Fayette, class of 2005, designated 2007, fayetteal.org
Located in the northwest-central section of the state, the City of Fayette, which originally incorporated in 1821 as Fayette Court House, is the seat of Fayette County, which was formed in 1824 from portions of Tuscaloosa and Marion counties. The county was named for Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de LaFayette, who was touring Alabama during the county’s formation. As early as 1821, a small village existed at the present Old Town (near Five Points) called LaFayette. From that location, settlers could see out over the Sipsey River Valley.
With a population of nearly 4,300, Fayette has a variety of seasonal and on-going events that make it a special place to visit any time of the year. From the Art Museum and Civic Center to summer days at the Aquatic Center; fall activities including the Arts Festival (second Saturday in September) and Frog Level Festival (first Friday and Saturday in October); wintertime Christmas Lights tour and frequent weekend events, Fayette is a bustling area with many activities. The Fayette Art Museum and Civic Center contains more than 3,500 pieces of art, many of which were created by local folk artists, and features gallery, large event and performance spaces. The Fayette County Depot Museum, housed in a historic train station, interprets both the city and county’s histories. Every August, the museum hosts an annual arts festival. Guthrie Smith Park, a 100-acre facility, offers visitors athletic fields, picnic areas, walking trails and a 10-acre lake. Fayette is also home to Bevill State Community College, and the Golden Eagle Syrup Manufacturing Company has been producing syrup in the same location in the city since 1928.
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