Demopolis

Although Demopolis is a small town, we are blessed with an amazing number of well preserved historical sites, nationally recognized festivals and events, active community arts programs, beautiful parks, and a civic infrastructure that would be the envy of cities much larger than ours. If that's not enough, we shouldn't forget our rivers. The Tombigee and Black Warrior Rivers which flow past the very doorstep of our community provide the opportunity for world class fishing, water sports, and of course, just sitting at the City Landing park with a big glass of sweet tea watching the river flow by. ..

 

Christmas on the River

 

Since its debut in 1972, Demopolis Alabama's Christmas on the River has grown into one of the Southeast's leading attractions.  People travel from coast to coast to see the floats that really float.  Each year, events have been added until Christmas on the River has developed into a week long festival. 

The Canebrake Players      

 

The Canebrake Players is a local theater group that was established in early 1981.  The Players usually produce three or four plays annually. They have included comedy, drama, mystery, musicals, and fantasy. They have been directed by professionals, amateurs, and Canebrake Players.

Foscue Creek Park

 

This is a Corp of Engineers park with 54 Sites, most of which include electrical and water hookups, sewage (limited number of sites), dump station, coin laundry, hot showers, pay phone, playground, group shelter available for rent, boat ramp and hiking trail (in day use).  A park attendant is on duty.  The campground is open year round

Directions: From Demopolis, Alabama, go 3 miles west on US 80, turn right at signs and go approximately 2 miles following signs to park entrance.  Telephone number: (334) 289-5535.

 

Hunting & Fishing

 

Located near Demopolis, AL, at the confluence of the Black Warrior and Tombigbee River, Demopolis Lake is the largest lake in the Black Warrior-Tombigbee system. The lake extends 48 miles upriver on the Black Warrior and 53 miles up the Tombigbee and covers 10,000 acres.  There is also a large, full service marina at Demopolis.  The region around Demopolis Lake provides excellent hunting. The Corps manages 1400 acres for public hunting and leases another 6400 acres to the Alabama Department of Conservation for a state wildlife management area. Wildlife and forest management programs have enhanced the habitat in these areas and game is plentiful. Permits are required to hunt in both areas.

 

The Bassmasters Classic

Probably the most important bass tournament there is. From its beginning in 1971 when the first Basssmasters Classic anglers were put on an airplane without knowing were they were going, with a purse of $10,000 for the winner, to now with hype for a whole year about the location and a purse of $1,196,500, the Bassmasters Classic has come a long way.  The 2007 Bassmasters Classic fishing winner was Boyd Duckett of Demopolis.

 

Ravine Golf Course 

The City of Demopolis owns and operates an 18 hole public golf course.  The

Ravine offers a pro shop, putting green and driving range.  The course is open 7 days a week until sundown. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sax in the City

The Demopolis Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Two Rivers Arts Council, hosts Sax in the City in the spring and the fall.  The Sax in the City program began four years ago.  It is an outdoor concert series, usually held in the downtown square of Demopolis.  The concerts offer a wide variety of music genres for the community to experience.  The acts have ranged from bluegrass to gospel, from acoustic guitar to jazz.

Historic Attractions

 

Gaineswood

Gaineswood, completed in 1860

A National Historic Landmark and considered one of America's finest examples of the Greek Revival style of architecture, Gaineswood was built between 1843 and 1861 by Nathan Bryan Whitfield.  A cotton planter and Renaissance man of his time, Whitfield moved from North Carolina to Marengo County in 1834. 
                                                                  
In 1842 Whitfield purchased the 480-acre estate of George Strother Gaines.  According to family records, a dogtrot cabin in which Gaines lived became the nucleus for Whitfield's Greek Revival mansion.  With the help of artists, craftsmen, and other talented persons, including  enslaved persons, Whitfield enlarged and refined the home to his liking.
                                                                        
By 1856 Whitfield decided to name the mansion Gaineswood in honor of George Strother Gaines.  Gaines played a large role not only in the history of Gaineswood, but also in the history of Demopolis, the state, and in the 1830 Choctaw removal.  It was Gaines who encouraged incoming French exiles in 1817 to establish their Vine and Olive Colony in what was to become Demopolis.
                                                           
By 1860 Whitfield had added Gaineswood's domed ceilings.  With the exterior and folly landscape complete, Whitfield hired artist John Sartain to produce a steel engraving of the mansion's facade and grounds.  Shown in the engraving are a hand-dug artificial lake fed by an artesian well and a summerhouse pavilion.
                                                               
Today visitors can tour the Greek Revival structure which contains many original Whitfield family furnishings donated by descendants.
                                        
Site Director: Eleanor Cunninghan

Director of Collections and Interpretation: Bruce Lipscombe

Tue-Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

First Non Holiday Sat of the month - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Phone: (334) 289-4846

Bluff Hall

Bluff Hall was built in 1832 as a father’s gift to his daughter.  This Federal townhouse was modified in the Greek Revival style in the 1850’s by the addition of a colonnaded portico, a large front wing and louvered gallery on a rear wing and white paint.  Displays include clothing, Empire and Victorian furniture and an exhibit on local history.  Bluff Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Lyon Hall

Demopolis Public Square

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The Demopolis Public Square is one of the oldest public squares in Alabama.   It was laid out in 1819.  Its handsome pavilion and benches under shade trees invite old and young alike to pause and rest.  The cast iron fountain and Confederate Statue are popular picture-taking spots.