Main Street Demopolis


Resting atop the stunning white bluffs at the confluence of the Tombigbee and Black Warrior Rivers, Demopolis is the shining star of Alabama’s Black Belt region. The Greek translation of Demopolis is “the People’s City,” and with its rich history, top tier outdoor recreation and idyllic small-town atmosphere, it really is a great place to be.

First settled in 1817 by a group of French expatriates, Demopolis, known then as the Vine and Olive Colony, is one of the oldest continuous settlements in Alabama. Exiled Bonapartists and others seeking refuge after the fall of Napoleon’s empire settled on the bluffs of the Tombigbee with the hopes of growing grape vines and olive trees. While their efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, the scattered olive trees that still bear fruit and French street names in the historic downtown district connect us to our past.

Demopolis’s historic downtown district is situated steps from beautiful Demopolis Lake and features historic homes, churches, businesses, museums and one of the oldest parks in Alabama, the Public Square, established in 1819. The Public Square is the heart of the city and home to annual events, such as Christmas on the River and Rooster Day, as well as our local Farmers Market. The Public Square contains a Victorian-era gazebo, Demopolis City Hall, the old Presbyterian Church, now known as Rooster Hall, as well as a large cast iron fountain that was installed in 1895.

Downtown Demopolis is home to the Marengo County History & Archives Museum, offering an inclusive look at our community’s history. Lovely antebellum mansions, Bluff Hall, Lyon Hall and Gaineswood – a National Historic Landmark – are also available for tours.

Come see us in Demopolis! It’s like coming home!




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  • Demopolis High School football and baseball

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