Butler County was founded in 1819 and was named for Capt. William Butler, a soldier of the Creek War of 1813-14.
Greenville was founded in 1821 and incorporated in 1871. Immigrants named it Greenville due to the forests of oak trees that reminded them of their former home in Greenville, S.C.
Three Native American nations (Choctaw, Creek and Muscogee) are known to have lived in the area. The flags of Spain, England, France, the independent state of Alabama, the Confederate States of America, and the United States have all flown over the territory that is now Butler County.
To learn more about the history of Butler County visit The Butler County Historical and Genealogical Society, located in the Greenville Public Library. The society holds quarterly meetings on the last Sunday of January, April, July and October. These meetings are from 2:00 p.m until 4:00 p.m and are open to the public. Membership is $15 per family and includes a quarterly newsletter. The society is operated by volunteers. For more information call (334) 383-9564 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.