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Nectar

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Nectar is located in west-central Blount County in the north-central part of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
History
Nectar Covered Bridge
The area now incorporating the town of Nectar was a settlement that had existed before Alabama became a state in 1819. During the Creek War of 1813-14, Andrew Jackson and his troops reportedly camped in the vicinity. This area was originally known as Tidmore for Henry Tidmore, the first postmaster in the area in 1902. It is unknown when or why the town's name was changed to Nectar. The first school was built in 1890. Into the twentieth century, the area's economy revolved around agricultural production. Nectar has been known more recently for the covered bridges in the area, one of which was built in 1909 and the other in the early 1930s. Nectar was incorporated in 1979.
Demographics
According to 2016 Census estimates, Nectar recorded a population of 333. Of that number, 99.4 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 1.5 percent as Hispanic, and 0.6 percent as Native American. The town's median household income was $43,125, and the per capita income was $20,515.
Employment
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Nectar was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Retail trade (21.3 percent)
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (18.4 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (11.0 percent)
  • Construction (9.6 percent)
  • Manufacturing (8.1 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (7.4 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (6.6 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (4.4 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (3.7 percent)
  • Public administration (3.7 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (3.7 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (2.2 percent)
Education
Students in Nectar attend Blount County schools; no public schools are located within the town limits.
Transportation
State Highway 160 bisects Nectar running northeast-southwest. County Highways 11 and 37 both dead-end into 160, 11 from the northwest, and 37 from the northeast.
Events and Places of Interest
Nectar is located just northwest of the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River, which offers water sports such as swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, and rafting. The Nectar Covered Bridge (ca. 1934), which burned in 1993, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Additional Resources

Blount County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Blount County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1999.
Published:  June 23, 2017   |   Last updated:  October 1, 2020