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Athens Bicentennial Events and Programs

The City of Athens and State of Alabama Bicentennial will be celebrated over three years from 2017 to 2019.
  • Starting June 19, 2018, on Tuesdays 10 a.m. to noon and Thursdays 2-4 p.m. - Donnell House - Chosen as one of only three prestigious PastPort sites in Limestone County, in conjunction with the the state-wide celebration of Alabama's 200th anniversary of statehood. Open for special tours. For more information or to request special tour times, call (239) 249-2211.
  • Nov. 2, 2018 - Athens Bible School Chorus Reunion and Singing. Refreshments at 5 p.m. and singing at 5:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 4, 2018 - Athens Bicentennial Cemetery Stroll; hosted by Athens-Limestone Tourism at the Athens City Cemetery from 2-5 p.m. Actors will portray citizens from local history who are buried in the cemetery. Debbie Delmore will share stories about the Delmore Brothers as well.
  • Nov. 15, 2018 - Donnell House Festival of Trees Bicentennial Celebration Preview Party from 6-8 p.m.; enjoy punch and Southern Fare. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.
  • Nov. 17, 2018 - City of Athens 200th Birthday Party in Downtown Athens in conjunction with Christmas Open House. Opening ceremonies at noon. on Marion Street.

About our bicentennial

The City of Athens turns 200 on Nov. 19, 2018. The city is joining the statewide three-year bicentennial which runs from 2017 to 2019.

The City of Athens is working with the Limestone County, Ala., Bicentennial Committee to plan events, educational programs and more. Detailed information about events and programs are included on this page as they are developed. 
Julian Newman Elementary

Julian Newman Elementary in Athens won the 2017 classroom contest held by Alabama 200

Athens ROCKS

A continuous bicentennial art event that has grown in popularity is Athens ROCKS, created by High Cotton Arts artist Roberta Ress in March 2017, and supported by the Athens Arts League.

Children and adults paint rocks and hide them in public places around Athens. 

Since the statewide 2017 theme is "Explore Our Places," this project encourages local citizens to "explore Athens" to find rocks, take a selfie and post here on the Athens ROCKS page and re-hide the rock. 

Educational Program Available

Schools, civic groups, etc. can request an educational program for the Bicentennial through Limestone County Archives. The program is called "From Chickasaws to Cyclones: The History of Limestone County, AL."

Discover the stories that encompass our community history from Limestone County's days as Chickasaw country to the present. The program includes a PowerPoint presentation of historic photos from Athens and Limestone County such as events, landmarks, leaders, and historic school and community photos.

This is a free program. For more information or to schedule a presentation, call Archivist Rebekah Davis at 256-233-6404 or email her at