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James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Gordonville is located in Alabama's Black Belt region in western Lowndes County in the south-central part of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
The town of Gordonville is spelled in varying sources as Gordonville and Gordonsville. The name listed by the U.S. Census, however, is Gordonville. The town is named after the Gordon brothers. Three of the five brothers—Samuel, Francis, and David—were awarded land for their services in the Creek War of 1813-14. The brothers settled there in the late 1820s and early 1830s and helped develop the community with homes and churches. The town incorporated in January 1990 and remains primarily a rural town dependent upon the surrounding farms for its livelihood and existence.
Gordonville's population according to the 2010 Census was 326. Of that number, 94.8 percent of respondents identified themselves as African American and 5.2 percent as white. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $13,828, and the per capita income was $12,947.
The workforce in present-day Gordonville is divided among the following occupational categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (47.2 percent)
· Construction (26.4 percent)
· Wholesale trade (9.7 percent)
· Public administration (6.9 percent)
· Manufacturing (5.6 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (4.2   percent)
Students in Gordonville attend Lowndes County schools; no public schools are located within the town limits.
County Highway 17/12 runs through town going east-west, but exits town going southeast. Beechwood Airport is located about a mile south of town.
Events and Places of Interest
The Crosby Water System (ca. 1955) is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Additional Resources

Lowndes County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Lowndes County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2005.
Published:  August 22, 2016   |   Last updated:  August 22, 2016