Visiting Wilcox County

Wilcox County is a nature-lover’s paradise! Whether you are fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, paddling or just sitting on the front porch and watching the sun rise over our beautiful lush, green landscape, you are sure to enjoy Wilcox County for our natural beauty.

Just a few of the things to do are listed below. For more, be sure to visit the Wilcox County Chamber of Commerce website.

IMG_0890-001-300x240Fishing

Fishing in Wilcox County is outstanding. With multiple locations to launch a boat, backwaters to canoe in, and bank fishing aplenty, you’ll catch your fill of fish here! Below are a few links to help you fill your cooler with fish!

Wilcox County, Alabama, is likely best known for its numerous outdoor opportunities. The rural landscape boasts an impressive selection of game animals including whitetail deer, wild turkeys, feral hogs, squirrels, rabbits, ducks, doves, and geese. The county has more miles of riverfront than any other county in south Alabama.

Hunting

From big Whitetail Deer, American Turkey and Alligator, Wilcox County’s game animals are everywhere. And there are many opportunities for hunting throughout the area. Below are just a few links to help you get your next big hunt organized. We’ll see you in Wilcox County soon!

Chilatchee Creek Campground

Chilatchee Creek Campground

History

Wilcox County was named for Lieutenant Joseph M. Wilcox, an army officer from Connecticut who was killed in a battle with the Indians on the banks of the Alabama River in this region in 1814. One day older than the State of Alabama (Dec. 1, 1819), Wilcox County includes numerous examples of antebellum homes and buildings, most still in continuous use. Its towns are also historic. Camden was incorporated in 1842, after the county seat was moved from the banks of the Alabama River. Oak Hill was settled in the early 1800′s. Pine Apple was founded in 1820. Pine Hill saw its first settlers in the early 1800′s. Yellow Bluff is our newest town, incorporated in 1986. Be sure to explore the many historic structures located throughout our county.

Culture

Black Belt Treasures

blackbeltBlack Belt Treasures is a non-profit organization developed to showcase and promote the arts of and provide arts education opportunities to the Black Belt region. The development and retention of the area’s art skills are vital to the process. All of these elements combine as an economic engine that has resulted in increased sales and recognition for area artists, access to arts educational opportunities for youth and adults, as well as contributing to the development of the tourism industry in our region.

Since its opening in September 2005, Black Belt Treasures has grown from representing 75 artists to well over 400.  Black Belt Treasures features the works of a cross section of talented painters, sculptors, potters, basket-weavers, quilters, and woodworkers. Visitors from all fifty states of the United States and over 23 foreign counties have visited the Black Belt Treasures Gallery since its opening in 2005, and then traveled to other points of interest across the Black Belt region.

Gee’s Bend Quilters

Gee's-Bend-Quilts-Collective_IMG_0580Gee’s Bend is a small rural community located in a curve in the Alabama River in the northern part of Wilcox County, AL.  Founded in the early 1800s, it was the site of cotton plantations.  After the Civil War, the freed slaves became tenant farmers and founded an all-black community that was nearly isolated from the surrounding world..  Many of the community members eventually bought the farms from the government in the 1940s.

The women in the community created quilts as a means of supporting their families.  These quilts were made using whatever materials were available.  This group of ladies developed a distinctive, bold, and sophisticated quilting style based on traditional American (and African American) quilts, but with a geometric simplicity reminiscent of Amish quilts and modern art. The women of Gee’s Bend have passed their skills down through at least six generations and the tradition continues.