Waverly in 2012
Location of Waverly in Chambers County and Lee County, 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)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||54.33/sq mi (20.98/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0153904|
Waverly has an operating post office, and four churches are located in the town.
Waverly was settled in the 1830s, but saw little growth until the 1870s. The name of Waverly, Alabama first appeared on Alabama maps in 1853 (see reference below). It was given the nickname, Pea Ridge, but this was never its official name.
Annual Town Bar-B-Q
Beginning October 1990, and the second 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 approximately 5:00pm, and continue this tradition until all the BBQ and stew is sold. Food is served to all attendees from 10:00am until 3:00pm. The event hosts singers, dancers, artists, arts and crafts, petting zoos, and other such events. This town get together serves as one of Waverly's largest fundraising events.
The 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. This decision meant the town was saved from destruction. To celebrate, 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. The event, featuring a wide variety of musicians and visual artists, is held in an open-air amphitheater.
- 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.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
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
- "2018 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 4, 2019.
- Merrill, Thomas Paul (March 2007). A Tapestry for Elizabeth: The Story of the Ancestors of Mary Elizabeth Hoffman. ISBN 9781598728248.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Waverly town, Alabama". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
- 1853 Waverly is already on the map http://cartweb.geography.ua.edu/lizardtech/iserv/calcrgn?cat=North%20America%20and%20United%20States&item=States/Alabama/alabama1853a.sid&wid=1000&hei=900&props=item(Name,Description),cat(Name,Description)&style=simple/view-dhtml.xsl
- Reece, Chuck (August 2014). "Rednecks, Hippies & Graphic Design: The Unlikely Cool of Waverly, Alabama". The Bitter Southerner. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
- Landers, Emily (April 16, 2014). "Waverly hosts 280 Boogie this weekend". The Corner News. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
- Landers, Emily (March 26, 2014). "Standard Deluxe to host first Heart of Waverly Bluegrass Festival". The Corner News. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
- "Standard Deluxe to host first Heart of Waverly Bluegrass Festival". The Corner News. February 26, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 3, 2014.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.