About Hickman County
Hickman County covers an area of about 1588 square miles of beautiful land containing both rural and urban settings. The county was founded in 1807 and named after Edwin Hickman, an explorer and surveyor. View Hickman County Horse Farms For Sale
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Hickman County’s natural beauty influences it’s natural, peaceful lifestyle. With the Duck and Piney Rivers, and many creeks, large and small, running through the county, it speaks to those who love the outdoors. Hickman offers pristine lots and acreages, many with creeks and waterfront, perfect for building your dream home, horse or cattle farm.
With Nashville just over an hour away, it’s close enough to urban amenities, but with an idyllic, quiet setting. Residents can enjoy a wide array of outdoor activities, but with community events and rich cultural traditions. Hickman County’s cost of living is 14.3% lower than the national average. View Hickman County Farm Real Estate.
Hickman County’s Rich History
Hickman County’s history began before Tennessee even achieved statehood. Hickman and the Duck River Valley was originally claimed by the Chickasaw people of Western Tennessee and Northern Mississippi.
In April 1791, Edwin Hickman, a North Carolina explorer, led a surveying party into the area. One morning, at a small creek on the north side of Duck River near what is the presently Centreville, Indians fired on the party, killing Hickman.
Among the area’s first white settlers was John Gordon, the famous “Captain of the Spies” who later fought at H Pensacola under Andrew Jackson. In partnership with Chief William “’Choosehmataha” Colbert, he then operated a ferry and Indian trading post for settlers travelling along the Natchez Trace, a war path later made into a federal road for settlers moving from Tennessee into the lower Mississippi Territory.
The Chickasaw later ceded the land to Tennessee in 1805. When Hickman County was established in 1807, it was named after Hickman at the suggestion of Robert Weakly, a legislator and member of Hickman’s party.
The original county was vast, extending South all the way to the Alabama state line. It was later reduced through the formation of the Wayne, Lawrence, Perry and Lewis counties. Even so, Hickman County is still the eighth-largest county in the state.
As with many central Tennessee counties, in the 19th Century, Hickman County industry revolved around iron furnaces and it’s natural supply of high-quality iron ore. It eventually diversified to include agriculture and timbering.
Today, local industry is thriving, including manufacturers of packaging materials, metal buttons, men’s pants and various wood products, structural steel and piles.
Fun fact: Hickman County is the subject of the Johnny Cash song "Saturday Night In Hickman County", and the Hickman community of Grinder's Switch is indirectly mentioned in the song.
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Listing information last updated on May 21st, 2022 at 5:24pm CDT.