Named after Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia and most senior flag officer of the Confedrate Army. Lee County has a population of 140,000. The county seat is Opelika and the largest city in Lee County is Auburn Alabama.
Cities: Auburn, Opelika, Phenix City, Smiths Station Towns: Loachapoka, Notasulga, Waverly Communities: Beauregard, Beulah, Gold Hill, Marvyn, Roxana, Salem
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Lake Chewacla is perfect for reeling in bream, bass, crappie and catfish or taking a dip off the beach area. No luck in the lake, then try one of the park’s two creeks. There is no boat ramp on the lake, but visitors are allowed to bring their own small non-motorized watercraft such as canoes or kayaks if they can be hand-launched from the bank.
Downtown Opelika features Historic Railroad Avenue, where you can hear the whistles blow and enjoy the rumblings of trains as they travel through the city. The beautiful courtyard and fountain in Lee County Courthouse Square is the site of a variety of special events. History abounds at The Museum of East Alabama.
The Ghost of Rosemere Cemetery in Opelika Alabama
The historic Rosemere Cemetery in Opelika Alabama is said to host the ghost of Union Army Private, William Alder. Visitors on ocassion report seeing the spirit of Alder in his blue U.S. Union Army Infantry uniform wandering around his gravesite or setting with his back on his grave headstone. https://youtu.be/SBYBJEiXiGg
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After months of negations, the Lee County Commission approved to transfer ownership of what remained of the Salem-Shotwell Covered Bridge to the City of Opelika during a meeting held on October 31, 2005. An agreement was reached by the Lee County Historical Society and the Opelika Kiwanis Club to reconstruct the bridge over Rocky Brook at Opelika Municipal Park.
Smiths Station, one of the most thriving and fastest growing communities in Lee County, was settled in 1826. In 1845 the Central of Georgia Railroad was built through the community from Columbus, Georgia to Opelika, Alabama. The depot was named for Mr. Broadus Smith, a prominent early settler who lived near by.
Lee County Alabama Map
Lee County Alabama is home to Chewacla State Park, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Bean’s Mill, the Salem-Shotwell Covered Bridge and the Grand National Golf course which is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
In the late 19th century, Girard made up most of current downtown Phenix City, while Phenix City was mostly in Lee County. In the early 20th century, the two towns consolidated into the present Phenix City as county lines were redrawn to account for population shifts involved in the Auburn University opening and expansion.