Welcome to Lawrenceburg Tennessee
Birthplace of Southern Gospel Music
Lawrenceburg is a small town just about 85 miles south, south west of Nashville Tennessee. We are a great community made up of many different backgrounds. We have great pride in being from our great town. Lawrenceburg is rich in history. Our people is what makes us great. We are home to some great names such as James D. Vaughan, the father of Southern Gospel Music. Michael Jeter, famed actor in great movies such as Jurassic Park III and the Green Mile. Fred Thompson, actor on Law & Order and presidential candidate in 2008. We could drop some more names but that would get boring.
On October 21, 1817, the Tennessee General Assembly created Lawrence County from territory acquired by treaty with the Chickasaw Indians. A section of Hickman County and a small portion of Giles County were included in its boundaries. Local government was established in 1818.
Davy Crockett served as one of the first commissioners and justices of the peace in Lawrence County. In the four or five years he lived in the area, he operated a water-powered gristmill, a powder mill, and a distillery. Today David Crockett State Park is situated on the site of the frontiersman's land. The park attracts tourists from across the United States, especially during the annual David Crockett Days.
In the early 1870s a large number of German Catholics arrived in Lawrence County in search of better land. They included many skilled tradesmen and settled in such communities as Loretto and St. Joseph. A third migration between 1908 and 1915 brought families from Cullman, Winston, and Morgan Counties in Alabama to southern Middle Tennessee. Most of these twentieth century settlers were cotton growers or timbermen. Cotton continued to play a major economic role in Lawrence County until the late 1960s.