The Henagar area was first settled around 1855. The town is named after George Henegar, an early settler. The spelling of the town's name apparently results from it being misspelled by a U.S. Postal Service official when a post office was assigned to the town in 1878. The first public school was built in 1901. The town remained unincorporated until 1965.
Henagar's population according to the 2010 Census was 2,344. Of that number, 96.2 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 1.8 percent as Native American, 1.6 percent as two or more races, and 1.4 percent as Hispanic or Latino. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $32,130, and the per capita income was $21,701.
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Henagar was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Manufacturing (30.4 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (13.7 percent)
· Construction (11.5 percent)
· Retail trade (9.0 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (6.4 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (6.1 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (5.8 percent)
· Wholesale trade (4.2 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (3.6 percent)
· Public administration (3.1 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (2.9 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (2.7 percent)
· Information (0.5 percent)
Schools in Henagar are part of the DeKalb County School System; the town has approximately 359 students and 23 teachers in one junior high school.
State Highway 40 runs roughly east-west through the city, and State Highway 75 roughly north-south. Several country roads also serve the area.
Events and Places of Interest
The Sand Mountain Potato Festival is held in July in Henagar to pay tribute to the area's potato farming roots. It features a car show, arts and crafts fair, a horseshoe tournament, live music, children's games, and food vendors, some featuring the potato.
The Hawkins Place is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
DeKalb County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of DeKalb County, Alabama. Vol. 1. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1998.
DeKalb County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of DeKalb County, Alabama. Vol. 2. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2008.
James P. Kaetz
Published August 31, 2012
Last updated August 31, 2012