Castleberry, which bills itself as the Strawberry Capital of Alabama, is located in south-central Conecuh County in the south-central part of the state. It has a mayor-city council form of government.
Castleberry Historic Building The community that now encompasses Castleberry was first settled in 1817 by the Baggett family. The Castleberry family, whose name the town now bears, moved to the area in 1830. Their residence became a relay stop, known as Castleberry’s, on a stagecoach route that came through town. The establishment of the stagecoach stop soon brought hotels, a blacksmith shop, and a turpentine still to the town, and the first public school opened in 1854. The name was formalized as Castleberry in the 1860s when the Mobile and Montgomery Railroad built a line through town.
Strawberries would come to be the most significant cash crop in the area in the early 1900s. In 1918, the railroad shipped 150 carloads of strawberries from Castleberry. Strawberries continue to be an important segment of the Castleberry economy, and in 1987 the governor declared it the Strawberry Capital of Alabama.
According to 2020 Census estimates, Castleberry recorded a population of 426. Of that number, 79.6 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, and 20.4 percent as African American. The town’s median household income was $28,036, and the per capita income was $17,430.
According to 2020 Census estimates, the workforce in Castleberry was divided among the following industrial categories:
- Retail trade (17.2 percent)
- Construction (15.7 percent)
- Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (15.7 percent)
- Educational services and health care and social assistance (14.9 percent)
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (12.7percent)
- Manufacturing (9.7 percent)
- Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (9.0 percent)
- Public administration (2.2 percent)
- Information (1.5 percent)
- Wholesale trade (1.5 percent)
Schools in Castleberry are part of the Conecuh County school system; the town has one pre-K-8 school.
County Highway 6 bisects Castleberry running east-west, and U.S. Highway 31 traverses the town north-south.
Events and Places of Interest
The Castleberry Commercial District and the Castleberry Residential District are both listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
Castleberry holds an annual Strawberry Festival on the third Saturday in April. In addition to fresh strawberries, the event has food and crafts vendors and live music.
Conecuh County Heritage Book Committee. Heritage of Conecuh County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, Inc., 2002.