Welcome to Thorsby

Thorsby Gateway Sign

Thorsby is a town with a rich, historical past and a promising future. The town was established in 1895 and incorporated in 1901 by Scandinavian immigrants who had originally settled in the North but came south seeking a mild climate and fertile soil for growing fruits and vegetables. One of the town founders was Mr. Theodore T. Thorson, for whom the town was eventually named (the suffix "by" meaning "town" in Swedish). There was also a possible family connection with Torsby, Sweden which may have also contributed something to the name. The town grew quickly, with two hotels, a sawmill and lumber company, and two wineries being built within the first few years. The fertile soil produced grapes in large numbers, along with other fruits such as strawberries and the peaches for which Chilton County is famous.

Today, many of the descendants of those original Scandinavian settlers still call Thorsby home. While agriculture still plays a vital role in the town's economy, the town of Thorsby is also home to businesses, manufacturers, and industry. There are restaurants, shops, and many small businesses. Thorsby has a well-maintained and heavily used city park and several athletic facilities. Thorsby is centrally located between the downtown areas of Birmingham and Montgomery, with either destination being approximately 45 miles from the center of town. This location makes Thorsby a prime candidate for new residential, commercial and industrial development. Each Autumn, the town of Thorsby celebrates its heritage with the Annual Swedish Fest that includes an arts and crafts fair, a pageant, music, a fun run, car and motorcycle shows and plenty of food. Whether you are seeking a location for a new business or industrial project, a home or property away from the hustle and bustle of the city, or simply a convenient stopover during a long drive, we encourage you to consider Thorsby. You'll be glad you did..

Fireworks Show Monday Night September 1, 2014

Fireworks Show Monday Night September 1, 2014

The Thorsby 2014 Fourth of July Fireworks show has been rescheduled for Labor Day which is Monday September 1, 2014. It was previously canceled due to rain and severe lightning. The show will began after nightfall Monday evening.

Movie's in the Park

Movie's in the Park

SUMMER 2014...The Thorsby "Movies in the Park" series will begin May 23, 2014. Click this link for a full listing of the family friendly round of movies playing Friday night's this summer in Richard Wood Park. Series and event presented by the Thorsby Fire Department.

Street clock memorializing late mayor Hilyer installed

Street clock memorializing late mayor Hilyer installed

A memorial street clock in honor of former Thorsby mayor Dearl Hilyer was installed Friday. Hilyer, a town icon, passed away in October 2012, days into his second term as mayor. The clock erected in his memory stands next to another town icon: Helen Jenkins Chapel. ------ [click heading for full story]

Sign-up for the Yellow Dot Program !!!

Sign-up for the Yellow Dot Program !!!

Please consider stopping by the Thorsby Town Hall and signing up for the Yellow Dot Program.

  • What is the Yellow Dot Program???

Chilton County became the 52nd county in Alabama to implement the “Yellow Dot” program on Thursday.Police chiefs from Thorsby, Maplesville, Jemison and Clanton along with the Chilton County Department of Human Resources (DHR) held the first sign-up event for the program at Jemison Municipal Complex.

Helen Jenkins Chapel Memorial Bricks For Sale

Helen Jenkins Chapel Memorial Bricks For Sale

If you would like to acknowledge someone who may have fond memories of Thorsby, you can purchase an inscribed memorial brick to be placed in their honor at the Helen Jenkins Chapel courtyard garden. Bricks may be purchased at the Thorsby Town Hall, or for those not able to visit town hall, you may contact Julie Adams at 205 646-3575 ext.#1 or by email to: townofthorsby@centurytel.net . The bricks are $50.00 each and there is space for three lines of text per brick - 13 characters per line. All profits are used for the maintenance and improvement of Helen Jenkins Chapel.

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