Lee County, Alabama
Lee County is located in east-central Alabama. Lee County has only ever had one county seat throughout its history. The county seat of Lee County is Opelika and was chosen over Auburn and Salem. Lee County is most notably known as the home of Auburn University, one of the two largest higher education campuses in the state of Alabama.
Formerly a part of the land acquired by the United States by the 1832 Treaty of Cusseta, Lee County was created from portions of Macon, Russell, Chambers, and Tallapoosa counties. Lee County was named after General Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Confederate Army. There are seven incorporated townships in Lee County: Auburn, Loachapoka, Notasulga, Opelika, Phenix City, Smiths Station, and Waverly. Three of these cities are in both Lee County and another county.
Lee County boasts many recreational opportunities for tourists. Chewacla State Park is over 696 acres and a 26 acre lake. The Donald E. Davis Arboretum consists primarily of a walking trail where you can follow a guide, identifying over 150 different species of trees that are indigenous to Alabama and the southeast. The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve is a 110 acre preserve. Other recreational opportunities are: Kiesel Park, Leee County Public Fishing Lake, and Saugahatchee Lake in Opelika.
Auburn University is a public university and it is located in Lee County. Auburn University educates more than 25,000 students on an annual basis. Chartered in 1856, it began as a private school. But, in 1872 the college became the state’s first public university as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. In 1892, Auburn University became the first co-ed university in the state. In 1899, the university was renamed the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. It was not until 1960 that the university officially changed its name to Auburn University and today, it is known commonly as “Auburn”.
Lee County is also the home to several museums. The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts is located at Auburn University and has a permanent collection of art in eight galleries, which hosts many educational programs each year. The Museum of East Alabama is in Opelika and contains numerous historical artifacts. The Tiger Trail of Auburn honors Auburn University’s greatest athletes and coaches. The Jonathan B. Lovelace Athletic Museum and Hall of Honor and the Opelika Performing Arts Series are other museums which a visitor would enjoy.
During the winter holidays, the Northside Historic District of Opelika hosts self-driving and walking tours where the downtown area and nearly 50 private residences participate in having unique holiday decorations to view. The Loachapoka Historic District also contains numerous homes and buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
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