Butler County was a main stopping point for settlers along the Federal Road at the beginning of the 19th century and was created in 1819 just before Alabama became a state. Butler county was named for Capt. William Butler, who was killed fighting Indians in 1818.
The county seat is Greenville. Butler is the only county in Alabama that grows tobacco. The county’s population is 21,957. Of those residents, 8,798 are black and 13,049 are white. Most of the county is rural.
Major industries in the county include timber, textiles, electrical and auto parts production.
Its chief agricultural products are timber, poultry, cattle, peanuts, tobacco, cotton, vegetables and hogs.
There are four elementary schools, one middle school, three high schools and one two-year college in the county. The average education level is 10th grade.
Tourist attractions include the Hank Williams Museum and Cambrian Ridge, a course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
The Extension office in Butler County has six full-time and one part-time employees who supervise programs in community development, family development, and agricultural and natural resources. The office also assists with a 4-H program that involves 350 young people.