The city of Arab, Alabama was incorporated in 1892 and is located in Cullman and Marshall counties in North Alabama. Arab is located 20 minutes south of Redstone Arsenal. The area is rich in heritage and history with unique locally owned shops, theaters, live music and several quaint diners. The city is a progressive community with a supportive family atmosphere through a wholesome , safe and secure environment. www.arabcity.org
The name of the town was an unintentional misspelling by the U.S. Postal Service in 1882 of the city’s intended name, taken from Arad Thompson, the son of the town founder and first postmaster Stephen Tuttle Thompson. Two other names for the town were sent to the Postal Service for consideration: “Ink” and “Bird”. Arab has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names. The Arab Alabama Historic Village
located in Arab City Park is a tribute to the pioneer people who settled and built the area. The City of Arab and the Arab Historical Society continue to develop the village which has 10 buildings furnished with items through the 1940’s and portrays a rural community of that time. The buildings are open March-October on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am to 3 pm and Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm. Arab Alabama City Park
has several special events throughout the year; Back When Day in April, Arab Community Fair in September and Santa in the Park the Friday after Thanksgiving. On November 11th, 2000 a community veterans memorial was dedicated at the park entrance. The memorial is a tribute to the men and women of this community who served their country. The memorial was erected by the city government to honor all veterans and especially in memory of those who gave their all. The black marble monument includes bronze plaques commemorating each branch of service.