Luverne is the county seat of Crenshaw County. It’s located in south-central Alabama along the Patsaliga River. It was named after one of the founders’ wife’s, Luverne LeGrand. Known as “The Friendliest City in the South” it is a great place to raise a family. It is a town where everyone actually knows your name. A walk downtown brings a constant stream of greetings.
In 1988 the Montgomery and Florida Railroad companies purchased land to run its railroad starting in Sprague Junction. The railroad was to terminate in Rutledge. Through the efforts of early settlers the railroad was rerouted to terminate in Luverne. That is how Luverne became a town. Because of the success of the railroad in 1893 the residents of Crenshaw County voted to move the courthouse and the county seat to Luverne.
Luverne has one public school, Luverne High School. It comprises of grades K-12th. The high school was recently recognized by US News and World Report magazine as one of America’s Best High Schools! Very impressive when compared to 21,000 other high schools nationwide. They are known as the Tigers and like most southern towns Friday night football is the event of the week! There is also a private K-12th grade school too, Crenshaw Christian Academy. It offers excellent academic subjects and Christian guidance for its students. They also offer extracurricular activities like dance, golf and of course sports, go Cougars!
For the youth of the city they have two great recreational parks. The Person to Person Sports Complex and the E. L. Turner Recreation Park offer ball fields, swimming, tennis and even a golf course. There are several lakes in the area for boating and fishing as well. For lodging there is The Camillia House Bed and Breakfast. A beautiful newly renovated 100 year old Queen Ann Victorian home is such a charming treat. The CH treats are a must!!
Annual events in town include the World’s Largest Peanut Boil. The Crenshaw County Shriner Club hosts this event to raise money for children with medical needs. It is held every Labor Day and has been known to boil over 12 tons of peanuts. It is unbelievable that by Labor Day they actually are sold out. That’s a lot of peanuts!! The Crenshaw County Rodeo, the annual Christmas parade and 4th of July fireworks display are other events enjoyed by Luverne residents.
While visiting downtown you will want to visit the quaint little shops that are reopening. Did I forget to mention that Sister Schubert’s bakery is located in Luverne? Well it is, can you imagine waking up to that wonderful smell? To learn more about Luverne, its history, citizens activities and events, visit the city’s website, The City of Luverne.
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I always enjoy a ride through Luverne on the way to the beach! Home of friend, JB Roberts!
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