Welcome to the City of Athens, a city that is Classic. Southern. Character.
Athens has been a Classic since 1818 when Athens incorporated as a city before Alabama became a state. In 1819, voters made Athens the county seat of Limestone County. We soon will celebrate our city’s 200th birthday, a milestone that honors the legacy of our founders and those who have since contributed to enhancing Athens.
As our city has grown, it has maintained its charm. Athens still is Southern. That is most evident in downtown Athens and around The Square. In Athens, going to "The Square" is a place to make memories. It's the place to find the perfect outfit, enjoy an upside banana split, or become mesmerized by the toy train winding through a window display at the hardware store. The historic Limestone County Courthouse is the backdrop for parades, high school pep rallies, storytelling, and art events and is surrounded by a retail area to shop for the unique and dine on divine cuisine.
Our quality of life is one reason the City of Athens was ranked by Niche.com in 2016 for the following:
● No. 3 “Safest City in Alabama”
● No. 14 for “Best Places in Alabama to Raise a Family.”
● No. 19 for “Best School Districts in Alabama”
These accolades highlight that Athens has Character. You will find events distinctive to Athens, such as the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention and Athens Grease Festival. You will discover notable stories, such as a Union Civil War fort where runaway slaves fought and were captured and later received an education, telling us the saga of slave, to soldier, to student.
In addition, parents will find innovative educational opportunities such as Athens City Schools’ Spark Academy that brings Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) training to students in grade K-2. Families also will find ways to enjoy exploring our city from our National Recreation Trail known as the Swan Creek Greenway to our culture trails, Sportsplex, and Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives.
When you visit Athens, I invite you to take a stroll on our sidewalks, to take a tour of our sites, and to take time to hear our stories. Discover for yourself why our city is Classic. Southern. Character.