Henry County is the center of the peanut industry in Alabama. Land that was originally incorporated within the county, when it was created on December 13, 1819, was later carved out for nine other counties. Abbeville, the county seat, formed as a community when it served as a trading post on the juncture of two stage coach roads. The town’s oldest remaining structure is the Bethune-Kennedy House, circa 1840, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. World War I soldiers are honored in Headland, with a statue on the town square.