas, and an RV park. In addition, Leesburg has two city parks with pavilions, grills, and playground equipment, and baseball/softball complex.
Leesburg Day is held the second Saturday in September and features arts, crafts, and food vendors. "Trunk or Treat" is held
every Halloween and is sponsored by Leesburg businesses and the town.
Cherokee County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Cherokee County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1998.
Stewart, Margaret Estelle Ross. Cherokee County History, 1836-1956. Centre, Ala.: n.p., 1958.
James P. Kaetz
Published February 15, 2012
Last updated March 22, 2013