County Seat: Charlotte
Year Organized: 1803
Square Miles: 490
P.O. Box 220
Named in honor of William Dickson (1770- 1816), Nashville physician, member and speaker of the state house, US congressman, trustee of the University of Nashville.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Created 1803 from Montgomery and Robertson counties; named in honor of William Dickson (1770- 1816), Nashville physician, member and speaker of the state house, US congressman, trustee of the University of Nashville.
Dickson County was formed in 1803 from Montgomery and Robertson counties. (Acts of Tennessee 1803, Chapter 66).
The Tennessee General Assembly formed Dickson County on October 25, 1803, from the counties of Montgomery and
Robertson and named it in honor of Congressman William Dickson, a Nashville physician. An industrial county from its
inception, Dickson County was part of the frontier until 1818. The first court justices included several well-known
Tennesseans: Montgomery Bell, William Doak, William Russell, Sterling Brewer, Gabriel Allen, Lemuel Harvey, Jesse
Craft, Richard C. Napier, and William Teas. They organized the county on March 19, 1804, at the home of Robert
Nesbitt on Barton's Creek. Later sessions of the court met at the homes of Colonel John Nesbitt and John Spencer
until the courthouse was completed in 1810.
The county seat of Charlotte, named for James Robertson's wife, was built on 50 acres purchased from Charles Stewart for five thousand dollars. On May 30, 1830, a tornado devastated the town, destroying most of the businesses and homes, as well as the jail and courthouse, along with many county records. A new brick courthouse was completed in 1832 and is now the oldest courthouse in the state.
Find more from the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture: DICKSON COUNTY
According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 491 square miles (1,272 km2), of which, 490
square miles (1,269 km2) of it is land and 1 square miles (4 km2) of it (0.29%) is water.
Dickson County is bordered on the NE by the Cumberland River. The county is drained by the Harpeth River.
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