Built over 180 years ago, the Old State Bank in Decatur stands today as a reminder of Decatur’s rich history. Completed in 1833, the building originally housed the Tennessee Valley branch of the Bank of the State of Alabama. After the failure of the state bank, it saw many varied uses and even survived the destruction of Decatur during the Civil War. Throughout an often turbulent history, the Old Bank has stood sentinel over the growing city of Decatur and today it is preserved as a building filled with both historical and architectural significance.
With guidance from the City of Decatur, the Old State Bank Board of Directors, and the Parks and Recreation Department, the Old State Bank offers various programs and services for people interested in local history. Guided tours, guest lecture programs, classes, and special events are all provided at the site. Old State Bank staff members are also available to speak with local civic and school groups and welcome your requests for assistance.
As one of the most photographed places in Decatur, the Old State Bank is a perfect backdrop for capturing memories. There is no charge for taking photographs either outside of the building.
- 9:30 a.m.
- 10:00 a.m.
- 10:30 a.m.
- 11:00 a.m.
- 11:30 a.m.
Additional hours are available by request in advance.
Tour groups are encouraged to make advance reservations for their visit to the building by calling 256-341-4818.