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One of the most widely know landmarks in Decatur is the State Branch Bank Building. As north Alabama began to grow in the early 1800's, the need for branch banks became evident. After considerable agitation over the need for these banks, the legislature, on January 21, 1830, passed a bill providing for the establishment of branch banks. In the contest for the first branch bank in North Alabama, Decatur triumphed over the rivals of Courtland, Huntsville, Florence, and Tuscumbia. At a special session of the legislature in November of 1832, a bill was introduced to establish a state bank in Decatur. James Fennel, a large landowner who lived between Trinity and Decatur, had early business interests in Decatur, and was one of the town's principle promoters. The massive stone columns adorning the front of the building were quarried on his plantation and hauled to the place of erection by specially built ox-wagons.

Location: 952 Bank St NE, Decatur Alabama Telephone 256-350-5060

Other History nearby:
(Huntsville) Alabama Constitution Village
(Tuscumbia) Belle Mont
(Sacramento) BF Hastings Building
(Huntsville) Burritt Museum and Park
(Cullman) Cullman County Museum
(Charleston) Cultural Center-Charleston

08/11 Coming to The Decatur area
Mountain Brook Spring Art Show Mountain Brook AL April20 Up to one hundred local member artists will display original artwork for sale in an outdoor setting in quaint Mountain Brook near Crestline Village. Artwork available will range in size from minis to extra large canvases and all price ranges. Jazz band will be featured and food will be available at field.
Panoply Arts Festival Huntsville AL April26-28 Each spring in the heart of the Rocket City the arts are in full bloom at the Panoply Arts Festival.
Tennessee Strawberry Festival Dayton TN May4-11 The Tennessee Strawberry Festival is the celebration of small town life. It offers a chance for our community to showcase its beauty, history and commitment to family values.
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Car Show Birmingham AL October11-13 Triumph Dealers of North America display, Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Merchandise Trailer featuring event TShirts, Pins, and Posters, Official Barber Vintage Festival event merchandise, Southern Vintage Fire Apparatus Association display, and Concessions
New Salem Mountain Festival Lookout Mountain GA October12-13 Exhibits will include pottery, paintings, furniture, wood turning, wood carving, stained glass, jewelry, candles, iron works, wreaths, baskets, chair caning, leather, luggage, purses, quilts, throws, soap, dog accessories, brooms, scarves, needlework, clothing and accessories, fabrics, chimes, vegetables, jellies, condiments and much more.
Kentuck Festival of the Arts Northport AL October19-20 Nationally and internationally acclaimed folk artists, 270+ folk, visionary, and contemporary artists and expert craftspeople presenting their work to you, free hands-on art-making for children in Kentuck for Kids and throughout the park, interactive live demonstrations by expert craftspeople—basketmakers, blacksmiths, woodworkers, traditional potters, fiber and fabric artists, quilters, jewelers, and a glassblower, live music and story-telling, food and fellowship.