Trousdale County was not created until 1870, when it was carved out of part of four other counties. Parts of present-day Trousdale County have always been associated with horse racing — Tennessee’s number one spectator sport during its first century of existence.
In fact, in the early 1800s, people would come from all over the South to race their horses at a track near Hartsville.
Today, Trousdale County is home to a nuclear power plant that the Tennessee Valley Authority never finished. You can see the never-operational Hartsville Nuclear Power Plant from nearly 20 miles away. It sort of towers over Trousdale County.
If you can think of a use for it, please tell someone, because the people in Trousdale County have been trying to do something with the Hartsville Nuclear Power Plant for a long time!
Trousdale County is also the answer to a trivia question: With about 110 square miles, it is Tennessee’s smallest county.
Here’s (on the left) is the Trousdale County Courthouse.