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There are ninety-five counties in the State of Tennessee. The oldest county is Washington County, founded in 1777. The most recently formed county is Chester County (1879)

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Coffee County, Tennessee

Coffee County Education, Geography, and History

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Coffee County is a county located in the south central part of the state of Tennessee. Based on the 2010 census, the county's population was 52,796. Coffee County was formed in 1836 from parts of Bedford, Warren, and Franklin counties. It was named for John Coffee, an early European-American settler. Its county seat is Manchester.

Coffee County is part of the Tullahoma -Manchester, TN Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Coffee County Name

Named in honor of John Coffee (1772-1833), Creek War and War of 1812 cavalry commander, frontiersman, congressionaly-appointed surveyor-general, land dealer and prosperous planter.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

History of Coffee County

Created 1836 from Bedford, Warren and Franklin counties; named in honor of John Coffee (1772-1833), Creek War and War of 1812 cavalry commander, frontiersman, congressionaly-appointed surveyor-general, land dealer and prosperous planter.

Coffee County was formed in 1836 from Bedford, Franklin and Warren counties. (Private Acts of Tennessee 1835-36, Chapter 36).

There was a fire at the Coffee County courthouse in 1876.

Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture
The Tennessee General Assembly established Coffee County from parts of Bedford, Warren, and Franklin Counties in 1836. It named the new county in honor of General John Coffee, a close political ally of Andrew Jackson. The county has several important prehistoric sites, the most significant being Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Area at the forks of the Duck River. Woodland Period people constructed a large ceremonial enclosure there. Carbon-dating within the walls has identified construction dates of A.D. 30, A.D. 230, and A.D. 430, indicating that the site was used for at least four centuries. Whites began to arrive in the county during the 1790s. Fort Nash, which protected travelers and encouraged permanent settlement, was established in 1793 on Garrison Fork near Beech Grove.

When the county was created in 1836, Manchester was named county seat on two hundred acres belonging to James Evans and Andrew Haynes. The first courthouse opened in 1837 and served the county until it burned and was replaced by the present Coffee County Courthouse in 1871. This Italianate-style courthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Find more from the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture: COFFEE COUNTY

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 434 square miles (1,125 km2), of which, 429 square miles (1,111 km2) of it is land and 6 square miles (15 km2) of it (1.29%) is water.[

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Cannon County (north)
  • Warren County (northeast)
  • Grundy County (east)
  • Franklin County (south)
  • Moore County (southwest)
  • Bedford County (west)
  • Rutherford County (northwest)

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