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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)

Stewart County, Tennessee

Stewart County Education, Geography, and History

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Stewart County is a county located in the state of Tennessee. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 13,324. Its county seat is Dover.

Etymology - Origin of Stewart County Name

Named in honor of Duncan Stewart (1752-1815), member of the North Carolina legislature, early settler, Tennessee state senator, surveyor-general and lieutenant governor of the Mississippi Territory.


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History of Stewart County

Created 1803 from Montgomery County; named in honor of Duncan Stewart (1752-1815), member of the North Carolina legislature, early settler, Tennessee state senator, surveyor-general and lieutenant governor of the Mississippi Territory.

Stewart County was formed in 1803 from Montgomery County
(Acts of Tennessee 1803, Chapter 68).

There was a fire at the Stewart County courthouse in 1862.

Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture
Created in 1803 from Montgomery County, Stewart County is named for an early pioneer and speculator, Duncan Stewart. Originally inhabited by nomadic hunters and mound builders, the area received white settlers in the 1780s, as Revolutionary War veterans arrived to claim land grants. The fertile bottomland attracted immediate interest, but the area's substantial iron deposits also drew attention. Several factors, including the location of deposits between the easily navigable Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, the availability of slave labor to operate the furnaces, and timber for fuel, produced a thriving iron industry that lasted for over a century.

The county's boundary lines have changed repeatedly. Today, the county encompasses 458 square miles; its population in 2000 was 12,370, representing a 30 percent increase since 1990. State and federal agencies control over 44 percent of the land in the county. Modern highways have replaced the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers as the primary transportation arteries. A Cumberland City ferry is the last remnant of a service rendered obsolete by the construction of bridges throughout the county. However, many place names indicate the county's geography and cultural history: Tobaccoport, Bumpus Mills, Big Rock, Bear Springs, Model, Bellwood, Leatherwood, Indian Mound, and Cumberland City. Find more from the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture: STEWART COUNTY

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 493 square miles (1,277 km2), of which, 458 square miles (1,187 km2) of it is land and 35 square miles (90 km2) of it (7.04%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Trigg County, Kentucky (north)
  • Christian County, Kentucky (northeast)
  • Montgomery County (east)
  • Houston County (south)
  • Benton County (southwest)
  • Henry County (west)
  • Calloway County, Kentucky (northwest)


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