Events are subject to change. It is recommended
that you check with the sponsoring organization to confirm date and
times. For more information on local events, contact the Lawrence
County Chamber of Commerce at 256-974-1658.
Al Field Trial Competition
Held the Second Week in February.
Canine enthusiasts compete yearly for bragging
rights for owning the best hunting dogs. Classes of competition include
amateur shooting dog, all age, derby and puppies. Amateur trials are
also held annually, the first full weekend in March.
Jesse Owens Memorial Run
Third Saturday in May
Lawrence County, birthplace of the famous track
star, Jesse Owens, is the setting for this 10K and Two Mile Run. This
annual tribute to Owens, winner of four gold medals during the 1936
Olympics, is held on a state certified course and attracts runners
from across the country.
Lawrence County Indian Festival
Third Weekend in May
Lawrence County, home of Alabamas greatest
Indian population, celebrates its rich Indian heritage each
year with a colorful weekend of crafts, dance and demonstrations.
Activities include basketry, pottery, bow making and tours of a Cherokee
Indian Village at the Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum.
Picnic In The Park
First Saturday in June
Held each year on Courtlands Town Square,
the Picnic in the Park is family fun at its best. Open to everyone,
the days activities include barbecue, chicken stew, arts and
crafts, games, as well as country and gospel music.
First Saturday in August
The Courthouse Square in downtown Moulton is
the setting for this day of arts and crafts,
music, food and fellowship. The streets are
filled with beautifully restored vintage automobiles competing for
the best in their class during the festivals antique and Classic
Lawrence County Cotton Festival
Last Saturday in September
Visit Town Creek in the fall and see one of
the countrys first cotton gins or test your skill in an old
fashioned cotton pickin contest. Sample some of the valleys
best chicken stew, shop for art and crafts, visit the homemade quilt
show or just sit back and enjoy some good country music. Area runners
can sign up for the Cotton Pickin 5K Run.
Courtlands Antique Car Show/Chili
First Saturday in October
Held on Courtlands Town Square. The square
is surrounded by restored vintage automobiles
competing for the best in their class during
the car show. Also the best chili cooks try their hand to please the
judges to win the Best Chili Award.
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Indian Mounds Park and Museum
Lawrence County is home to Alabamas largest
Indian population. The Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum is a
tribute to the countys Indian population and their ancestors.
This historical site features a Copena burial mound, named for the
copper and galena metals used by Indians of the period, and 1.8-acre
ceremonial mound, believed to be the cultural center of the areas
Woodland Indians. Large limestone crypts dating as early as 1816 offer
clues to the frontiersmen who inhabited the area after the Indians.
The park features a museum, a 7-foot Sequoyah carving, gift shop and
an Indian Village.
Located on the Tennessee River joining Lawrence
and Lauderdale counties, Wheeler Dam is operated by the Tennessee
Valley Authority. The dam was built in 1936 and named for Confederate
General Joe Wheeler. The dam is more than 72 feet high and 1 1/5 miles
long. Recreational opportunities around the lakes shoreline
include excellent fishing for smallmouth bass and other game fish,
sailing and water-skiing.
Wheeler Station Hunting Preserve located on
the 13,000-acre Wheeler Estate, offers wild bird hunts and preserve
hunts in the Old South tradition. A guest lodge overlooks the Tennessee
River. The Sporting Clay arena offers 10 fields with stations for
the novice to the expert.
Animal House Zoological Park
This 100-acre facility features more than 500
exotic and endangered animals of some 56 different species. The park
features everything from African lions to wildebeests to penguins.
Lawrence County Archives
The Lawrence County Historical Commission operates
an archives containing numerous records, many dating from the early
1800s. The archives contain marriage, mortgage, and tax records, along
with records from probate court, circuit court
and county court. There are also weekly newspapers,
wills, deeds, census reports and miscellaneous papers.
Owens Memorial Park
This park honors Olympic great Jesse Owens,
an Oakville native who won four gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics,
the first American and the second athlete in history to win four gold
medals. The 20-acre park features a Visitor Center, a Jesse Owens
home birthplace replica, a 14 1/2-foot tall statue of Owens with the
Olympic rings and a 1936 torch replica. A museum featuring a timeline
of Owenss life from his early days in Oakville, through his
university and Olympic success, is located in the park.
Deer Run Golf Course
This 18-hole professional golf course featuring
large bent-grass greens is located in Moulton, with the foothills
of Bankhead National Forest as a backdrop. Deer Run is host to a number
of annual tournaments, including the Lawrence County Open.
William B. Bankhead National Forest
and Sipsey Wilderness Area
Bankhead is Alabamas largest national
forest, with some 180,000 acres, and is home of Alabamas only
nationally designated Wild and Scenic River, the Sipsey. Known as
the "land of a thousand waterfalls," this vast monument
to nature and man is ideal for hiking, horseback riding, hunting,
boating, fishing, swimming, canoeing and more. Within the forest is
Sipsey Wilderness, designated in 1975 as Alabamas first national
wilderness area, with a host of rare birds, mammals, and an abundance
of swift streams, limestone bluffs, wildlife and wildflowers. The
states largest tree, a 500-year-old, 150-foot tall Poplar, is
located here. Indian relics also abound in the Bankhead National Forest,
one of the southeasts premier sites for petroglyphs, prehistoric
drawings and rock carvings.
Doublehead Resort and Lodge
Doublehead Resort and Lodge, which overlooks
scenic Wilson Lake on the Tennessee River, cater to the adventurous
frontiersmen seeking the great outdoors at a leisurely pace. Situated
on a point, Doublehead Lodge offers stunning views and easy access
by water or land.
Joe Wheeler State Park
Joe Wheeler State Park is nested on the north
and south banks of the Tennessee River in both Lawrence and Lauderdale
Counties. It has everything necessary for a relaxing vacation or day
The local cities offer a variety of parks and
programs through their Parks and Recreation Departments.
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Before obtaining power, water or phone
service in Lawrence County, you must come to the 911 office in Moulton
and get an address card to present to these offices. The 911 office
is located in the Lehman Wood Building at 555 Walnut Street, Moulton.
Newcomers to Alabama have 30 days upon establishing
residency to change their out-of-state vehicle
registration to Alabama registration. To register
your automobile, you must submit a certificate of title, the vehicle
registration and possibly submit a bill of sale
to Lawrence County Tax Commissioner office located at the County Courthouse,
14330 Court Street, Suite 104, Moulton.
Newcomers have 30 days upon establishing residency
to change their out-of-state drivers licenses to valid Alabama
licenses or, if moving within the state, to record their new address.
Out-of-state newcomers must present a certified document of identification,
preferably a valid drivers license from another state. Drivers
licenses are issued for four-year periods and can be obtained from
the Drivers License Examiners Office located in the Lawrence
County Courthouse, Suite 108, Moulton.
To register to vote, newcomers must present
their Social Security number(if they have one), the names and addresses
of two persons living in the county who can identify them, and another
means of identification, such as a drivers license or birth
certificate, to the Board of Registrars office located in the Lawrence
Serving Lawrence County are four banks, five
branch banks, three credit unions and four finance companies.
Area and Climate
The county seat is Moulton, which has an altitude
of 650 feet above sea level. The average minimum
temperature in January is 31 degrees and the average maximum temperature
in July is 89 degrees. Average rainfall is 55.06 inches. Length of
growing season is from early April to late October.
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