Gainesville is a town in Sumter County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 220. Confederate Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest surrendered near Gainesville on May 9, 1865.
Gainesville is located at(32.817317, -88.158026).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), all of it land.
Gainesville has many historic sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with many that predate the American Civil War. The historic districts include the Gainesville Historic District and Main–Yankee Street Historic District. Individual structures include Aduston Hall, the Coffin Shop, Colgin Hill, Gibbs House, Col. Green G. Mobley House, the Park and Bandstand, and Laura Watson House.