Tennessee was the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan, a notorious white supremacist organization that terrorized African Americans and other minority groups throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The group was founded in Pulaski, Tennessee, in 1865.
Hardeman County, TN has a rich history that dates back to its establishment in 1823. Named after Thomas Jones Hardeman, a congressman from West Tennessee, the county was originally occupied by Native American tribes, including the Chickasaw and Choctaw. These tribes left their mark on the region with numerous burial mounds and artifacts that can still be found today.

In the mid-19th century, Hardeman County became a hub for agriculture, particularly cotton farming. The fertile soil and ideal climate made it an ideal location for plantations, and many wealthy landowners settled in the area. Slavery played a significant role in the county's early history, with enslaved laborers working the fields and contributing to the county's economic growth.

During the American Civil War, Hardeman County witnessed various battles and skirmishes. Some residents fought for the Confederacy, while others supported the Union. The Battle of Davis Bridge, which took place in 1862, was a pivotal moment in the county's history, as Union forces successfully defended the bridge from Confederate attacks.

Following the war, Hardeman County faced the challenges of Reconstruction. The economy shifted from relying on agriculture to more diversified industries such as manufacturing and retail. The town of Bolivar, the county seat, became a center for commerce and trade, attracting businesses and residents looking to rebuild and move forward.

Today, Hardeman County retains its agricultural roots while also embracing modern industries. With its beautiful scenery, historical sites, and welcoming community, the county continues to be a place where the past meets the present, making it a unique and captivating area to explore.

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

  • 1823 - Hardeman County was established by the Tennessee General Assembly
  • 1825 - The county seat was selected and named Bolivar
  • 1830 - Population of the county was recorded at 3,911
  • 1861-1865 - Hardeman County residents served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War
  • 1882 - The Hardeman County Courthouse was built and still stands today
  • 1909 - The first automobile was brought to Bolivar
  • 1940s-1950s - The county experienced significant population growth due to World War II and the industrial boom afterwards
  • 1989 - The Hatchie River Bridge, a historic landmark, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • 1992 - The Hardeman County Historical Commission was established
  • 2007 - The West Tennessee Solar Farm, the largest solar farm in Tennessee at the time, was built in Hardeman County