About Decatur and Morgan County

Location

Located on the banks of the Tennessee River in North Alabama, Decatur and Morgan County is a growing area that has a lot to offer. Decatur-Morgan County is located in Northern Alabama, approximately twenty minutes from Huntsville and a little over an hour from Birmingham and Nashville.

The county is within a day’s drive from nearly 50% of the nation’s population, including cities such as Atlanta, Memphis, St. Louis and New Orleans.

Population

More than 113,000 people currently reside in Morgan County. Over 50,000 people call Decatur home and Hartselle residents number approximately 13,000. For more demographic information visit the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce’s site.

Weather

Residents of Decatur-Morgan County enjoy temperate year-round weather with four distinct seasons. The average temperature ranges from 40° degrees in the winter to 80° in the summer.

Average Temperatures

  • January: 40.2°F
  • April: 61.5°F
  • July: 79.3°F
  • October: 61.3°F

Average Precipitation

  • Rainfall: 58.85 in
  • Snowfall: <1 in

Morgan County History

Morgan County

Morgan County was established in 1818 from land acquired from the Cherokee Indians by the Treaty of Turkeytown. Originally named Cotaco for the creek that runs through it, the county was later re-named in honor of Daniel Morgan, a Brigadier General who is best known for his victory at Cow Pens during the American Revolution. The county seat was transferred from Somerville to Decatur in 1891, where it remains today.

Today, Morgan County continues to cater to the world through internationally-sanctioned sports events and lays claim to America’s first wave pool. It is home to the hundreds of wildlife that resides in the Wheeler National Refuge and is a destination for bird watchers from around the nation. Thousands of visitors come to the growing county each year to attend sports tournaments and some of the state’s best festivals.

City of Decatur

Decatur’s rich history dates back to 1823 when it was founded by order of the U. S. Congress and President James Monroe in honor of the renowned U. S. naval officer Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820). Decatur, who won a sword from Congress and a captaincy when he was only 25, was one of the most daring officers in the United States Navy during its early years. He is remembered for his timeless toast: “Our country; in her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be right; but our country, right or wrong.”

Situated on the banks of the Tennessee River, Decatur was an integral port during the War Between the States. The area’s key railroad junction made the city a prime location for both sides. Union troops took over the Old State Bank, one of three bank branches opened in 1833 as part of the original state-wide banking system designed by Andrew Jackson, and turned the building into a makeshift hospital and guard house. The Old State Bank and three other buildings were the only structures to survive the Civil War when Union troops withdrew from the city.

City of Hartselle

Decatur’s rich history dates back to 1823 when it was founded by order of the U. S. Congress and President James Monroe in honor of the renowned U. S. naval officer Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820). Decatur, who won a sword from Congress and a captaincy when he was only 25, was one of the most daring officers in the United States Navy during its early years. He is remembered for his timeless toast: “Our country; in her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be right; but our country, right or wrong.”

Situated on the banks of the Tennessee River, Decatur was an integral port during the War Between the States. The area’s key railroad junction made the city a prime location for both sides. Union troops took over the Old State Bank, one of three bank branches opened in 1833 as part of the original state-wide banking system designed by Andrew Jackson, and turned the building into a makeshift hospital and guard house. The Old State Bank and three other buildings were the only structures to survive the Civil War when Union troops withdrew from the city.

Mission Statement

Decatur Morgan County Tourism is a nonprofit organization created exclusively to market Decatur and Morgan County to both groups and individuals, to enhance the economy and increase employment. D.M.C.T. serves as an economic driver, community marketer, industry coordinator, and builder of community pride.

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