The first white settlers began to move to the Pisgah area after Indian Removal in 1836, mainly during the 1840s-1850s. The first church, which also doubled as a school, was built in 1869. The first post office was established in 1878, and the area was named after Mt. Pisgah, which in the Bible is the peak from which God shows Moses the Promised Land that he will never be allowed to reach. The Pisgah School District was established in 1900, and Pisgah High School was accredited in 1925.
The Pisgah community relied mainly on farming for its economic survival throughout its history. The town was incorporated in either 1946 or 1947. In 1961, Andover Togs of New York located a factory near Pisgah; the facility closed in 1996. In 1967, the town completed a new municipal building and a new post office, and a new Masonic Hall was also built.
Pisgah's population according to the 2010 Census was 722. Of that number, 96.4 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 1.7 percent as two or more races, 1.5 percent as Native American, 0.4 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 0.3 percent as Asian, and 0.1 percent as African American,. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $35,972, and the per capita income was $17,536.
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Pisgah was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (27.5 percent)
· Manufacturing (14.8 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (12.7 percent)
· Retail trade (10.0 percent)
· Construction (7.3 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (6.9 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (6.0 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (4.5 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (3.3 percent)
· Public administration (3.0 percent)
· Information (2.1 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (0.9 percent)
· Wholesale trade (0.9 percent)
Schools in Pisgah are part of the Jackson County school system; the town has approximately 911 students and 52 teachers in one elementary school and one high school.
County Road 58 bisects Pisgah, entering the town from the south and exiting to the east. County Roads 60, 61, and 88 all run east from town, and County Road 83 runs south from town before curving north.
Events and Places of Interest
The town maintains baseball and softball fields, and a pavilion that can be rented for special occasions.
Formed by three creeks and dropping more than 1,000 feet from the top of Sand Mountain, Pisgah Gorge is a popular tourist destination with its scenic waterfalls. It is located just southwest of the town.
Jackson County Heritage Book Committee. Heritage of Jackson County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, Inc., 1998.
Kennamer, John Robert. History of Jackson County, Alabama. Scottsboro, Ala.: Jackson County Historical Association, 1993.
James P. Kaetz
Published April 2, 2013
Last updated April 2, 2013