Ardmore straddles the border between Alabama and Tennessee, largely because it grew up around a railroad line constructed by the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) Railroad through the area in 1912. The town originally was named Austin after the railroad official who chose it as a station on the L&N. The railroad later changed the name to Ardmore, after a town in Pennsylvania. Ardmore was incorporated in 1922.
According to the 2010 Census, Ardmore had a population of 1,194. Of that number, 94.3 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 1.9 percent as African American, 1.4 percent as two or more races, 1.3 percent as Hispanic, 0.9 percent as Asian, 0.8 percent as Native American, and 0.1 percent as Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander. The town's median household income, according to 2010 Census estimates, was $32,196, and the per capita income was $18,931.
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Ardmore was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (21.5 percent)
· Construction (19.4 percent)
· Manufacturing (15.8 percent)
· Retail trade (9.9 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (8.4 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (6.8 percent)
· Public administration (6.6 percent)
· Finance and insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (6.1 percent)
· Transportation, warehousing, and utilities (2.0 percent)
· Wholesale trade (2.0 percent)
· Professional, scientific, and administrative and waste management services (0.9 percent)
· Information (0.5 percent)
Ardmore is part of the Limestone County School District. The town has one elementary school and one high school that together serve approximately 1,520 students and employs approximately 85 teachers.
Ardmore is served by State Highway 251, which runs north-south through the town, and State Highway 53, which runs along the northern border of the town. Ardmore Airport serves general aviation and lies just west of the town.
Events and Places of Interest
The Alabama Welcome Center near Ardmore features a 225-foot tall Saturn 1B rocket, which had a more powerful second stage than the Saturn 1. It was the predecessor to the Saturn V rocket that was used during the Apollo program.
Each August, the town of Ardmore hosts a Crape Myrtle Festival in Ardmore City Park. The event features arts and crafts, live entertainment, and food vendors.
In April Ardmore holds an annual Renaissance Festival. Music, local food, and medieval games of skill are featured. Ardmore
also has an annual car show in the fall and a Christmas Parade.
Limestone County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Limestone County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1998.
James P. Kaetz
Published December 14, 2012
Last updated March 14, 2013