We are Montevallo, Alabama!
We became a designated Main Street Community in June 2016. Since then, our downtown has been transformed with a comprehensive streetscape renovation, several new businesses, a robust façade grant program for our existing businesses, and a roster of exciting community events.
Our place is the oldest community in Shelby County. Settled in 1817, Wilson’s Hill would become Montevallo in 1826 and grow as a farming, mining, and railroad community fueling industry of the region. The course of the City would change forever in 1896 with the opening of the Alabama Girls’ Industrial School. Our marked history is evident in our historic homes and buildings that form the rich character of downtown and our City.
Our setting is marked by its stunning landscape. While many tales are told about the meaning of Montevallo, the rolling hills, creeks, valleys, and landscape define our city. These markers in the land have become our playground where our parks, trails, lakes, and streams become places to walk, bike, run, and play. We are a city that thrives in our natural setting mere steps away from the heart of downtown.
Our landscape inspires the creativity of our people through art. Orr Park has trees that are carved into fanciful faces and creatures. Downtown murals tell the story of our past and inspire creativity among locals and visitors alike. Two hands – one old, one young that holds the key to the future simply called “Becoming” is a centerpiece of the University of Montevallo, connecting the deep meaning found in art with the role of a place of learning.
Our youth are our inspiration. The University of Montevallo is an anchor in our city, a partner with the community, and a place that keeps us forever young. Middle and High School students serve on Montevallo Junior City Council where their opinions are sought by elected leaders. Our schools, Boys and Girls club, and library recognize that our young people are indeed our future.
Montevallo is truly a remarkable place. Our history has molded us into a warm and welcoming community. Our landscape reinforces the importance of nature and the environment. We delight in the whimsy and unexpected pleasures that art and creativity bring. We cultivate partnerships that bring out the best of our people to create an exciting future for this singular and exceptional City. We cherish and embrace our youthful energy. We are a place apart where anyone can pursue their dreams, have an impact, and make a difference.
We invite you to discover Montevallo, Alabama: The Place to Make Your Mark!
Main Street is a unique preservation based economic development program.