Myles Horton, founder of the Highlander Folk School
PHOTO: Highlander Research and Education Center
County Seat: Altamont
In the 1930s Grundy County became the home of the Highlander Folk School, which promoted labor unions and racial equality. Many of the strikes that took place in Tennessee in the late 1930s were traced to the Highlander Folk School, and because of that a lot of business leaders in Tennessee didn’t like the school. In the 1950s the school trained many Civil Rights leaders, including Rosa Parks, in non-violent protest methods.
For more on Highlander's history, click here.
And to find out what became of Highlander, click here.
Today, most people who come to Grundy County come there to hike, fish and camp at the South Cumberland Recreation Area, which contains well-known trails such as Fiery Gizzard, Foster Falls, Greeter Falls and others. Click here
to learn more about this great place.
Here's the Grundy County Courthouse.