Blountsville


Blountsville Town Hall on Lee Street in downtown Blountsville Town HallBlountsville is located in Blount County in the northeastern portion of the state between the cities of Gadsden and Cullman. It has a mayor/city council form of government. The town and the county were named for a former Tennessee governor.

History 

The area that became Blountsville was settled as early as 1816. Initially called Bear Meat Cabin after the home of a Creek Indian, the town became a popular stopover for the many settlers streaming into Alabama after the Creek War of 1813-1814 because some five major roads ran through the town by 1860.

In December 1820, Blountsville became the county seat of newly created Blount County, a distinction it held until 1889, when the county seat was moved to Oneonta. The first school in the county, Blountsville Academy, was built in the town sometime before the Civil War. It was replaced by Blount College in 1890.

A Thanksgiving procession at the Central Alabama Agricultural Blountsville Thanksgiving Procession, 1904During the Civil War a number of men enlisted and fought for the Confederacy. The Confederate government operated a facility to care for horses in Blountsville, and the town was raided by Union colonel Abel D. Streight and his forces prior to their defeat and capture by Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest. After the war, Union soldiers were stationed in Blountsville.

Demographics 

According to the 2010 Census, Blountsville had a population of 1,684. Of that number, 87.3 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 15.3 percent as Hispanic, 1.0 percent as two or more races, 1.0 percent as Native American, 0.7 percent as African American, 0.9 as Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 0.4 percent as Asian. The town's median household income, according to 2010 Census estimates, was $25,238, and the per capita income was $15,372.

Employment 

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

· Manufacturing (31.6 percent)
· Construction (15.5 percent)
· Retail trade (13.5 percent)
· Wholesale trade (8.2 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance   (8.0 percent)
· Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (4.8   percent)
· Arts, entertainment, and recreation and accommodation and food   services (4.4 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (4.3 percent)
· Transportation, warehousing, and utilities (3.2 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (2.3 percent)
· Professional, scientific, and administrative and waste management   services (1.8 percent)
· Public administration (1.4 percent)
· Information (1.1 percent)

Education 

Schools in Blountsville are part of the Blount County Public Schools and enroll approximately 2,590 students and employ approximately 145 teachers in two elementary schools and two high schools.

Transportation 

Blountsville is bisected by U.S. Highway 231/State Highway 53, which runs northeast-south; County Road 47, which runs west; and County Road 26, which runs east-west.

Events and Places of Interest 

A number of structures in Blountsville are on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage, including the Barclift Inn (c. 1834) and the Warren House Complex (c. 1850s). The Freeman House in the Blountsville Historical Park, built around 1825, is operated by the Blountsville Historical Society and houses a museum and visitor's center. A reenactment of the Civil War's Forrest-Streight Raid is held on the grounds during the annual Heritage Festival.

Spring Valley Beach Waterpark in Blountsville attracts visitors from throughout the area.

Additional Resources 

Blount County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Blount County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1999.

Claire M. Wilson
Auburn University


Published December 4, 2012
Last updated December 5, 2012