Munford's first settlers arrived in the area in the early 1830s. It is best known for the Battle of Munford, a Civil War skirmish that took place between Confederate and Union troops on April 23, 1865, two weeks after Gen. Robert E. Lee had surrendered at Appomattox. About 150 Confederates engaged Union forces under Gen. John T. Croxton numbering around 1,500. The Union troops quickly overran the Confederate position; one soldier was killed on each side (although one source says that two Union soldiers were killed). This conflict was likely the final battle fought east of the Mississippi River at the end of the war.
Munford was incorporated in 2002.
Munford's population according to the 2010 Census was 1,292. Of that number, 82.4 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 15.6 percent as African American, 1.3 percent as two or more races, 1.0 percent as Hispanic or Latino, and 0.5 percent as Native American. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $46,875, and the per capita income was $20,964.
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Munford was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (26.3 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (17.7 percent)
· Construction (11.9 percent)
· Retail trade (10.9 percent)
· Manufacturing (10.7 percent)
· Public administration (5.6 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (5.1 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (4.1 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (3.0 percent)
· Information (1.9 percent)
· Wholesale trade (1.4 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (0.7 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (0.7 percent)
Schools in Munford are part of the Talladega County school system; the town has approximately 1,520 students and 90 teachers in one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school.
Interstate Highway 20 runs east-west about a mile north of town, and State Highway 21 runs through the southern part of town, going northeast-southwest.
Events and Places of Interest
Cheaha State Park borders the town to the southeast.
Old Munford High School, Ophelia S. Hill School, The Cedars Plantation, and the Valley Head United Methodist Church are listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
Munford maintains a Senior Center and a Community Center, as wells as baseball fields and a football field.
Jemison. E. Grace. Historic Tales of Talladega. 1959. Reprint Huntsville, Ala.: The Strode Publishers, Inc., 1984.
Talladega County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Talladega County. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2000.
James P. Kaetz
Published July 2, 2013
Last updated July 2, 2013