Notasulga is located in north-central Macon County and southwestern Lee County in the east-central part of the state. Most of the town is located in Macon County. The name means "many teeth" in Muskogean, the language of the Creek Indians. It has a mayor/council form of government. Author Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) was born in Notasulga.
Initially, the area that now encompasses Notasulga was named Moore's Cross Roads, after early settler Amos Moore. Moore purchased land in the area in the early 1840s and began advertising lots for sale in "a town called Notasulga," probably after a nearby creek by that name. Settlers soon began moving to the area, and by 1843, the town had its first post office, with Amos Moore as the first postmaster. The Montgomery-West Point Railroad connected Notasulga to the wider world when it came through in 1844.
During the Civil War, Camp Watts, where conscripted soldiers trained and also had a supply depot and hospital, was located in Notasulga. Confederate and Union graves once marked by headstones have now been lost, and the site is on private land.
Notasulga's population according to the 2010 Census was 965. Of that number, 65.0 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 33.3 percent as African American, 0.8 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 0.8 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 estimates, was $33,313, and the per capita income was $22,196.
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Notasulga was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (28.0 percent)
· Manufacturing (17.9 percent)
· Construction (13.1 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (9.8 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (7.1 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (5.8 percent)
· Retail trade (4.8 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (4.8 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (4.0 percent)
· Public administration (2.5 percent)
· Wholesale trade (1.3 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (1.0 percent)
Schools in Notasulga are part of the Macon County school system; the town has approximately 390 students and 25 teachers in one K-12 school.
State Highway 14 runs west-northeast through the town. State Highway 81 runs south from the center of town and intersects Interstate Highway 85 approximately five miles from town.
Events and Places of Interest
Tuskegee National Forest is located about three miles southeast of town.
Armstrong Church, Camp Watts, and the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Rosenwald School, and Cemetery are listed on the
Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. The Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and Rosenwald School are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Macon County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Macon County. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2003.
Swann, Martha H. History of Notasulga, Macon County, Alabama. N.p.: n.p., n.d.
James P. Kaetz
Published July 2, 2013
Last updated September 18, 2013