Sterrett, Alabama

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Sterrett, Alabama
Census-designated place
Location of Sterrett in Shelby County, Alabama.
Location of Sterrett in Shelby County, Alabama.
Sterrett, Alabama is located in Alabama
Sterrett, Alabama
Sterrett, Alabama
Location of Sterrett in Shelby County, Alabama.
Coordinates: 33°26′55″N 86°28′48″W / 33.44861°N 86.48000°W / 33.44861; -86.48000Coordinates: 33°26′55″N 86°28′48″W / 33.44861°N 86.48000°W / 33.44861; -86.48000
Country United States
State Alabama
County Shelby
 • Total 23.57 sq mi (61.06 km2)
 • Land 22.93 sq mi (59.38 km2)
 • Water 0.65 sq mi (1.68 km2)
Elevation 518 ft (158 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,043
 • Estimate (2016)[3] N/A
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35147
Area code(s) 205
GNIS feature ID 127366[4]

Sterrett is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. Its population was 712 as of the 2010 census.[2] Sterrett was named in honor of a prominent local family, which included Alphonso A. Sterrett, who served in the Alabama Legislature.[5] At one point in its history, Sterrett was a center of pottery production in central Alabama. Also known as "Jugtown", Sterrett was once home to at least ten potters.[6] The pottery produced here was classified as being part of the East Alabama style of pottery, which used high quality clay and a two-toned glaze decoration.[7] William Hilliard Falkner purchased the Sterrett Pottery Works in 1874 and operated it until 1903. His father, Joel Falkner, was also a potter in Sterrett.[8]

Sterrett was once home to Twin Pines Conference Center, which was founded by Robert "Bob" Saunders. The Bob Saunders Family Covered Bridge is located on the property of the former conference center and is listed in the World Guide to Covered Bridges.[9]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[10]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Sterrett". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  5. ^ Foscue, Virginia (1989). Place Names in Alabama. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press. p. 132. ISBN 0-8173-0410-X. 
  6. ^ Gaffney, Dennis (2012-01-16). "Alabama Stoneware — A Jug-full of History | Follow the Stories | Antiques Roadshow". PBS. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  7. ^ American Studies: An Annotated Bibliography - Jack Salzman - Google Books. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  8. ^ Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 - Joel Campbell DuBose - Google Books. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  9. ^ "Saunders Covered Bridge". Shelby County Tourism. 2012-01-16. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.