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Historic Hickman County Courthouse

Historic Hickman County Courthouse



Located in the center of the public square in Centerville, Tennessee, a Hickman County Courthouse has stood at this site for nearly 200 years. When the 1821 Tennessee legislature declared Centerville the county seat for Hickman County, the log cabin courthouse in Vernon was moved to Centerville in 1823. It was during these years that young Davy Crockett was elected Tennessee State Legislature representative for the area, including Hickman County. Some historians say that Rep. Crockett honed his campaign skills by debating a more accomplished and eloquent opponent in Centerville.

During the War Between the States the log cabin courthouse burned. The courthouse burned again early in the 20th century, precipitating the construction of the current structure. Due to the history of burnings, the present courthouse is constructed entirely of brick, stone, steel, and concrete. The only use of wood is nonstructural such as doors and trim.

Plans are underway to renovate the courthouse, giving new life to the historical building and revitalizing the Centerville Public Square.



Historic Hickman County Courthouse

104 College Avenue, Centerville, TN 37033


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