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Save the Date! Celebrate Alabama’s Heritage Days in St. Stephens, Alabama, on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

As the location of the Alabama Territory’s first capital, St. Stephens has a long history in Alabama. The town site of Old St. Stephens is one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in Alabama. During a brief three decades, beginning in the 1790s to its decline in the 1820s, St. Stephens was the site of a Spanish fort, an American fort and trading post, and the Alabama Territorial capital. The town of “new” St. Stephens, approximately three miles south of the original St. Stephens town site, was selected in 1848 as the seat of government. The Washington County Courthouse building was donated to the Historical Society by the Masonic Lodge, restored and serves as the St. Stephens Historical museum and visitors center.

What to do

Visit St. Stephens October 7 and enjoy Heritage Days!

Experience a Living History Program, Food, Fun, Reenactors, Archaeology exhibit, music, period and Native American dancing. Explore fun family activities all weekend in this historical Alabama Territorial Capital.

Explore the outdoors and discover the remains of the “Indian Baths” at the St. Stephens Historical Park and Campground, 2056 Old Saint Stephens Road, Saint Stephens, AL 36569. A 100-acre quarry lake provides visitors with a great place to swim, fish, boat, and relax. Take a hike through the woods to view the town ruins, or cool off on the sugar-white beach on an aquamarine lake. There is a boat ramp available to those who want to fish, or who just want to enjoy the breathtaking scenery from the water.