Big Mill


The Spot


Dekalb County Theatre


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The Fort Payne Boom Town Historic District is a historic district in Fort Payne, Alabama. The district encompasses five properties built around 1889, when Fort Payne was undergoing huge growth owing to the area's mineral deposits. Included are the Alabama Great Southern Depot; the Fort Payne Opera House; the Sawyer Building, a two-story Victorian commercial building; City Park, which sat across from the (now-demolished) county courthouse; and Purdy Furniture, which built as the headquarters of the Fort Payne Coal and Iron Company. Another Victorian commercial building has since been demolished.[2] The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

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Unique Shopping

Visit our local shops and see what FP has to offer. The US 11 Antique Alley Yard Sale on May 14-17th stretches thru FT. Payne and gives you miles of yard sales to explore.

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Let's Eat

Join us at our unique cafes and restaraunts.Meet local folks and feel right at home in our very beautiful and historic city.

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w ith our beautiful parks and historic landmarks there is lots to see.Experience "Boomtown" listed in the National Historic Registry of beautiful cities to see.Explore The Cabin Site- on Trail of Tears.

So Much To Do In Such A Beautiful Place

Take Diversity--Creativity--Beauty and throw in some Historic charms.
Welcome To Fort Payne.

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Big Mill Co. Artisans & Antiques

OwnerLynn Brewer

Artisans and Antiques sales in a beautiful historic building.You have to check out the vintage restaraunt.

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The Strand

Locally Owned

Antique store and Restaurant all rolled into one. Located in historic downtown Fort Payne, in the old "Strand Theatre" building. open 6days. Friday night is Steak night at The Strand.

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Fort Payne Depot Museum

The Fort Payne Depot Museum is one of the few surviving nineteenth-century railway terminals in Alabama. Located on the main thoroughfare in Fort Payne, DeKalb County, it features a large collection of Native American artifacts as well as holdings that illustrate the history of the region and the railroad era.

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DeSoto State Park

One Of Alabama's Beautiful State Parks

Take the opportunity to commune with nature in DeSoto State Park, voted as one of America's top 10 state parks by Camping Life Magazine in their April 2006 issue! Hiking and Biking trails, swimming pool, tennis courts, playground and picnic area are just part of what awaits you in this park.

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The Spot

WebsiteThe Spot

Serving Fair Trade Organic Coffee, Frozen blended drinks, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Panini Sandwiches, French Bread Pizza, Pastries and Desserts

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The Fort Payne Opera House

Built during the city's industrial boom in 1889, Fort Payne's Opera House is the only one in the State of Alabama still in use. The establishment has been used as a movie theatre, live theatre and a public forum. The Opera House still hosts live theatrical events The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and the National Register of 19th Century Theatres in America. Completely restored, the Opera House is a cultural center of the community.

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The Alabama Fan Club and Museum

Located in Fort Payne

Home of the Country Music Group of the Century, this museum houses the group Alabama's many awards and achievements, collections from their youth and a souvenir and gift shop.

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The Bookshelf Etc!

OwnerConnie Fuller

A great Variety of books, and selling Christmas collectables all year round.

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Fort Payne Coal And Iron Building

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    Big Mill Co. Artisans & Antiques

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    The Strand

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    Fort Payne Depot Museum

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    DeSoto State Park

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    The Spot

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    The Fort Payne Opera House

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    The Alabama Fan Club and Museum

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    Bookshelf Etc

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    Fort Payne Coal And Iron Building

Something For Everyone

Fort Payne is perfectly situated to offer a vast array of things to do and see that will appeal to all.
Fort Payne is located between 2 stunningly scenic mountains, Lookout Mountain and Sand Mountain, which provide unlimited opportunities for relishing the beauty of the outdoors. Within minutes of the city are 4 parks that provide one with the chance to hike, bike, kayak, camp, fish, or simply be and savor the sounds of the waterfalls and the smells of the wildflowers. For those who are interested in further educating themselves while at the same time enjoying the natural wonders of Northeast Alabama, Jacksonville State University has recently opened its newest Field School at Little River Canyon where their instructors “apply immersion-based learning, Natural History interpretation and outdoor adventure to create unique programs that are not only educational but extremely fun.”
If shopping is your interest, Fort Payne’s downtown area features many antique shops in which to browse and find treasures. Also Fort Payne is a stop along the World’s Longest Yard Sale (in August) and Antique Alley (in May) that draw thousands of shoppers to the area.
Throughout the year, Fort Payne is a place of fun and entertainment. There are festivals throughout the year that celebrate the history of the town, the music of the mountains, and the seasons of the year. Young and old come out to fellowship and enjoy the spirit of the town as friends and neighbors become a community.
And finally, if you are interested in the big city life, we are just a hop, skip, and a jump from several major metropolitan areas with their fine dining and evenings out. In less than 2 hours you can enjoy The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga or tour NASA’s Space Museum in Huntsville or shop at The Summit, one of Birmingham’s upscale shopping centers. All close enough to visit for the day and then return to the peaceful and relaxing life in our small town.
Fort Payne… there’s no place like it.

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Boom Days Heritage Celebration

Fort Payne’s annual art and music festival, displays citizens of Fort Payne taking a second look at their past and the heritage passed down to them through the arts and crafts of our area. It features dozens of the South’s finest visual artists and traditional craftsmen, as well as dozens of the area’s most talented musical groups.

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Fort Payne and the Trail of Tears

The Trail of Tears was a tragic era of the 1830's that brought about the forced removal of Indians from their native lands in the Southeastern United States. DeKalb County, Alabama was once home to the proud Cherokee Nation who were placed on this trail against their will and sent to new homes in Oklahoma Territory. One of the groups to depart from Fort Payne, the county seat once known as Will's Town Mission for Indian Chief Red Head Will, was conducted by Cherokee leader John Benge. He left present day Fort Payne with a contingent of 1,103 Cherokees for what would become an arduous 734-mile trip.

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City Park

Newly refurbished, City Park is the oldest park in Fort Payne. It is located in downtown on the corner of Gault Avenue and 5th Street across from the Dekalb Theater. City Park is home to the newly inaugurated statues honoring the country music supergroup Alabama who call Fort Payne their home.

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Fun Facts

Interesting Facts About Fort Payne,Al

Fort Payne, located within DeKalb County, was the Sock Capital of the World! That’s right! Fort Payne shipped out 1,350,000 Dozen Pairs of socks each week and produced 67,500,000 Dozen Pairs of socks each year. It would take 124,000 acres a year to grow the 62,000,000 pounds of cotton it took to create those socks.

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The World’s Longest Yard Sale in August follows our Lookout Mountain Parkway, named by Reader’s Digest as one of “America’s Most Scenic Drives.” The yard sale gains popularity each year as avid shoppers enjoy driving the scenic byway and finding bargains at the more than 4,000 yard sales that businesses and residents along the Lookout Mountain Parkway and the US 127 Corridor sponsor each year.

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DeKalb County is comprised of 778 square miles with many natural scenic wonders that reach across two mountain ranges and through a rugged valley. Sights such as Buck’s Pocket State Park, DeSoto State Park, High Falls Park, Little River Canyon National Preserve and Sequoyah Caverns, combined with the historic and quaint communities of Fort Payne, Mentone, Rainsville, Fyffe and others are just a few of the reasons why you should plan your visit today and see for yourself that DeKalb County is the Highlands of Alabama!

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"Fort Payne-A fun place to Live,Work and Play"

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