Headland, Alabama; a growing city located in the southwestern section of Henry County in the southeastern section of the State of Alabama! The city was named after Dr. James Joshua Head who registered his cleared area of 160 acres in Montgomery in 1865; this land became the largest and earliest settlement, known as Head's Land. The Post Office created a postmark for the town and put "Headland" for its name. The town was founded in 1871 and was incorporated in 1884.
Headland—Looking to the future, honoring the past
Since Dr. Joshua J. Head purchased the land upon which Headland sits in 1871, the area first known as “Head’s Land” has prospered. From the initial timber industry, which furnished a living for early residents, to today’s agricultural, commercial and manufacturing endeavors, Headland has been a progressive city.
The removal of local trees led to the planting of corn, cotton and finally peanuts to the area. As with many other southeast Alabama towns, the peanut brought prosperity to Headland, and laid the groundwork for an agribusiness-based economy that continues to this day. Accompanying the agriculture outlook today are numerous manufacturing, service and retail endeavors which work together to keep the economic outlook bright. It’s location near highway, rail, water and air centers serves the city well in promoting industry.
Headland was incorporated as a town in 1884 and a city in 1893. Moving into its second hundred years the city is enjoying a rebirth as a new generation of native Headland residents is joined by many residents relocating from other areas. New ideas are bringing change to Headland, and the city is opening its doors to progress.
Moving deeper into the new millennium, you are invited to become part of our growing city. Bring your ideas. Bring your creativity. Bring your optimism. And be sure that you and your families will be welcome as Headland continues to open its doors to the future.
The City of Headland has received grant funding for a major redesign of our town square area including a new modern sidewalk design, landscaping and lighting. This will benefit our citizen, merchants and visitors as come downtown to shop at one of our fine stores, eat at one of our wonderful restaurants, visit our libray or attend to government business at our city hall. Our citizens will have an even more enjoyable walk around our town square on a cool summer afternoon.
A city which will not plan for the future is, in effect, living in the past. For that reason, the City of Headland is at the present working on plans for a prosperous future.
A number of public meetings have been held to gauge the public’s support of and ideas for the project. Groups such as Renaissance Headland have been working with the city government and engineering concerns to create a design which will appeal to all city residents. A plan for the work, which is scheduled to get under early summer and hopefully be completed around Thanksgiving, is available for viewing in the lobby of the city hall.
The city recognizes many of its infrastructure features are lagging behind as the city is experiencing growth. To remedy this, Headland is seeking grant funding which will help with needed upgrading of the city’s sewage facilities from East Church Street north to the lagoon and lift station. The grant preparation is underway at this time and city officials are optimistic funding will be received.
Plans such as the aforementioned sidewalk and sewage projects are only a small part of what will soon be the city’s history. Without a plan to coordinate such projects, it will be hard to coordinate needed work and tie it all into an organized package which will benefit all the city’s population in an orderly fashion.
To ensure such order, Headland has contracted with the KPS Group of Birmingham to create a comprehensive plan for the growth of Headland. This plan will set in writing the ways and means of city operation for the next 25-plus years. Zoning ordinances, street and sewer plans, building rules… all are but a part of the comprehensive plan which will, in effect, be the framework for the future of Headland.
As Headland eyes and reveres its past, the city realizes the lessons learned as it lives in the present. But, it is also open to new ideas which will provide growth and prosperity as the future arrives.