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Chatom
Chatom

Chatom, Alabama is located at the intersection of Highway 56 and 17 and is the geographic center of Washington County, Alabama’s First County – “Where Alabama Began.” Today, Chatom has a population of approximately 1,200 and is a home to an award-winning Public Library and Hospital & Nursing Home as well as attractions such as Lake Ellis, Chatom Community Center, and a beautiful 18-Hole golf course, The Pines of Chatom. Chatom is a very active and outgoing community and is known for its friendliness and its successful 4th of July Celebration and Mardi Gras activities. The Town of Chatom will be celebrating the AL 200 Bicentennial with the opening of a new Veterans Honor Park in November 2019.

Camden
Camden

Camden is the county seat of Wilcox County in west-central Alabama and has a population of about 2,000 residents. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has an area of 4.2 square miles. Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center (BBTCAC), a non-profit organization, is based in Camden. This organization sells and promotes fine arts and heritage crafts, as well as provides the community with art education opportunities. Strategically located in the heart of Alabama’s Black Belt, BBTCAC serves as the centerpiece of an arts economy revitalization, which involves artist development and arts education and encourages residents and visitors to experience arts, culture, and place.

Elba
Elba

Elba is located in Coffee County in southeast Alabama, where Whitewater Creek and the Pea River meet.  The population of Elba is approximately 4,000, and the city has a mayor-council form of government with officials serving four-year terms.  The town experienced several destructive floods in the late twentieth century, the most severe of which kept the town under water for four days in March 1990.  Residents enjoy coffee, music, and art at the Just Folk Coffeehouse on the town square, and the non-profit organization Restoration 154 operates Pea River Outdoors and is seeking to renovate the historic Elba Theater.  

Collinsville
Collinsville

Collinsville is located in the northeast corner of Alabama in both DeKalb and Cherokee County.  It has a mayor/council form of government and a population of 2,000.  According to the 2010 census, nearly half of Collinsville residents are Hispanic, and in 2013 the Collinsville High School all-Hispanic soccer team won the school's first state championship.  The Collinsville Public Library is located downtown and offers a number of programs for residents of all ages, including the annual Quilt Walk, which attracts visitors from several states.  The Collinsville Historical Association promotes the preservation and understanding of local history. CHA has restored the Town Clock that once sat atop the 1946 Cricket Theatre, and they are currently working to save and preserve the historic theatre itself. 

Last Updated: March 03, 2014