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TN History for Kids

Counties

Warren County

Stalagmites at Cumberland Caverns Warren County is the site of Cumberland Caverns, one of the most extensive cave systems in the Volunteer State and a place with a somewhat frightening history. It was originally discovered in 1810 by Aaron Higgi…

Washington County

A marker and fountain in Jonesborough Washington is the "mother county" of Tennessee. When it was first formed in 1777, Washington County was part of North Carolina, and the "county" contained much of the land that later became…

Wayne County

Waynesboro is also one of many Tennessee counties that once had a General Shoe factory. General Shoe (or "Genesco") was at one time the largest apparel company in the world, with shoe factories all over the southeast. Here are the employe…

Weakley County

Gov. Ned McWherter PHOTO: TN State Library and Archives Tennessee’s governor from 1986 until 1994 was Ned Ray McWherter, a native of Dresden. McWherter was proud of some of the things that he was able to accomplish, but he is most proud of …

White County

The history fair at BonDeCroft Elementary School in White County A deep coal mine used to be next to this concrete slab in White County, which served as the elevator base for miners to descend into the mine The eastern part of White County (…