Montevallo is an intentionally distinctive small town which encourages commerce, celebrates and cultivates the arts, enjoys bountiful natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities, protects the environment, inspires learning, nurtures its youth, and honors its rich history and widely diverse stakeholders.
As the oldest settlement in Shelby County, Montevallo – then known as Wilson’s Hill - will celebrate its Bicentennial in 2017. And, we invite you to come and be a part of that celebration!
We are the home of the University of Montevallo, American Village, Alabama National Cemetery, Aldrich Coal Mine Museum, the James Wylie Shepherd Observatory, Parnell Memorial Library, the nationally recognized Parks Trail, a historic downtown and neighboring residential district, and a host of beautiful parks and other abundant natural resources. And, we are so much more!
Montevallo is an Alabama Community of Excellence and a newly designated Alabama Main Street Community. The Montevallo Main Street Program is designed to revitalize the social and economic institutions in our historic downtown. Over the next few years, residents and visitors to Montevallo can expect our downtown to offer even more shopping, eateries, parks, festivals and events. We already host a number of unique events including: Art Walk, an annual Fire Prevention Parade, FFA Farm Day and MLK Day Parade, just to name a few.
Montevallo is also proud of its Sister City relationship with Echizen Town, Japan. Our relationship began over a shared love of art – specifically hand thrown and wood fired pottery. From that elemental beginning, we now conduct a student exchange program whereby each year we alternate sending students and chaperones to each other’s communities in an effort to share knowledge and interests of our respective cultures.
We strive to enhance, enrich, and empower the lives of everyone who comes through our city. We invite you to explore the culture and the arts in Montevallo, to participate in the history of our timeless city, to shop our stores and galleries on Main Street, to dine at our homegrown and home-owned restaurants, and to enjoy the natural beauty of our parks and walking trails. We are proud to be Montevallo! And, we welcome you to come experience our hometown for yourself.
Our Main Streets are places of shared memory where people still come together to live, work and play.