About Morgan County
Directions to Hartselle Office:
From I-65 take the 328 Exit (Hartselle/Somerville Exit). Turn west on Alabama HWY 36. Travel west to HWY 31, stay on HWY 36 approximately 5 miles, just past Bible Baptist Church on left. There is a large U.S. flag in front of the building. We are located in Suite B of the USDA Service Center. From HWY 157, turn east. Our office is just past the 17 mile marker on the right.
Office hours are: Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 4:30.
Morgan County was created by the Alabama Territorial Legislature in 1818 from land acquired from the Cherokee Indians by the Treaty of Turkeytown. It was first named Cotaco for a creek that flows through it, but the name was changed in 1821 to Morgan in honor of Revolutionary War Gen. Daniel Morgan. The county seat was at Somerville from 1818 until 1891. It was then transferred to Decatur, named after Stephen E. Decatur, hero of the 1804 Battle of Tripoli.
Morgan County is a manufacturing and health care center. Its principal agricultural products are livestock, poultry and forestry. The county’s population of 136,000 is 13 percent black and 85 percent white. About 32 percent of the county’s adults are high school graduates and 28 percent have some college education. The county has 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools and one community college.
The Morgan County Extension Office employs one County Extension Coordinator, one County Extension Agent, two full-time Administrative Assistants and one part time program assistant. Five Regional Extension Agents are housed in Morgan County.