Discovering Greene County: Tracing History Through Its Landscapes
Greene County, Alabama, established by an act of the territorial legislature on 13 December 1819, takes its name from Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene. Eutaw, the county seat, is named for his victory at Eutaw Springs, South Carolina.
As you enjoy our architecture, scenery, history, and people, you will find that Greene County, a haven for hunters and fishermen, is a place not that time has forgotten but a place clinging to the good things of the past and reaching out to the best of the present and the future.
Greene County, nestled along the banks of the Tombigbee, Warrior, and Sipsey rivers, contains approximately nine hundred sixty-five square miles of rich fertile soil, giving our area the name “The Black Belt”.
On 30 September 1960, the Greene County Historical Society was officially established, and the constitution was adopted on 14 October 1960. The first Greene County Historical Society Fall Pilgrimage occurred on 12 October 1963.
Eutaw is one of few places in the South with many of its original antebellum homes. Its unique location, being almost surrounded by three rivers, saved it from destruction by the Union armies during the Civil War. After burning Tuscaloosa, the Northern troops skirted Greene County and marched into Mississippi.
Of fifty-three remaining antebellum structures, twenty-seven have already been admitted to the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, dozens more homes built during the Victorian era survive in Eutaw.
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