Population: 2,262 (2019)
About: Blountsville, AL, is located in the northeastern part of the state in Blount County. Blountsville was originally occupied by the Creek Indians in 1816 and was named Bear Meat Cabin after a chief of the tribe. Tennesseans began trading in the village in 1816. By 1820, the town was renamed Blountsville and mainly settled by the Tennesseans. Blountsville was named the Blount County seat in 1820 and remained so for nearly 70 years until it was replaced by Oneonta in 1889. By the time that the Civil War began, Blountsville was well established and remained a prominent trading center. Despite the town being overlooked by the railroads and interstates in the late 1800s and early 1900s, it is still thriving today. The Blountsville Historical Society presides over the Historical Park that displays some of the most well-preserved log cabins and buildings from the early periods of the town. Today, Blountsville is not only home to rich history, but also to a diverse population of residents. In 2019, people of Hispanic/Latinx heritage made up nearly 30% of Blountsville’s population.
Fun Fact: Eddie Priest, a former MLB pitcher, attended and played baseball at Susan Moore High School. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1994.
Community Website: Town of Blountsville Website
Community Social Media: Town of Blountsville Facebook
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Meet the Blountsville Community Liaison, Debra Goble
ENI is a community-focused, community-shaped initiative. Community Liaisons act as a resource to help communities shape ENI to fit their needs and wants. If you want to learn more or get involved with ENI, reach out to your Community Liaison.
Debra earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degree in Education from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She taught in public schools for 38 years. After retiring, she now serves as a Title I Reading and Math tutor. Debra has a heart for children and loves to watch them learn. She has been involved with the Children’s Ministry at her church for many years. The group began a Wednesday night program and is able to support the children in many ways.