Fort Payne Main Street

Tightly Woven, Perfect Fit


Known for the majestic views that help illustrate its heritage, historic preservation and arts, the town of Fort Payne is the “small town that shines!” Located in the foothills of Lookout Mountain, this charming downtown district is conveniently located between a state highway and state park. With a plethora of events that commemorate the town’s renowned history, many recognize it as home to the musical group “Alabama,” one of country music’s biggest names, a band with its own life-sized statues in one of the downtown’s lovely parks. With over a century’s worth of stories rooted in coal, iron, trains and textiles, beautifully-preserved structures like the Opry House, W.B. Davis Hosiery Mill and Boom Town Makers Market in the Sawyer Building are all part of Fort Payne’s origins and, today, play host to its excellent line up of small businesses.

Fort Payne is located in the foothills of Lookout Mountain. Our Main Street is US Highway 11(Gault Ave N) which connects to AL highway 35. DeSoto State Park is 8 miles northeast and the Little River Canyon is located 8.4 miles northeast. Both have hiking trails. We have the site of the fort where the Cherokee were held until removal on the Trail of Tears located on 4th Street SE in our main street area. Every year there is an annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle ride on the third Saturday of September. Come and remember the Trail of Tears.

First Presbyterian Church of Fort Payne at 300 Grand Avenue North was built in 1875 and located in our historic district of downtown/Main Street. It is part of The North Alabama Hallelujah Trail which features 32 churches that are at least 100 years old still standing on the original site, still hold services and are accessible to the public. Come experience the Hallelujah Trail.

Our charming downtown offers art, lovely parks, life size statues of the Band ALABAMA (country music’s super group and hometown heroes), antiques, boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and historic buildings. Stop by and see the Opry House built in 1889 and the only one in Alabama still in use or the Coal and Iron building built in 1888 which is now a unique venue for events. Visit the Hosiery Museum that features Fort Payne’s history of socks and so much more or the train Depot Museum erected in 1891 which served as a depot for the Alabama-Great-Southern Railroad for approximately 85 years. The Big Mill Antiques and the Vintage 1889 restaurant are located in the historic W.B. Davis Hosiery Mill built in 1889. Boom Town Makers Market in the Sawyer Building built in 1879 is also a landmark building that is filled with a curated collection of art and beautifully crafted local goods. Come enjoy our historic downtown.


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