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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)

Grundy County, Tennessee

Grundy County Education, Geography, and History

Grundy County, Tennessee Courthouse

Grundy County is a county located in the state of Tennessee. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 13,703. Its county seat is Altamont. The county is named in honor of Felix Grundy.

Etymology - Origin of Grundy County Name

Named in honor of Felix Grundy (1777- 1840), chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, US congressman and senator from Tennessee, US attorney general under President Van Buren.


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History of Grundy County

Created 1844 from Coffee, Warren and Franklin counties; named in honor of Felix Grundy (1777- 1840), chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, US congressman and senator from Tennessee, US attorney general under President Van Buren.

Grundy County was formed in 1844 from Franklin and Warren counties
(Acts of Tennessee 1843-44, Chapter 204).

There were fires at the Grundy County courthouse in 1853 and 1890.

Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture
The Tennessee General Assembly established Grundy County in 1844 from parts of Warren, Coffee, and later, Marion Counties. It was named in honor of Felix Grundy, a Virginian who migrated to Tennessee by way of Kentucky. Grundy served in both the US House and US Senate and was attorney general under President Martin Van Buren.

The first County Court was held at Beersheba Springs and then at several individual homes near the present site of Altamont, which was established as the permanent county seat in 1848. The founding of Beersheba Springs and Pelham predated the formation of Grundy County.

Long associated with the economic history of the county, coal was discovered in the area of present-day Tracy City in the 1840s while Ben Wooten's sons were digging out a groundhog from beneath a stump. In 1848 a young Irishman, Leslie Kennedy, followed the construction of the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad in search of moneymaking opportunities. While hiking through the Cumberland Plateau he became interested in coal outcroppings and returned to Nashville to seek financial backing for a coal mining venture. Nashville attorney William N. Bilbo listened to his scheme and bought the Wooten land and vast tracts belonging to the Samuel Barrell heirs, before heading to New York to find developers for the coal lands. Samuel Franklin Tracy and a group of financiers traveled to Tennessee and purchased Bilbo's holdings, which they used to form the Sewanee Mining Company with Tracy as president. When the Sewanee site proved less productive than expected, the mining company extended their tracks ten miles farther to the Wooten site, which became the town of Tracy City. The first coal was shipped from the site on November 8, 1858. Find more from the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture: GRUNDY COUNTY

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 361 square miles (935 km2), of which, 361 square miles (934 km2) of it is land and 1 square miles (2 km2) of it (0.16%) is water

Grundy County contains much of the Fiery Gizzard Trail, renowned for scenic beauty and diversity.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Warren County (north)
  • Sequatchie County (east)
  • Marion County (south)
  • Franklin County (southwest)
  • Coffee County (west)


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