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James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Castleberry, which bills itself as the Strawberry Capital of Alabama, is located in south-central Conecuh County in the south-central part of the state. It has a mayor-city council form of government.
The community that now encompasses Castleberry was first settled in 1817 by the Baggett family. The Castleberry family, whose name the town now bears, moved to the area in 1830. Their residence became a relay stop, known as Castleberry's, on a stagecoach route that came through town. The establishment of the stagecoach stop soon brought hotels, a blacksmith shop, and a turpentine still to the town, and the first public school opened in 1854. The name was formalized as Castleberry in the 1860s when the Mobile and Montgomery Railroad built a line through town.
Strawberries would come to be the most significant cash crop in the area in the early 1900s. In 1918, the railroad shipped 150 carloads of strawberries from Castleberry. Strawberries continue to be an important segment of the Castleberry economy, and in 1987 the governor declared it the Strawberry Capital of Alabama.
Castleberry's population according to the 2016 Census was 494. Of that number, 69.6 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 29.1 percent as African American, 1.2 percent as two or more races, and 0.2 percent as Hispanic or Latino. The town's median household income was $16,696, and the per capita income was $15,833.
According to 2016 Census estimates, the work force in Castleberry was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (30.8 percent)
· Retail trade (13.0 percent)
· Construction (9.6 percent)
· Manufacturing (9.6 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (7.5 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (5.5 percent)
· Information (5.5 percent)
· Public administration (5.5 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (5.5 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (4.1   percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (2.7 percent)
· Wholesale trade (0.7 percent)
Schools in Castleberry are part of the Conecuh County school system; the town has approximately 190 students and 15 teachers in pre-K-8 school.
County Highway 6 bisects Castleberry running east-west, and U.S. Highway 31 traverses the town north-south.
Events and Places of Interest
The Castleberry Commercial District and the Castleberry Residential District are both listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
Castleberry holds an annual Strawberry Festival on the third Saturday in April. In addition to fresh strawberries, the event has food and crafts vendors and live music.

Additional Resources

Conecuh County Heritage Book Committee. Heritage of Conecuh County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, Inc., 2002.
Published:  March 1, 2013   |   Last updated:  January 10, 2019