Thorsby is a town with a rich, historical past and a promising future. The town was established in 1895 and incorporated in 1901 by Scandinavian immigrants who had originally settled in the North but came south seeking a mild climate and fertile soil for growing fruits and vegetables. One of the town founders was Mr. Theodore T. Thorson, for whom the town was eventually named (the suffix "by" meaning "town" in Swedish). There was also a possible family connection with Torsby, Sweden which may have also contributed something to the name. The town grew quickly, with two hotels, a sawmill and lumber company, and two wineries being built within the first few years. The fertile soil produced grapes in large numbers, along with other fruits such as strawberries and the peaches for which Chilton County is famous.
Today, many of the descendants of those original Scandinavian settlers still call Thorsby home. While agriculture still plays a vital role in the town's economy, the town of Thorsby is also home to businesses, manufacturers, and industry. There are restaurants, shops, and many small businesses. Thorsby has a well-maintained and heavily used city park and several athletic facilities. Thorsby is centrally located between the downtown areas of Birmingham and Montgomery, with either destination being approximately 45 miles from the center of town. This location makes Thorsby a prime candidate for new residential, commercial and industrial development. Each Autumn, the town of Thorsby celebrates its heritage with the Annual Swedish Fest that includes an arts and crafts fair, a pageant, music, a fun run, car and motorcycle shows and plenty of food. Whether you are seeking a location for a new business or industrial project, a home or property away from the hustle and bustle of the city, or simply a convenient stopover during a long drive, we encourage you to consider Thorsby. You'll be glad you did..