Humphreys Co., TN

Humphreys Co., TN

Humphreys County, TN


Created in 1809 from parts of Stewart County and in 1811 the county established its first seat, Reynoldsburg, on the Tennessee River, where a stage line to Nashville crossed. Reynoldsburg thrived as an important transportation center until 1835, when the county was divided and Waverly became the new county seat. Selected for its central location and access to the stage line, by 1838 Waverly included a courthouse, jail, businesses, and many log dwellings.

Humphreys County grew steadily and by 1860 claimed a population of 9,096 whites, 1,463 slaves, and 14 free blacks. Most residents were farmers. In addition to livestock, farms situated along the rich river bottoms and fertile valleys yielded wheat, rye, oats, tobacco, and cotton, with Indian corn the major cash crop.

Humphreys County was the scene of occasional skirmishes and one Civil War battle.

Modern Day Adjacent Counties

Houston County, TN (north)
Dickson County, TN (northeast)
Hickman County, TN (southeast)
Perry County, TN (south)
Benton County, TN (west)

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