About Athens, AL
Athens, Alabama was incorporated in 1818, before Alabama was even named a state. Athens was named after the ancient city of Athens in Greece. Located in Limestone county, within the Huntsville metropolitan area, sits the town of Athens with a population of approximately 25,000 residents.
Settlers originally were drawn to the area because of the rich nutrients within the soil. The location of Athens made agriculture and farming ideal for early settlers. The railroad and cotton industries also began to draw even more settlers to the area. In the 50s and 60s, Athens, as well as surrounding cities, saw a boom in the aerospace industry. This became the top contributor for the economy.
Athens, Alabama is home to Athens State University. ASU, formally Athens Female Academy, began as a four-room schoolhouse, female only academy in 1822. Today, ASU offers over 50 different degree programs and is home to 3,621 students. Other higher education facilities located nearby include the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Oakwood University, Alabama A&M University, Calhoun Community College and more.
Athens offers several parks and other recreational activities for residents. Christopher Park, Trinity Park, Fairview Park and Fifth Avenue Park are all scenic spots near or around Athens. If you enjoy the outdoors, you’re sure to enjoy one of these parks. Athens Country Club and Golf Course offers golfers a 9-hole course with almost 3,000 yards of golf. Other golf courses in or around the area include Woodland Golf Club and Chriswood Golf Course.
Shopping and Dining in Athens
Popular shopping centers in Athens include the Athens Outlet Shopping Center, Athens Shopping Center and Roses Shopping Center. Athens is also home to several local eateries and chain restaurants. Historic Downtown Athens is home to most of the local shopping and dining establishments in the area.
Two festivals that take place in Athens every year are the Dogwood Festival and the Athens Storytelling Festival. The Dogwood Festival kicks off the season of Spring in Athens and features a parade, concert, games in the park and so much more! It’s a great event to attend with the entire family. The Athens Storytelling Festival features locals telling stories of past times. The festival brings together members of the community to celebrate the past life in Athens, and keep the history of the town alive. Whether you live in Athens, or nearby, these festivals have fun for all ages and you should attend at least once to get a feel for the tight-knit community.
Limestone Chiropractic is proud to call Athens home and be your hometown chiropractors. Whether you are visiting or a local, we know you’ll enjoy exploring the community and everything it has to offer.