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Upcoming Events

Downtown Tuscumbia Christmas Open House
November 15-17, 2018 – Downtown Tuscumbia Christmas Open House.  Shops and restaurant...
Christmas in the Country at LaGrange College Site Park
November 16-18, 2018 – Christmas in the Country, LaGrange College Site Park, 1491 LaGrange...
Tuscumbia Christmas Parade
November 27, 2018 – Tuscumbia Christmas Parade, Begins at 6 pm at Deshler High School, dow...
Annual Sugarplum Marketplace
November 29-December 1, 2018 – Annual Sugarplum Marketplace Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-6...
The Trees of Christmas
*November 29-December 24, 2018 – Annual The Trees of Christmas, Tennessee Valley Museum of...
Florence Christmas Parade
November 30, 2018 – Florence Christmas Parade, Court Street in Downtown Florence, AL. @7pm...

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Colbert County was created by the Alabama legislature on 1867 Feb. 6, from part of Franklin County. It was abolished by the Constitutional Convention on 1867 Nov. 29, and re-established by the legislature on 1869 Dec. 9. It was named after George and Levi Colbert, noted Chickasaw chiefs, who resided in the county. Colbert County is located in the northwestern part of the state. It currently encompasses 589 square miles. It is bordered on the north by the Tennessee River and Lauderdale County, on the east by Lawrence County, on the south by Franklin County, and on the west by the State of Mississippi. An election in 1870 established the county seat at Tuscumbia. Other towns and communities include Cherokee, Sheffield, Leighton, and Muscle Shoals.

In 1815, General Andrew Jackson and his troops following the Military Road crossed the Tennessee River at what is now know as Sheffield. The exact crossing site is still called Jackson Hollow today. Two years later, in 1817 General Jackson and his troops returned to this area and camped on the bluff above the river. Around the campfire Jackson and his fellow officers decided that no other site was so promising for a township as the one where they were camping. A few months later Jackson officially recommended the site where the Military Road crossed for the establishment of a town. The United States Secretary of War laid off a town precisely at that point and called it York Bluff. At the United States Land Sales in 1818, Jackson himself purchased quite a bit of land. By 1885, the area was incorporated as Sheffield, Alabama.

Sheffield features three historic districts with ante-bellum and Victorian-era buildings. Our rich music heritage goes back to the 1950's when new fad Rock n' Roll music began to sweep the nation and the roots of Jazz were being established as an American tradition. Many top songwriters and performers cut vinyl at Jackson Highway Studio and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. The Jackson Highway Studio was even pictured on the cover of Cher's 3614 Jackson Highway album.