Athens Alabama History
Athens is a city in Limestone County, Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 21,897. The city is the county seat of Limestone County.
Founded in 1818 by John Coffee, Robert Beaty, John D. Carroll, and John Read, Athens is one of the oldest incorporated cities in the State of Alabama, having been incorporated one year prior to the state’s admittance to the Union in 1819. Limestone County was also created by an act of the Alabma Territorial Legislature in 1818.
The town was first called Athenson, then the name was then shortened to Athens, after the ancient city in Greece.
The town’s first mayor was Samuel Tanner, and the Tanner area, south of Athens, was named on his behalf.
Athens Alabama Attractions
1702 Jefferson St SE
Athens Alabama 35611
Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives
Free admission, donation appreciated.
Houston Memorial Library and Museum
Open Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon.
This was the home of the late two-time Alabama Governor George S. Houston.
Free admission, donations appreciated.
Tennessee Valley Zoo
Tennessee Valley Zoo is located at 26169 Children Lane Athens, AL 35613 and operated by Darrell and Beth Blankenship. This unique zoo offers both stationary and mobile petting zoo perfect for a day out with the kids. For more information and make reservations, please call 256-683-1763. www.tennesseevalleyzoo.com
The City of Athens has a professional and comprehensive website with plenty of resident and visitor information. Our website links page has additional links you may find interesting.