City of Odenville     

 A Good Place To Call Home        

  • St. Clair County High School
    St. Clair County High School
  • Graduating Class of 1909
    Graduating Class of 1909
  • Odenville Baseball Team 
1910
    Odenville Baseball Team 1910
  • Old City Hall & Post Office
    Old City Hall & Post Office
  • The Hardwick Tunnel
    The Hardwick Tunnel
  • Railroad construction in 1903
    Railroad construction in 1903
  • Odenville Train Depot 1940s
    Odenville Train Depot 1940s
  • Old City Hall & Post Office
    Old City Hall & Post Office
  • Hand Built Fire Truck 
1971 Truck #2
    Hand Built Fire Truck 1971 Truck #2
  • Mack Fire Truck 1976
Truck #3
    Mack Fire Truck 1976 Truck #3
  • Peter Hardin, Neil Hodges Home Built 1827
    Peter Hardin, Neil Hodges Home Built 1827
  • Inside Old Library
Next To Methodist 
Church
    Inside Old Library Next To Methodist Church
  • The Cahaba Hotel Where Library Now Is Located
    The Cahaba Hotel Where Library Now Is Located
  • Halloween  
T. R. Henderson
1971
    Halloween T. R. Henderson 1971
  • Shorty Mabry Janitor 
     1927-1970
    Shorty Mabry Janitor 1927-1970
  • Womanless Wedding 
   Alvin Byers
    Womanless Wedding Alvin Byers
  • Moody Bus To St. Clair High School 1926
    Moody Bus To St. Clair High School 1926
  • Liberty Church Memorial Day
    Liberty Church Memorial Day
St. Clair County High School
St. Clair County High School

Odenville is located in St. Clair County in the north-central part of Alabama. It has a mayor/council form of government.    


History 

The Hardin family, the first to settle on the current location of Odenville, moved there in 1824 and established a blacksmithing/cabinet-making business, giving the settlement its initial name: Hardin's Shop. The first school, consisting of one room, was built in 1864. The first post office was established in 1874, and the name of the town changed to Odenville, probably after a local family or a member of that family. The area's economy was centered on agriculture, primarily cotton and produce. The first cotton gin was built there in the early 1890s.

The Seaboard Railroad began constructing a line through Odenville in 1901, finishing it in 1905. A new multi-room schoolhouse was constructed in 1906. The first bank in town was established in 1908, and the first telephone service came around 1912. Odenville incorporated in 1914, after a failed attempt to do so in 1910. Odenville was chosen as the site of St. Clair County's first high school in 1908, which was completed by 1909. Students who lived too far to make the trip daily boarded at a local hotel. This high school served the area until 1962, when it was condemned and a new one was built.


Education 

Public schools in Odenville are part of the St. Clair County School District; the town has approximately 1,925 students and 120 teachers in one elementary school, one intermediate school, one middle school, and one high school.


Transportation 

U.S. Highway 411/State Highway 25 runs northeast-southwest through town. State Highway 174 runs north-southwest through the town.


Events and Places of Interest  

Odenville holds a Christmas Parade a week after Thanksgiving each year. The city maintains one park with a walking trail.

The James Forman House is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Additional Resources 

St. Clair County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of St. Clair County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1998.

Whitten, Joseph L. Odenville, Alabama: A History of Our Town, 1821-1992. Cullman, Ala.: Gregath Publishing Company, 1992.

James P. Kaetz
Auburn University