Waverly in 2012
Location in Alabama
|• Total||2.74 sq mi (7.10 km2)|
|• Land||2.72 sq mi (7.05 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)|
|Elevation||761 ft (232 m)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0153904|
Waverly has an operating post office, and three churches are located in the town.
Waverly was settled in the 1830s as "Pea Ridge" but saw little growth until the 1870s. In 1871, the Central of Georgia railroad was extended from Opelika to Dadeville. As planned, the railroad was to take a route roughly one mile (1.6 km) north of the town. However, topographical problems forced the railroad engineer to "waver" the route to the south, passing through Pea Ridge. The townspeople, appreciative of this "waver" which gave their community a rail connection, renamed the town "Waverly". However, some say the town was named for the Waverley Novels of Sir Walter Scott.
Annual Town Bar-B-Q
Beginning October 1990, and the 2nd Saturday of each October since the Town of Waverly hosts the Annual Waverly BBQ. Both Pork and Chicken BBQ, home made cakes and other sweets, cols, ice tea and lemonade are served. Town Members all pitch in cooking, preparing the food,'stirring' the stew pot (a local tradition), and smoking the BBQ with Hickory wood from the Friday night prior to the 'BBQ Day' at around 5:00pm, and continue this tradition until all the BBQ & stew is sold. Food is served to all attendees from 10:00am until 3:00pm on the chosen Saturday. The event hosts singers, dancers, artists, Arts & Crafts, petting zoo's, and other such events. This Town get together serves as one of the Waverly's largest fundraising events.
The Waverly (Old 280) Boogie
In 2000, the State of Alabama rerouted U.S. Highway 280 south of the town of Waverly instead of routing it through town. Widening the highway through the center of Waverly would have destroyed the town. Ultimately, the road was re-routed to the south, and the first Old 280 Boogie was held in April 2001 to celebrate the preservation of Waverly.
To celebrate saving the town, residents in 2001 decided to hold an annual "Waverly Boogie" (or "Old 280 Boogie"), a multi-cultural festival typically held on the third Saturday in April to exhibit a wide variety of musicians and visual artists. The event is held in the neighborhood's open-air amphitheater at the design and silkscreen print shop Standard Deluxe Inc.
- The 2012 Waverly Boogie featured sets from Centro-Matic, Hurray for the Riff Raff and The Pine Hill Haints among others
- The 2013 Waverly Boogie was held on April 20, 2013, and featured headliner Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires among others.
- The 2014 event was held on April 19, 2014, and featured Junior Brown, Lydia Loveless, The Pine Hill Haints, Rayland Baxter, Have Gun, Will Travel and Shivering Timbers; a Fall Boogie is scheduled for September 13
Additionally, in 2014, Standard Deluxe hosted its first annual Heart of Waverly Bluegrass Festival. Performers included Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Packway Handle Band, Dread Clampitt, Dead Winter Carpenters, Dooley’s Blue Revue and Blackbird Pickers.
Waverly is in the southwest corner of Chambers County at 32°44'8.369" North, 85°34'27.736" West (32.735658, −85.574371). The town limit extends south into Lee County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.1 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2), or 0.68%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 184 people, 76 households and 50 families living in the town. The population density was 67.3 people per square mile (26.0/km2). There were 87 housing units at an average density of 31.8 per square mile (12.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 80.98% White and 19.02% Black or African American.
There were 76 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and older, there were 95.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $32,917, and the median income for a family was $38,750. Males had a median income of $26,625 while it was $16,071 for females. The per-capita income for the town was $18,406. About 3.7% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those younger than 18 or 65 or older.
Works or publications
- Nunn, Alexander (Ed.) (1983). Lee County and Her Forebears. Opelika, Al: Herff Jones. LCCCN 83-081693
Waverly Post Office (ZIP code: 36879)
One of the uninhabited railroad houses that line the WPA Highway
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