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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
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
Nectar's population according to the 2010 Census was 345. Of that number, 95.7 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 4.6 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 2.0 percent as African American, 1.2 percent as two or more races, 0.6 percent as Native American, and 0.6 percent as Asian. The town's median household income, according to 2015 estimates, was $35,313, and the per capita income was $22,287.
Employment
According to the 2015 Census, the workforce in Nectar was divided among the following occupational categories:
· Retail trade (20.8 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (15.8 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (14.2 percent)
· Construction (11.7 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (9.2 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (7.5 percent)
· Manufacturing (5.8 percent)
· Public administration (4.2 percent)
· Wholesale trade (4.2 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (3.3 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (1.7   percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (1.7 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:  June 23, 2017