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Originally the home and hunting grounds of several Indian Nations, Lawrence County was created in 1817 by the Tennessee General Assembly. Lawrence County measures 617 square miles and is located in southernmost central Tennessee. The county seat, Lawrenceburg, was chosen in 1819.

Pioneer David Crockett settled in Lawrence County. Crockett operated a water-powered gristmill, powder mill, and distillery in the area of the county that is now David Crockett State Park. In addition to his businesses, Crockett became one of Lawrenceburg’s first commissioners and justices of the peace. Crockett became one of Tennessee’s vaunted “Volunteers”, and died in 1836 during the battle at the Alamo.

Over its years, Lawrence County has been a melting pot of nationalities and cultures. The first settlers, primarily farmers, migrated from the Carolinas. These pioneers also established the first sawmills, gristmills, cotton mills, and iron ore mines. With the railroad’s arrival in 1883, the county became a leading producer of iron ore.

The early 1870’s saw a large number of German Catholic immigrants. Today the communities of Loretto and St. Joseph retain much of their German heritage.

In 1944, the Old Order Amish established a community in North Lawrence County, farming and practicing skilled crafts. They continue to practice their simple lifestyle today, and are one of the county’s main tourist attractions.


Lawrence County is served by the region’s largest public school system, with three high schools, eight elementary schools, one middle school, and one adult high school, each accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges. The county has four quality parochial schools and several private preschools. More than 7,000 students attend throughout the county.

Lawrence County is also close to several regional 4-year institutions, including Middle Tennessee State University, Martin Methodist College, University of North Alabama, and Athens State University.


Lawrence County is home to many Primary Care and Family Practice physicians, Specialists, and Health Care professionals. Crockett Hospital, open since 1974, is the county’s 107-bed acute care facility, with over 35 doctors providing service. Fully staffed walk-in centers and outpatient care facilities are also available in Lawrenceburg and Loretto, providing both primary care and outpatient laboratory care.


Lawrence County has something for everyone, whether you’re an avid outdoorsman, golfer, history buff, or simply want to take in a show.

Pristine lakes and streams dot the county. Try float-fishing on Shoal Creek for smallmouth bass and redeye, or visit Laurel Hill lake to hook a largemouth or crappie. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency also stocks area streams with trout throughout the year. Deer, turkey, dove, and other game are plentiful in the fall, winter, and spring months.

There are several parks to visit in Lawrence County, starting with David Crockett State Park. The 1100-acre park offers biking, boating, camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, and a beautiful restaurant overlooking 40-acre Lindsey Lake. There is also a museum depicting the life and story surrounding frontiersman David Crockett. Each August, Lawrence County celebrates David Crockett in a three day celebration called David Crockett Days, complete with frontier craftsmen, storytellers, artists, food, and family events.

Other parks and recreational facilities include Rotary Park and Bobby Brewer Memorial Park in Lawrenceburg, and Burke Park and Dr. M.H. Weathers Memorial Park in Loretto.

Dixie Oaks Golf Course in Summertown and Lawrenceburg Golf & Country Club in Lawrenceburg are open to area golfers.

The Summertown Bluegrass Reunion hosts hundreds of musicians in the spring and fall. The annual James D. Vaughan Festival attracts southern gospel music lovers from around the country. Lawrence County is also home to the historic Crockett Theatre and the Crockett Theatre Performance Series, with performances ranging from chamber orchestras to musical theatre.

Lawrence County is blessed with a large Amish Community. While our Amish neighbors value their privacy, tours of their beautiful farm country are available. You’ll also find Amish crafts, quilts, artisan furniture, and seasonal fruits and vegetables all year.