About Centre

Centre, Ala., is the home of beautiful Weiss Lake, 33,000 acres of blue water know as "The Crappie Capitol Of The World," located in Cherokee County, in the very center of the county. Settled in early 1840's, Centre became the county seat in 1844 with the U.S. Postal Service insisting on the use of the word "Center" as the mailing address. Concerned citizens of the county continued to spell "Centre" and petitioned the Post Office Department to formally adopt that spelling honoring, as tradition says, the family from England who originally settled Centre. John Jonathan Pratt, who invented what is believed to be the first typewriter, resided in Centre until the eruption of the Civil War preventing financing for his machine known as the pterotype. He moved to England where he secured the patent. Pratt died in 1905 and is buried at Pratt Cemetery in Centre. Also located in Centre is the grave of Chief Pathkiller, last local Chief of the Cherokee Indians. He is buried in the Garrett Cemetery on the bank of the Coosa River.

Nearby attractions:

Weiss Lake, "The Crappie Capital of the World" Weiss Lake is a 30,200 acre impoundment of the Coosa, Chattooga, and Little Rivers offering 447 miles of shoreline with shallow flats, underwater dropoffs, deep channels and large coves. There are four free public access areas and 37 privately run marinas. Lake conditions
Little River Canyon National Preserve This natural wonder varies from one-half mile to a mile and a half wide. One of the most extensive canyon systems of the Cumberland Plateau section of the Appalachian Mountains division. Little River flows for almost its entire length down the middle of Lookout Mountain and is among the cleanest and wildest waterways in the South. Web site
Cherokee Rock Village This 200+ acre park contains boulders as large as 200 ft. tall and dating back 300 million years to the Pennsylvanian Period of Geologic time. It offers breath taking views of Weiss Lake and distant cities. Cherokee Rock Village is a popular destination for rock climbers from around the nation. Click here for map.
Cherokee County Historical Museum Cherokee County history and heritage is depicted in displays of old local newspapers, shotguns, wagons, Indian artifacts, doll collections, celebrity memorabilia, housewares, telephones, photographs and railroad artifacts. The museum is next to the courthouse in downtown Centre. Web site

Former Mayors:

Mayor Tony Wilkie

Charles P. Ward, JR Jun 1, 1937 - Sept 28, 1948 Dr. W.A. Powell Sept 28, 1948 - Oct 5, 1964 Glen Williamson Oct 5, 1964 - Nov 4, 1971 Lillian White Nov 9, 1971 - Oct 6, 1980 Ed Yarbrough Oct 6, 1980 - Sept 18, 1987 Jeff A. Johnson Nov 10, 1987 - Oct 4, 1992 Paul W. Maddox Oct 5, 1992 - Oct 6, 1996 Phil Powell Oct 6, 1996 - Nov 3, 2008 Tony Wilkie Nov 3, 2008 - Present