DescriptionBecause of its strategic location on the Chattahoochee River at the Alabama state line, West Point was considered the key to the granary of the Tennessee Army during the Civil War. Word of Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender was slow to reach the town, and the last battle east of the Mississippi River, the Battle of Fort Tyler, was fought a week after the war's official end.
Recovery after the war was ensured with the construction of two textile mills that eventually expanded into what is now WestPoint Home Inc., one of the world's largest textile manufacturing companies.
North of West Point is West Point Lake, a 25,900-acre man-made site offering a variety of recreational pursuits. A visitor center, 4 miles north off US 29, contains dioramas, photographs and a video presentation describing the history of the region before, during and after construction of the dam that created the lake.
Visitor InfoGreater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce 2102 S. Broad Ave. LANETT, AL 36863. Phone:(334)642-1411