Elmore County was established on February 15, 1866, from portions of Autauga, Coosa, Tallapoosa, and Montgomery counties. The county has a total area of 657 square miles of which 618 square miles is land and 39 square miles is water. The county was named for John Archer Elmore who was a military officer and politician. The area around Wetumpka was the heart of the Upper Creek lands, whose largest towns were located on the banks of the Coosa and at its confluence with the Tallapoosa River, at Wetumpka and Talisi (now Tallassee), respectively.
On Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 the Elmore County Historical Society will celebrate their 50th Anniversary at Lanark Nature Center in Millbrook, Alabama. In 1970, the Alabama Historical Commission, in an effort to encourage smaller communities throughout the state to collect, records, and preserve their local histories, instituted statewide organizational meetings of interested citizens. Speakers will include local historians Fred Randall Hughey and Debra Hughey, society members, and others. Tickets are $10 per person and includes lunch. Please RSVP by May , 2021. Tickets may be purchased at paypal.me/ElmoreHistorical, by check to ECHS, P.O. Box 211, Wetumpka, AL 36092, or paid in person at the Elmore County Museum.