Arab, class of 2009, designated 2012, arabcity.org
Conveniently located 20 minutes south of Redstone Arsenal, one hour north of Birmingham, 2.5 hours south of Nashville and 3.5 hours from Atlanta, the City of Arab is a progressive community that provides a high level of attraction for a supportive family atmosphere through a wholesome, safe and secure environment. With a population of just over 8,400, Arab is part of both Marshall and Cullman Counties and 10 miles from Guntersville Lake in North Alabama. The city was incorporated in 1892 and its historic downtown provides unique shops and interesting places to dine in its many historic buildings as well as the historic 1883 Northern Methodist Cemetery – the only cemetery in Marshall County to be included in the Alabama Historic Register. In 1934, the infamous duo, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, visited Peoples Drugstore, which was located across from the historic Bank of Arab, shortly before they engaged in their last crime spree that would take their lives. Noticing the building across the street, Clyde asked if the bank had any money. Being suspicious, the clerk told him that because of the Great Depression, the bank had been busted for years. The criminals left empty-handed and without drawing their guns.
In addition to festivals and other attractions, the Arab Historic Village has become one of the most widely toured historic destinations in the Southeast. Development of the village began in 1991 as a centennial project to honor and pay tribute to the pioneer-spirited settlers who built the area into the prosperous, community-minded city it is today. Nestled just behind the Arab City Park, the complex showcases 10 historic buildings that portray a North Central Alabama rural community of that time. All have been preserved with authentic furnishings and décor that date back to the 1880s to 1940s. Students and visitors learn firsthand what life was like in the 1880s to 1940s, including going to school in a one-room schoolhouse.
740 North Main Street, Arab, AL 35016 | 256-586-3544