Walker County is named for John Williams Walker, the president of the 1819 convention that drafted Alabama’s first constitution. Settlers began arriving in Jasper, the county seat, around 1815. The county courthouse, built in the 1930s in Art Deco style, is the center of Jasper’s downtown historic district. The city is home to the Bankhead House, now a local history museum, and the longtime home of Congressman Carl Elliot, who was presented the first John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. The county is dotted with communities that were once coal mining towns, and the museum at the Nauvoo Depot Museum highlights the mining heritage of the area. Lewis Smith Lake on the Black Warrior River provides a variety of recreational activities.