Rehobeth


Rehobeth is located just southwest of Dothan in west-central Houston County in the extreme southeastern corner of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.

History 

Rehobeth began as a crossroads community in the 1890s on the routes from Cottonwood to Geneva and Dothan to Graceville. Originally, it was dubbed Sanders after one of the first two settlers to build a house at the crossroads; the first post office also was called Sanders.

Early businesses in the area included a grist mill, a sawmill, a hatchery, and a cotton gin. The saw mill closed during the Great Depression. The earliest school in the area was built sometime in the 1860s, but it wasn't until 1903 that one was built in the town. Associated with the Rehobeth Baptist Church, the school also took the name Rehobeth. It is unclear when the town itself became known as Rehobeth, which is actually a misspelling of the Biblical name Rehoboth.

A high school was built in 1929 and new buildings were added throughout the 1960s. The town was incorporated, according to one source, in 1996.

Demographics 

Rehobeth's population according to the 2010 Census was 1,297. Of that number, 95.9 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 2.5 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 1.5 percent as African American, 0.9 percent as two or more races, 0.8 percent as Native American, and 0.2 percent as Asian. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $51,328, and the per capita income was $20,195.

Employment 

According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Rehobeth was divided among the following industrial categories:

· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (24.0   percent)
· Construction (12.6 percent)
· Retail trade (12.4 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (10.5 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (8.9 percent)
· Manufacturing (7.8 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (7.8 percent)
· Public administration (3.7 percent)
· Information (3.6 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (2.6 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services   (2.5 percent)
· Wholesale trade (1.9 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (1.8 percent)

Education 

Schools in Rehobeth are part of the Houston County Schools; the town has approximately 1,493 students and 89 teachers in one elementary school and one middle school. Rehobeth High School actually is located in Dothan; it has approximately 664 students and 42 teachers.

Transportation 

County Road 203 runs northeast-south through Rehobeth, and County Road 59 runs roughly north from town.

Additional Resources 

Houston County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Houston County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2003.

Watson, Fred S. Hub of the Wiregrass: A History of Houston County, Alabama, 1903-1972. Anniston, Ala.: Higginbotham, Inc., 1972.

James P. Kaetz
Auburn University


Published October 25, 2012
Last updated October 25, 2012