County Seat: Rogersville
Year Organized: 1786
Square Miles: 487
150 Washington Street
Named in honor of Benjamin Hawkins (1754-1818), member of the North Carolina legislature and the Continental Congress, US senator, agent for the Creek, Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Created 1786 from Sullivan County; named in honor of Benjamin Hawkins (1754-1818), member of the North Carolina legislature and the Continental Congress, US senator, agent for the Creek, Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw.
Hawkins County was formed in 1786 from Sullivan County (Acts of Tennessee 1786, Chapter 34).
There was a fire at the Hawkins County courthouse in 1863.
One of the oldest Tennessee counties, Hawkins County was first established as a separate North Carolina county on
January 6, 1787, when the state legislature divided Sullivan County, North Carolina. The original county was quite
large, extending from the North Fork of the Holston River southwestwardly to the "Big Suck" near present-day
Chattanooga. Other counties, or parts of counties, later created from Hawkins include Hancock, Grainger, Jefferson,
Knox, Roane, Meigs, and Hamilton. Prior to its creation by North Carolina, the county was Spencer County, State of
The act creating Hawkins County empowered seven commissioners to select a central place for the county seat, where a courthouse, prison, and stocks would be built and to levy a tax for the support of local government. The first meeting of the commissioners took place at the home of Thomas Gibbons on Big Creek on June 4, 1787, at which time Joseph Rogers's land on Crockett's Creek was selected as the location for the county seat. During the summer of 1787 the courthouse, jail, and stocks were erected, and the little community took the name Hawkins Court House. The first elected county officials were John Hunt, sheriff; William Marshall, register; and Thomas Hutchins, clerk. Marshall and Nathaniel Henderson were elected the first representatives to the North Carolina House of Commons, and Thomas Amis was elected the first senator to represent the new county in the legislative assembly.
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According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 500 square miles (1,294 km2), of which, 487
square miles (1,260 km2) of it is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) of it (2.60%) is water.
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