Explore Shelby County

Discover all about Shelby County, Alabama

You’ll find this interesting! The county got its name from Isaac Shelby, who was a true hero in the Revolutionary War’s King’s Mountain Battle. Quite an impressive title! But that’s not all. Shelby was actually the very first governor of Kentucky. He even turned down a second term as governor just so he could fight in the Indian wars.

Early History of Shelby County

When it comes to the county’s first courthouse, it was quite a rustic affair. Made entirely of logs, it was situated in Shelbyville, Alabama. Although Shelbyville is no longer around, people believe it was actually located within the modern-day city of Pelham. In 1820, Shelbyville was chosen as the county seat, and a gentleman named Thomas Amis Rogers, who happened to be Alabama’s first Secretary of State, built the county’s first courthouse.

As of 2010, the population of Shelby County reached 195,085 residents.  The 2010 census reaffirmed that Shelby County maintained its position as the fastest-growing county in the state of Alabama throughout the previous decade in terms of percentage growth. Remarkably, Shelby County has held this distinction as Alabama’s fastest-growing county in every decade since 1970. The county’s consistent growth over the years is a testament to its ongoing appeal and desirability as a place to live and thrive.

Explore the Arts in Shelby County

There is a rich history of art in Shelby County with murals, outdoor art, galleries, classes and more.

Outdoor Art
Indoor Art
Art Classes


Immerse yourself into history with museums and collections found only in Shelby County.

Shelby Iron Works Museum and Park – Shelby
Shelby County Museum and Archives - Columbiana
Karl Harrison George Washington Museum - Columbiana


Going on a hunt for a hidden gem or something you never even knew you needed is such a thrill. We have antique shops rich with history and fabulous flipper finds.

Main Street Alabama

Shelby County is proud to have three designated towns apart of Main Street Alabama. The charm of these communities is next to none with quaint shops, art, history, and murals.

Columbiana Main Street
Calera Main Street
Montevallo Main Street

Local shopping

Find one of a kind shops scattered throughout Shelby County, tucked away in some of the most charming towns. Unique gifts, home decor, clothing and more paired with the southern charm of locally owned and operated shops.

Helena Old Town
The Rooted Branch, Wilsonville
Mt Laurel

Shop ’til you drop!

From locally owned shops in smaller communities to big box retail to meet your everyday needs, Shelby County, Alabama has what you want!

Alabaster Promenade
Shops at River Ridge
The Village at Lee Branch

Guides / Itineraries

Solo Adventure
Solo Adventure
Explore the great outdoors, all alone!
Tasty spots for relaxing picnic.
Mid-Week Traveler
Mid-Week Traveler
Here for work? Explore our area.
Family Fun
Family Fun
Fun for everyone in the family.
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Upcoming Events
in Shelby County

From local community events to regional sporting events, and concert headliners, Discover Shelby is the go to place for the very best events near you.