Florala, class of 2019, designated 2022, cityofflorala.com
Home to Lake Jackson, the largest natural lake in Alabama, Florala, with a population of just under 2,000, is located in Covington County on Hwy 331S, the beach highway on the Alabama/Florida state line. In 1818, Andrew Jackson stopped at the lake with his soldiers, thus Lake Jackson is named after him. Florala was incorporated in 1901; however, since 1870, the community has served as the home of the world’s oldest consecutive annual Masonic Day celebration, through Florala’s Fidelity Masonic Lodge #685 (beginning with Chapel Hill and Lake City Lodge #377), and Chapter #441 of the Order of the Eastern Star. The celebration is in honor of St. John’s Day, June 24, 1717, when the first Grand Masonic Lodge in England was established. The celebration is held each year on the Friday before the 24th of June and concluding on the Saturday after the 24th.
Florala City Park (formerly Florala State Park) offers visitors a variety of ways to explore and enjoy the northern portion of 500-acre Lake Jackson. The park offers picnic tables and a picnic shelter, a campground, public beaches, a pier and a paved walking trail including elevated boardwalks through Spanish moss-draped cypress forest and palmetto scrub along the edge of the lake as well as swimming facilities, a wetlands park and a boat ramp for easy access. An 11,500 sq. ft. conference center and amphitheater are available for weddings and other occasions with a breathtaking view of Lake Jackson. Additionally, Florala offers many stores for the avid shops, eateries and 1900s-era architecture in the downtown Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.