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TN History for Kids

Counties

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 (…

Williamson County

Today, Williamson is the wealthiest county in Tennessee. However, the county's economic origins are on the humble side. This  photograph from the late 1800s shows men logging near the present-day site of College Grove. County Seat: Fran…

Wilson County

The town square in Lebanon Here's a sad story about the Civil War: when war broke out, there was a call for volunteers in Wilson County. Nearly a thousand men showed up, and they became part of the Seventh Tennessee Infantry (which included Te…