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The first known protest against British taxation in America occurred in Tennessee in 1768, more than a decade before the famous Boston Tea Party. A group of settlers in the Watauga Association signed a petition protesting the British government's attempt to impose taxes on them without their consent.
Robertson County, located in Middle Tennessee, has a rich history dating back to the early 18th century. It was initially populated by Native American tribes such as the Cherokee and Shawnee. However, European settlers arrived in the area in the late 18th century, leading to conflicts with the native inhabitants. One of the earliest European settlers was Christopher Robertson, the county's namesake, who arrived in 1779 and established a fort.

During the early years of settlement, Robertson County faced numerous challenges, including attacks from Native American tribes and the harsh environmental conditions of the region. However, as the community grew, it became an important center for agriculture, with tobacco and cotton being major cash crops. The county also benefited from the construction of railroads in the 19th century, facilitating trade and further economic development.

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Robertson County witnessed significant growth and change. The county played a role in the Civil War, with battles occurring in nearby areas. After the war, the county's economy diversified, and industries such as tobacco manufacturing and distilling flourished. The county's population continued to expand and its towns developed, with Springfield becoming the county seat.

In modern times, Robertson County remains an agricultural hub while also embracing industrial development. It is known for its strong community spirit and dedication to preserving its rich history. The county continues to thrive as a vibrant and growing community, offering its residents a mix of rural charm and urban amenities.

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

  • 1796: Robertson County was established on April 9, 1796, as an original county of Tennessee.
  • 1810: Springfield was established as the county seat.
  • 1838: The town of Adams was founded.
  • 1861-1865: Robertson County played a significant role in the American Civil War, with battles and skirmishes taking place throughout the area.
  • 1902: The Sulphur Fork Bridge, a steel truss bridge, was constructed to span the Sulphur Fork Creek.
  • 1942-1945: During World War II, the Camp Tyson military training camp was established in Robertson County.
  • 1974: A tornado struck several areas of Robertson County, causing significant damage and loss of life.
  • 1999: The Volunteer State Community College, a two-year college, was established in Robertson County.
  • 2020: Robertson County celebrated its 224th anniversary since its establishment.