Marion County, one of the oldest counties in the state, was founded in 1818, when Alabama was still a territory. It is most widely known as the home of the Jerry Brown Arts Festival, held to honor the famous potter from Hamilton. Outdoor enthusiasts and hunters will enjoy the county’s natural areas and lakes. The railroad depot n Brilliant is the only depot still standing in Marion County. Communities across the county host a variety of festivals throughout the year, including Mule Day in Winfield, Mayfest in Guin, Buttatchee River Fall Fest in Hamilton, and Coalfest in Brilliant.