Thorsby in Chilton County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Thorsby: A Scandinavian Colony in the South
Founded in 1895, the Town of Thorsby was the first planned community in Chilton County. The original settlers were people of Scandinavian origin seeking a favorable climate to locate for farming, fruit growing and better health. The original founders of Thorsby were three Swedes, Theodore T. Thorson, John F. Peterson, John E. Hedberg, and a Norwegian, K. G. Faegre. Advertisements were placed in northern newspapers declaring the discovery of a southern utopia, one that promised good soil, plenty of fresh water, nice warm temperatures and long growing seasons for crops. Soon excursion trains brought new residents to town, most of them Swedes, Norwegians, Finns and Danes.
The name Thorsby may have been derived from a town named “Torsby” in Sweden, but more likely it originated from the combination of the name “Thorson” and the suffix “by” –which means town in Swedish. The founders formed the Concordia Land and Improvement Association and began mapping out the new community. Parks were included in the plan and residential plots were sold mostly in ten-acre tracts which included a small vineyard. The town formally incorporated
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Thorsby.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1895.
Location. 32° 55.031′ N, 86° 42.996′ W. Marker is in Thorsby, Alabama, in Chilton County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 31, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 31. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12 Minnesota Avenue, Thorsby AL 35171, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thorsby Remembers Our Veterans (approx. ¼ mile away); Scandinavian Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Central Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.3 miles away); Chilton County History (approx. 7.3 miles away); Chilton County Police Memorial (approx. 7.4 miles away); USS Chilton (approx. 7.4 miles away); Chilton County Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.4 miles away); City of Clanton (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thorsby.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,174 times since then and 275 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 25, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.