Introduction to Vestavia Hills, Alabama
Vestavia Hills, Alabama, in Jefferson county, is 3 miles NE of Hoover, Alabama (center to center) and 139 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is conveniently located inside the Birmingham metropolitan area. There are an estimated 24,476 people in Vestavia Hills.
Vestavia Hills History
Vestavia Hills began as a planned community after World War II. It started on the crest of Shades Mountain. The area's 607 residents formed their town on November 8, 1950. In the early 1920's, when most of the settlers arrived, they built little homes on the road that joined Birmingham to Montgomery. It was Mr. Charles Byrd who named the area Vestavia Hills in 1946, after purchasing land from George Battey Ward, one of the earliest settlers. Ward named his home Vestavia which meant 'home by the way,' and this is how Byrd got the idea to name the area Vestavia Hills.
Vestavia Hills and nearby Attractions
- Vestavia Country Club
- Vestavia Hills Civic Center
- Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church
- Park South Shopping Center
- Vestavia Lake
Things To Do In Vestavia Hills
While in Vestavia Hills one can visit the Bessemer Hall of History, McWane Center, Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, and the Southern Museum of Flight. You can also visit the Vestavia Hills Richard M. Scrushy Public Library while in the city. The city also has several Methodist and Episcopal churches. There are also many shopping centers that offer shopping and recreational facilities. One can also visit the Huckleberry Branch and Vestavia lake.
Vestavia Hills Transportation
Birmingham International Airport provides air transportation facilities.
Vestavia Hills Higher Education
Residents of Vestavia Hills can avail higher education from Samford University and Jefferson State Community College. Other educational institutes near Vestavia Hills are the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Montevallo.