Cornwall Furnace Leesburg has existed as a community since the mid-1830s; it was named after the Henslees, a prominent local family who settled there in 1836, after the forced removal of the Cherokee Indians. The first postmaster was Charles Henslee. The town also has been known as Dublin, and its present name was originally spelled “Leesburgh.” The first school was established in 1870. A branch of the Southern Railway once ran through the town, but service ended in the 1940s. Leesburg was incorporated in 1958.
According to 2020 Census estimates, Leesburg recorded a population of 936. Of that number, 97.5 percent identified themselves as white, 2.5 percent as two or more races, and 0.6 percent as Hispanic. The town’s median household income was $54,938 and the per capita income was $31,504.
According to 2020 Census estimates, the workforce in Leesburg was divided among the following industrial categories:
- Manufacturing (31.7 percent)
- Educational services and health care and social assistance (27.0 percent)
- Retail trade (15.3 percent)
- Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (11.5 percent)
- Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (4.6 percent)
- Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (2.6 percent)
- Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (1.8 percent)
- Public administration (1.8 percent)
- Other services, except public administration (1.4 percent)
- Wholesale trade (1.2 percent)
- Information (1.0 percent)
No public schools are located within the Leesburg city limits; students in Leesburg attend Cherokee County Schools.
U.S. Highway 411 runs roughly east-west through Leesburg, and State Road 68 runs north from town.
Events and Places of Interest
Cherokee Rock Village Cherokee Rock Village, series of rock outcrops popular with climbers, is located five miles north of Leesburg. Nearby Weiss Lake offers numerous recreational opportunities, including swimming, boating, camping, and fishing. Leesburg Landing is located on the lake and has walking trails, camping areas, and an RV park. In addition, Leesburg has two city parks with pavilions, grills, and playground equipment, and baseball/softball complex.
Leesburg Day is held the second Saturday in September and features arts, crafts, and food vendors. “Trunk or Treat” is held every Halloween and is sponsored by Leesburg businesses and the town.
Cherokee County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Cherokee County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1998.
Stewart, Margaret Estelle Ross. Cherokee County History, 1836-1956. Centre, Ala.: n.p., 1958.