Wilson County, TN

Wilson Co., TN

Wilson County, TN


The Tennessee General Assembly created Wilson County on October 26, 1799. Europeans explored the land long before settlement: French trappers arrived as early as 1760, and the hunting party of Henry Scraggins passed through the area in 1765. John B. Walker led the first permanent settlers to Hickory Ridge, west of the present site of Lebanon, in 1794.

The county was named for Major David Wilson, a North Carolina hero of the American Revolution. Lebanon was named for the impressive stands of red cedar trees (actually Virginia juniper) that are characteristic of the region.

Modern Day Adjacent Counties

Trousdale County, TN (north)
Smith County, TN (northeast)
DeKalb County, TN (east)
Cannon County, TN (southeast)
Rutherford County, TN (south)
Davidson County, TN (west)
Sumner County, TN (northwest)

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