Welcome Gilbertown, Alabama

Local events include the Choctaw County Heritage Festival, which takes place in late spring and usually occurs between May 30 and June 3. Gilbertown is the site of the first producing oil well in Alabama First Permitted Oil Well in Alabama

The first permit to drill an oil well in Alabama, the A. R. Jackson Well No. 1, was granted to the Hunt Oil Company on January 2, 1944, near Gilbertown. Drilling started January 10, 1944 and struck in chalk of the Selma Group approximately one month later at 2,580 feet.

Local businesses:

The Choctaw Sun-Advocate Newspaper

Water Valley Lodge

The Olive Garden - Florist


Southern Choctaw Elementary School Jacqui James, principal 251-843-2461

Southern Choctaw High School Dr. Leo Leddon, Principal 251-843-5645

Ballet & Theatre Arts School - Fredrick C Kimbrough (251) 843-5138

Alabama Southern Community College - Gilbertown Branch


Gilbertown City Hall (251) 843-2766

Mayor - Bobby Graham

Town clerk - Alice