The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, was originally built as a church in 1892. It later became one of the most famous music venues in the world and is often referred to as the "Mother Church of Country Music."
Hardin County, Tennessee, located in the southwestern part of the state, has a rich and diverse history. The area was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations. European exploration and settlement began in the late 18th century, with the establishment of the first permanent white settlement in the area around 1817.

During the early 19th century, Hardin County saw increased migration and settlement by European Americans. The county was officially established in 1819 and named after Joseph Hardin, a Revolutionary War veteran. Its location along the Tennessee River and proximity to the Mississippi River made it a significant transportation hub, leading to the development of trade, commerce, and agriculture.

A pivotal event in the county's history took place during the Civil War. Hardin County was heavily contested between Union and Confederate forces, as it straddled the Tennessee River. The Battle of Shiloh, fought in April 1862, was one of the bloodiest battles of the war and had a significant impact on the county. Following the war, the region faced numerous challenges, including rebuilding and recovering from the destruction.

In the 20th century, Hardin County developed into a popular tourist destination due to its natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities. The creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the construction of the Pickwick Landing Dam in the 1930s further boosted the local economy and provided a reliable source of electricity. Today, Hardin County continues to thrive, attracting visitors with its scenic landscapes, historical sites, and vibrant community.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Hardin County, Tennessee.

  • 1819 - Hardin County was established and named after Joseph Hardin, a Revolutionary War soldier
  • 1827 - Savannah was established as the county seat
  • 1862 - Battle of Shiloh took place on April 6-7 during the Civil War
  • 1864 - Savannah was occupied by Union forces during the Civil War
  • 1904 - Savannah was incorporated as a town
  • 1915 - Pickwick Landing Dam on the Tennessee River was completed, bringing economic development to the area
  • 1933 - Pickwick Landing State Park was established, becoming a popular recreational destination
  • 1950s - The construction of Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) dams in the county led to the creation of Pickwick Lake and increased tourism
  • 1974 - Hardin County was designated a Certified Retirement Community by the State of Tennessee
  • 1984 - The Buford Pusser Home and Museum opened in Adamsville, honoring the former sheriff and local legend
  • 2008 - The Tennessee River Museum opened in Savannah, showcasing the history and importance of the river in the area