Reeltown, Alabama

Reeltown is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, United States. Its population was 766 as of the 2010 census.[3]

Reeltown, Alabama
Location of Reeltown in Tallapoosa County, Alabama.
Location of Reeltown in Tallapoosa County, Alabama.
Reeltown, Alabama is located in Alabama
Reeltown, Alabama
Reeltown, Alabama
Coordinates: 32°36′13″N 85°48′19″W / 32.60361°N 85.80528°W / 32.60361; -85.80528Coordinates: 32°36′13″N 85°48′19″W / 32.60361°N 85.80528°W / 32.60361; -85.80528
CountryUnited States
 • Total7.57 sq mi (19.62 km2)
 • Land7.55 sq mi (19.54 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
620 ft (190 m)
 • Total794
 • Density105.22/sq mi (40.62/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code334
GNIS feature ID158909[2]

The "Reel" in Reeltown is a misspelling of "Real" from the last name of settlers James Patrick and Phillip O'Real. The town was called Thaddeus from 1880 to 1902 in honor of postmaster Thaddeus P. Webster. The name changed back to Reeltown in 1902.[4]

This is also the home of Reeltown High School, notable for winning the state football championship in 1987 in the 2A division, 2001 in the 1A division, and 2009 in the 2A division. In addition, Reeltown has two notable head football coaches with over 200 career wins.

  • Duane Webster: (218-93-9)1956-1987
  • Jackie O'Neal: (241-110-0) 1988-2015


Reeltown High School also had four former students serve as Alabama FFA Association State Officers.

  • Mickey Humphries(Alabama FFA State Vice President 1963–1964)
  • Lacey Newman(Alabama FFA State Secretary 2014–2015)
  • Torran Smith(Alabama FFA State Sentinel 2016–2017)(First African American Alabama FFA Central District President 2015–2016)
  • KaShiya McKinney (Alabama FFA State Reporter 2019-2020 and 2021 Alabama National Officer Candidate)


Reeltown is also home to the Southeastern Kiwi Farming Cooperative, the only Kiwi Farm in the state of Alabama.[7]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  2. ^ "Reeltown". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  4. ^ Foscue, Virginia O. (1989). Place Names in Alabama. ISBN 9780817304102. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Reeltown High School. Alabama High School Football Historical Society
  6. ^ "Home".
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  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.