Old Cloverdale lies in zip code 36106. The boundaries of the neighborhood are Norman Bridge Road to the west, East Fairview Avenue to the south, Cloverdale Road, Felder Avenue, and Carter Hill Road to the north, and Narrow Lane Road to the east. It is located just south of Alabama State University and Huntingdon College sits at the southern border of the community although part of the campus is actually inside the neighborhood.
The F. Scott and Zelda Fitgerald Museum sits just outside the northern boundary of this area. The museum celebrates the life and works of both F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and it is located in the house that the Fitzgeralds lived in with their daughter Scottie between 1931 and 1932.
Old Cloverdale is situated in an area that was originally covered with virgin pines, so it was sometimes referred to as “The Pines.” Since there were also areas where lots of clover grew, it seems possible that this may be the source from which the name Cloverdale was adopted in 1892.
This spectacular neighborhood is made up of winding streets with lush mature trees that provide an elegant canopy for the streets and properties. Large, but elegant homes sit on irregularly shaped lots, and they are set back quite a distance from the street. Yards are meticulously kept and nicely landscaped, and it is an area that residents would enjoy walking through.
The design of the neighborhood is beautiful. The campus of Huntingdon College was designed in 1908 by Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr., the son of the man who designed New York’s Central Park. It is said to be one of the country’s most beautiful college campuses.
There are three parks within the neighborhood. Both Cloverdale Road Park and Cloverdale Park have picnic tables and playgrounds. College Street Park has ball fields.