Woodstock


Woodstock is located in both Bibb and Tuscaloosa counties in the central part of the state, between the cities of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. It has a mayor/city council form of government.

History 

The town of Woodstock was formally named North Bibb until 2000. It was first settled in 1826, when William Houston was given a land grant for the area. The first school was built in 1851 with money donated by the local Masonic Lodge. In 1870, the Alabama Great Southern Railroad built a line through the city, and in 1872 the Louisville and Nashville followed suit (one source states that the two lines came through town in the mid-1880s). Each railroad built a separate depot.

From a photo album collected by the Alabama Woodstock SchoolNorth Bibb became a shipping center because of it two railroad lines, shipping iron ore and coal mined around West Blocton to furnaces in Birmingham. It also had an abundance of high quality clay, spurring the establishment of a pottery that turned out jugs, bricks, pots, and churns. The town flourished between 1909 and 1929, when the Great Depression led to a downturn in the economy.

North Bibb incorporated in 1996, and in October 2000, the town formally changed its name to Woodstock, at the urging of resident J. U. Ray, after the town of Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, site of Winston Churchill's birthplace, Blenheim Palace.

Demographics 

According to the 2010 Census, Woodstock had a population of 1,428. Of that number, 94.3 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 3.4 percent as African American, 2.1 percent as Hispanic, 1.0 percent as two or more races, 0.1 percent as Native American, and 0.1 percent as Asian. The town's median household income, according to 2010 Census estimates, was $48,750, and the per capita income was $20,855.

Employment 

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

· Retail trade (19.2 percent)
· Manufacturing (12.7 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (12.7   percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services   (12.4 percent)
· Construction (10.0 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (8.3 percent)
· Professional, scientific, and administrative and waste management   services (7.1 percent)
· Transportation, warehousing, and utilities (6.1 percent)
· Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (4.2   percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (3.2 percent)
· Wholesale trade (1.9 percent)
· Public administration (1.9 percent)
· Information (0.3 percent)

Education 

Students in Woodstock attend the Bibb County Public Schools. One elementary school is located in Woodstock; it enrolls approximately 340 students and employs approximately 25 teachers.

Transportation 

Woodstock lies just to the southeast of Interstates 59/20. The main routes through the town are State Highway 5, which runs north-south, and U.S. Highway 11/State Highway 7/5, which run northeast-southwest along the northwestern edge of the town. Both routes connect with I-59/20.

Events and Places of Interest 

Woodstock hosts an annual Christmas Open House each December. It maintains a city park and a baseball field. The Woodstock United Methodist Church (c. 1893) and the Green Pond Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (1884) are listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Additional Resources

Bibb County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Bibb County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1998.

Claire M. Wilson
Auburn University


Published November 8, 2012
Last updated November 8, 2012