The state bird of Tennessee is the northern mockingbird, and the state flower is the iris. The state tree is the tulip poplar, and the state animal is the raccoon.
Grundy County, Tennessee has a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century. The county was established in 1844 and was named after Felix Grundy, a prominent American statesman and United States Attorney General. Before its formation, the area was home to various Native American tribes, including the Cherokee and Creek tribes, who utilized the fertile land for hunting and agriculture.

During the Civil War, Grundy County witnessed significant turmoil. The county was divided, with a portion supporting the Union and the other backing the Confederacy. This led to numerous skirmishes and tensions between residents. In 1863, Confederate guerrillas carried out a raid on the county seat, Altamont, resulting in the burning of several buildings. The war brought about immense economic hardship, and Grundy County suffered greatly due to its strategic location along major transportation routes.

Despite the challenges faced during the war, the post-war period saw the county's recovery and growth. Agriculture, particularly timber and coal mining, became major industries, attracting settlers from neighboring areas. The construction of the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad in the late 19th century further enhanced the county's economic development, allowing for easier transportation of goods and promoting trade.

In the 20th century, Grundy County witnessed a shift towards a more diversified economy. The establishment of hydroelectric power plants along the Collins River brought about industrialization and created job opportunities for the local population. Additionally, tourism started to grow in popularity, as the county's natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities attracted visitors from surrounding areas.

Today, Grundy County continues to embrace its natural heritage while also modernizing its economy. The county's picturesque landscapes, including parts of the Cumberland Plateau, the Savage Gulf State Natural Area, and the South Cumberland State Park, make it an attractive destination for outdoor enthusiasts. With a population that cherishes its history and natural resources, Grundy County remains a vital part of Tennessee's cultural and economic landscape.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Grundy County, Tennessee.

  • 1807 - Grundy County was officially established by the Tennessee General Assembly.
  • 1838-1839 - The Trail of Tears passes through Grundy County as part of the forced removal of Native American tribes.
  • 1850s - The establishment of coal mining operations brings economic growth to the county.
  • 1861-1865 - Grundy County residents participate in the American Civil War, with some fighting for the Confederate Army.
  • 1870 - Tracy City becomes the county seat, replacing Altamont.
  • 1902 - Grundy County experiences a devastating tornado that causes significant destruction and loss of life.
  • 1930s - The construction of several dams and reservoirs, including the Savage Gulf State Natural Area, enhances recreational opportunities in the county.
  • 1940s-1950s - Grundy County's economy shifts from mining to agriculture, with tobacco becoming a major crop.
  • 1960s - The completion of Interstate 24 brings improved transportation access to the county.
  • 2002 - Grundy County celebrates its bicentennial.