Crenshaw County was created in 1866 and named for Andrew Crenshaw, a South Carolinian who settled in nearby Butler County. Its county seat was originally Rutledge, but it moved to Luverne in 1893.
The rural county’s population is 27.6 percent black and 72.1 percent white. Of adults over age 25, 51.3 percent are high school graduates. The county has four elementary schools, four high schools and one vocational school.
Crenshaw County is the home of the world’s largest peanut boil. Other tourist attractions include Crenshaw County Lake, antique stores, flea markets and an artesian well. The county is also a main thoroughfare to northwest Florida beaches.
Major agricultural products include peanuts, timber, cotton, corn and hay. The largest industry in Crenshaw County is Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls Inc., located just outside Luverne.
The Extension office employs four people full time and two part time. Active Extension programs include breast cancer early detection, calf shows, a health fair, the Enjoying the Golden Years Program for Seniors, hay distribution and 4-H. The 4-H program involves 692 youth.