DeKalb County was once a part of the territory occupied by the Cherokee Indian nation. The coming of white men to the county occurred during the American Revolution when a British agent, Alexander Campbell, was sent here for the purpose of arousing the Cherokees against the southern colonies. In 1777, Campbell made his headquarters at Wills Town, a Cherokee Indian village located on Big Wills Creek near the present community of Lebanon. Campbell was successful in arousing a number of the Cherokees by promising them clothing and conquered territory in exchange for the scalps of white settlers.
Alabama Archeological Investigations: Excerpt of 1922 Archeological Investigation of caves in Alabama.
Battelle Alabama was a thriving mining community at the turn of the century, having spread out to the base of Lookout Mountain, five miles north of Valley Head, Alabama. Now, the forest has taken over, and no buildings remain in what was Battelle. Ruins include scattered bricks, rotted lumber, and a few pieces of metal.
The city of Gadsden in Etowah County is the starting point for the annual World’s Longest Yard Sale, a multi-state, three-day event that stretches more than 690 miles and culminates in Addison, Michigan.
Wills Valley is associated with some of the earliest historical events in northern Alabama. Will’s Town, a famous Indian trading post, named for Red-Headed Will, a half-breed Cherokee chief, was founded about 1770 on Big Wills Creek, just above the present village of Lebanon, and was a place of importance in Cherokee history.
The 3,000 acre park was named after the explorer Hernando De Soto. There are historic sites including a museum; a lodge, cabins, restaurant, swimming pool, hiking, bike trails, walking trails, waterfalls, tennis court, picnic areas and campsites.
There are 821 named mountains in Alabama. The highest and the most prominent mountain is Cheaha Mountain.