The City of Fort Payne, Alabama is steeped in history, culture and southern charm. With the benefits of small-town living combined with big-city amenities, it’s a community that’s easy to call home.
Fort Payne is perhaps best known as being home to the sons of country music who make up the legendary band, ALABAMA. Whether you’re relocating to Fort Payne or just visiting, stop by the band’s museum and fan club. If you stay long enough, there’s a good chance you’ll run into one of the band members in a local restaurant.
The city celebrates its musical heritage, history and culture during the Boom Days Heritage Festival, an annual event that takes place in mid-to-late September. Held at City Park, the family-friendly festival is packed with arts and crafts, food and musical performances.
In additional to Fort Payne’s musical history, it has also been designated as the “Sock Capital of the World.” At its heyday, more than 7,000 people were employed in more than 100 hosiery mills. The hosiery industry remains strong in Fort Payne and has diversified with athletic, medical and boutique socks.
The Fort Payne City School System is ranked as the number six safest school district in Alabama out of 132 by Niche.com. Students at Fort Payne High School have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement course work and exams for college readiness. The student-to-teacher ratio is only 18:1, giving teachers more opportunities to work closely with their students.
Outdoor recreation includes DeSoto State Park and Little River Canyon National Preserve, as well as a host of other activities available through city parks. The Fort Payne Sports Complex offers families the opportunity to participate in baseball, softball and soccer.