Introduction to Athens, Alabama
Athens, Alabama, in Limestone county, is 13 miles N of Decatur, Alabama (center to center) and 94 miles S of Nashville, Tennessee. The city is conveniently located inside the Huntsville metropolitan area. There are an estimated 18,967 people in Athens.
The city of Athens was incorporated in 1818 and is one of the oldest chartered cities of Alabama. In the same year, it became the county seat of the newly formed Limestone County. The community was named after the ancient city of Athens in Greece. It is the birthplace of William Wyatt Bibb, Alabama's first Governor. Athens was initially a cotton and railroad community. However, following the aerospace boom during the 1950s and 1960s, industry became the major contributor to the city's economy. Athens was the first city to be provided electricity by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1934.
Athens and nearby Attractions
- Houston Library and Museum
- Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives
- Donnell House
- Limestone Zoological Park and Exotic Wildlife Refuge
- Point Mallard Waterpark
- U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Things To Do In Athens
Some of the scenic spots in or near Athens include the George S. Houston Historic District, Athens State College Historic District, Christopher Park, Trinity Park, Fairview Park, Robert Beaty Historic District, and Fifth Avenue Park. Golfers can choose between the Athens Country Club and Golf Course, Woodland Golf Club and Chriswood Golf Course. The Athens Outlet Shopping Center, Roses Shopping Center, Athens Shopping Center, and Crutcher Shopping Center are the popular shopping malls in the Athens area. The city celebrates the Dogwood Festival, and the Athens Storytelling Festival every year.
Huntsville International Airport-Carl T Jones Field is nearby.
Athens Higher Education
Athens State University is located within the city of Athens. Nearby higher education institutes include the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Northwest Shoals Community College-Muscle Shoals, and John C Calhoun State Community College.