Decatur is a booming town in Northern Alabama, with a history as rich as its culture.
Founded initially as a river crossing for settlers journeying west of Appalachia, Decatur officially became a town in 1820, and was later incorporated in 1826, with settlers drawn to the area’s rich valley soil, and location near the river. After the Civil War, its citizens quickly rose to the challenge of rebuilding their city, and even merged with the nearby city of Albany in 1927. Downtown Decatur would become a hotspot of the cities’ community, with movie theaters, ice cream shops, live theater and music shaping its culture. Today, Decatur is home to numerous Centers of the Arts, beautiful National Parks, and Festivals that brings the community together.