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ABOUT BUTLER COUNTY Butler County was formed from Conecuh County and Monroe County by an act passed Dec. 13, 1819, by the Legislature while in session at Huntsville. This was the first session of the Legislature of Alabama as a state. The name of Fairfield was first proposed for this county, but was changed on the passage of the bill to Butler, in honor of Capt. William Butler. Butler, a native of Virginia, previ- ous member of Georgia Legislature and captain of Georgia militia, came to Butler County in search of adventure, but was soon killed by Native Americans near Butler Springs on the morning of March 20, 1818. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,947. ABOUT GREENVILLE DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE HISTORIC DISTRICT Greenville’s original name was Butlerville. After becoming the county seat in 1822 its name was changed to Greenville, in remembrance of the former locale in South Carolina of many of the original settlers. Greenville is home to one of the premier golf courses in the Robert Trent Jones golf trail, Cambrian Ridge. The clubhouse for the golf course was built on the highest point in Butler County. It is also home to the historic Ritz Theatre and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College. In 2005, the city was spotlighted on an ABC reality television gameshow, My Kind of Town. Also, a Hollywood feature film, The Honeydripper, by director/writer John Sayles and starring Danny Glover, was filmed in Greenville, Georgiana and Butler County and premiered in 2007. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,135. ABOUT GEORGIANA Georgiana, Butler County’s second largest town, was origi- nally named Pittsville for the Rev. Pitt S. Milner. The town was later renamed Georgiana after Milner’s home state of Georgia and his daughter, Anna. A major tourist attraction for this part of the state is the boyhood home of Hank Wil- liams, Sr. whose birthplace is now a full museum dedicated to the country music legend. Georgiana is home to the county’s newest K-12 school building. Georgiana School opened fall 2009. As of the 2010 census, the population of the town was 1,738. BUTLER COUNTY COURTH OUSE ABOUT MCKENZIE McKenzie, Butler County’s third largest town, is named for civil engineer, soldier and member of the Alabama Constitu- tional Convention, Bethune Beaton McKenzie. The com- munity is located in the southern section of Butler County north of the Butler-Covington county line. McKenzie was born as a depot stop on the railroad line that extended to Andalusia. As the railroad was being built, a settlement sprang up along the line. As of the 2010 census, the popula- tion of the town was 530. SHERLING LAKE PARK 4 I 2018 City Guide