On this day in Alabama history: Athens was incorporated

On this day in Alabama history: Athens was incorporated
Athens, Alabama, 2010. (The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Nov. 19, 1818

Located 15 miles from the Tennessee border in north-central Alabama, Athens is the government seat of Limestone County. Founded on this day in 1818, a year before Alabama was admitted to the union, it became the county seat on March 22, 1819. Athens is home to three governors (William Wyatt Bibb, Joshua L. Martin and George S. Houston) as well as Athens State University, the state’s oldest institution of higher education. Originally an agricultural community, Athens is now a major center of technology in north Alabama. It also plays host to the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention, which attracts about 15,000 music lovers from across the country.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

For more on Alabama’s bicentennial, visit Alabama 200.


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