Sawyerville, Alabama

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Sawyerville, Alabama
Unincorporated community
Sawyerville is located in Alabama
Sawyerville is located in the US
Coordinates: 32°45′06″N 87°43′46″W / 32.75167°N 87.72944°W / 32.75167; -87.72944Coordinates: 32°45′06″N 87°43′46″W / 32.75167°N 87.72944°W / 32.75167; -87.72944[1]
Country United States
State Alabama
County Hale
Elevation 226 ft (69 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,795
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code 36776
Area code(s) 334, 205

Sawyerville, previously known as Sawyers Depot, is an unincorporated community in west-central Hale County, Alabama and is a part of the Tuscaloosa metropolitan area.[2] It derives its name from the town’s first post master. The community is rural and came to flourish due to its proximity to the railroad that once traveled through it. The community covers the historic area of the county once called Hollow Square and includes the abandoned town site of Erie, the former county seat of Greene County. It also includes the communities of Wedgeworth, Melton, Warrior Dam, and Mason Bend.[3][4] The area was the site of several Pickens family plantations, most notably those of early Alabama governor, Israel Pickens, and his younger brother, Samuel Pickens. The Samuel Pickens homestead, Umbria Plantation, was destroyed by fire in 1971.[5]


Based upon the census result of the year 2000 Sawyerville had a population of 795 residents with a population decrease to an estimated 500 by the year 2017. The area is composed of 88.5% African American, 11.1 Caucasian, 1.0 Hispanic, 0.4 mixed race and 0.1 other.[4][6]

Notable residents[edit]

Charles McGruder, slave [7]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System
  2. ^ "Sawyerville, Alabama AL Community Profile / Hale County, AL Data". AL HomeTownLocator. Retrieved June 18, 2011.
  3. ^ "Greene County Genelogy – Hollow Square".
  4. ^ a b "Sawyerville-Alabama".
  5. ^ Matrana, Marc R. (2009). Lost Plantations of the South. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi. pp. 120–126. ISBN 978-1-57806-942-2.
  6. ^ "36776 - Fact Sheet - American FactFinder". American FactFinder. Retrieved June 18, 2011.
  7. ^ / "The Alabama Black McGruders" Check |url= value (help).