Northport: Rich in History and Tradition
Northport is a city in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, approximately 60 miles southwest of Birmingham. Located on the Black Warrior River across from downtown Tuscaloosa, Northport is currently the 21st largest city in Alabama. The city is home to the Kentuck Arts and Craft Center, which serves as headquarters for the annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts. Each October, artists gather in Kentuck Park to showcase their work in front of visitors. The festival celebrates folk and contemporary art as well as traditional crafts. Potters, quilters, and basketmakers offer educational craft demonstrations throughout the weekend. Another attraction is the Shirley-Christian Home, which was built in the 1840s by James Shirley, an early Tuscaloosa County builder. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home features a unique cultural charm that visitors can enjoy. For outdoor enthusiasts, Lake Lurleen State Park is located approximately fifteen minutes from downtown Northport. Encompassing 1,600 acres, it is a scenic state park located on a beautiful 250 acre lake. Park amenities include a fully equipped campground, nature center, play and picnic areas, swimming beach, fishing piers, rental canoes, and paddle boats.