Today we are heading to 'The Camellia City" otherwise known as Greenville Alabama. If you have ever traveled to the Gulf Coast you have driven by. Located half an hour south of Montgomery, it is a great place to stop for a spell. Greenville's name was originally Butlerville it was changed after becoming Butler County's seat in 1822. It was named in remembrance of the town the original settlers came from in South Carolina.
I enjoy visiting old town squares, well Greenville has a little different layout. It is more like a roundabout with the Butler County Courthouse in the middle. In the middle of downtown you can find the post office, city hall and the Confederate Park. The Confederate Park is about a block long with a beautiful fountain and a large Confederate soldier statue.
The downtown area is full of historical buildings. The Ritz Theatre, recently renovated by the Greenville Area Arts Council, is really a sight to see. The inside will take you back in time. The GAAC took great effort to restore the Art Deco style of the 1930's. It hosts dance recitals, pageants and the GAAC have three to four shows a year. The small-town of Greenville can now "put a show on with style". Visit it's website at http://www.gaac-ritz.com/ for more information.
Visitors can also enjoy the annual events that take place in Greenville. In September the Butler County Fair is held. The fun includes livestock, crafts, a flower show, baked goods and carnival rides! Celebration America takes place in July with a spectacular fireworks display. In the fall Old Time Farm Day involves quilting, basket making, blacksmith demonstrations, tractor races and mule-plowing teams. And you can't miss the Watermelon Jubilee every August.
If golf is your game, you will enjoy one of the most beautiful and challenging courses the state has to offer. Cambrian Ridge is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and is a favorite stop along the trail. If you would rather be hiking, camping or fishing you will love Sherling Lake Park the Great Escape, it is absolutely beautiful!
There is really just so much about his small town of Greenville that I can't possibly tell you all about what it has to offer in this post. Please visit their website at The City of Greenville. I didn't even get to tell you about all of the beautiful pront porch historic homes. I guess you will just have to go see them for yourselves!
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