Gov. Frank Clement (left) with William L. Barry in the 1960s
Henderson County also used to be the home of William L. Barry. Mr. Barry served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1955 through 1967, and as the House Speaker during his last four years there.
Look how big Henderson County was in 1821
Tennessee State Library & Archives
Mr. Barry knew quite a bit about Henderson County history, and told us about Miles Darden, who lived here for most of his life and died in 1857. Miles was world famous, not for something he did but for what he was. He was a giant – at least seven feet six inches tall and, at the time of his death, weighed more than a thousand pounds (according to the cotton scales on which he was weighed).
According to the book Every Day in Tennessee History by James Jones, “a typical Miles Darden breakfast consisted of a dozen eggs, two quarts of coffee, a gallon of water, and 30 buttered biscuits.” Miles started as a farmer, and later ran a tavern and inn. "Darden's business prospered since he was an intelligent man with good business sense, who not only provided excellent food but good service too," according to Henderson County by G. Tilman Stewart.
Here's a photo of the Henderson County Courthouse.