The City of Northport is located in west Alabama on the Black Warrior River, approximately 60 miles southwest of Birmingham. Northport’s 19,610 inhabitants (2000) represent 12% of Tuscaloosa County’s 164,875 population.
Northport is home to the Kentuck Arts and Craft Center which is located in a two story masonry building at 503 Main Avenue. This building was built in 1920 for a mercantile business. This center, which is headquarters for the annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts, also serves as studios for seven artists and employs six people.
Located at 512 Main Avenue is the Shirley-Christian Home, which was built in the 1840’s by James Shirley, an early Tuscaloosa County builder who in the 1850’s erected the first brick commercial buildings in Northport. The house was the home of one of Northport’s earliest families - the Christians. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the federal raised cottage is made of handmade brick.
Finally, with an average temperature of 63.4 degrees why not visit Lake Lurleen State Park which is located approximately 15 minutes from downtown Northport. This park, which was named after the late Governor Lurleen Burns Wallace, is a scenic state park located on a 250 acre lake. The entire park, located just off U.S. Highway 82 on Tuscaloosa County Road 49, encompasses over 1,600 acres. Park amenities include a fully equipped campground, camp store, nature center, play and picnic areas, pavilions, swimming beach, bath house, bait and tackle shop, fishing piers, rental canoes and paddle boats. It is a family fun park ideal for spending the day or overnight camping. Lake Lurleen is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.