"There's no place like home. There's no place like home."
Crockett County is located near the geographical center of west Tennessee. Crockett County is "the county that almost wasn't." Six
times between 1832 and 1872 they tried to form a new
county from Dyer, Haywood, Gibson and Madison counties. Settlers had trouble crossing the Forked Deer River
to reach their county seats, So Crockett County was finally
created, with Alamo as the county seat.
The Ambassadors serve as the public relations arm of the Crockett County Chamber of Commerce. The mission of the Chamber of Commerce is to enhance the quality of life in Crockett County by promoting its economic and social resources. The Chamber of Commerce is the county's central clearinghouse for information and projects that make a difference in the lives of Crockett Countians. The Chamber's goal is no less than to make Crockett County the best that it can be and with its many members' support, that's exactly what will happen.
There IS a Green Frog
I describe my home town as being between Frog Jump and Green Frog in one direction and between Archer's Chappel and Walnut Hill the other direction. For some known reason, people LAUGH when I say that.
For all of you doubters, here is proof that Green Frog really does exist. The Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invited me to their meeting at the Green Frog Restaurant. When I wanted to photograph the front of the building, four of them JUMPED at the oportunity to present another smiling CC Ambassador to the rest of the world. There is also a gift shop, wedding chapel and a cotton museum here at Green Frog/
Frankie McCord is Executive Director of the Crockett County Chamber of Commerce. During this lunch meeting at Green Frog, she and the Ambassadors are developing a strategy to make more folks aware of Crockett County. Frankie "married into" Crockett County and is now responsible for many of the good comments heard around the state. The Ambassadors and their RED Blazers are known throughout Tennessee as one of the most exciting public-relations groups associated with any Chamber. These dedicated citizens work with Ms. McCord in providing a FACE for the Chamber, and offering a friendly handshake, welcoming new business owners to the county and promoting long-time business folks.
UPDATE: Frankie McCord was recently elected to serve a two-year term as president of the West Tennessee Chamber Of Commerce Executives. WTCCE was organized for the purpose of advancing the commercial, industrial, agricultural and civic interests of West Tennessee. Congratulations go to our own Frankie McCord.
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THE CROCKETT COUNTY GATHERING!
Alamo began in 1847 when Isaac M. Johnson and
Lycurgus Cage opened a store at the town site. The town
was called "Cageville," incorporated in 1855. By 1872, Lycurgus Cage had left the area and the county was being formed. Isaac Johnson was a fan of Davey Crockett and "The Alamo" so, the town was renamed to honor Davy Crockett's heroism at the
Alamo in Texas. It became the county seat in 1873. The courthouse originally had a bell-tower which was removed many years ago.
Alamo native Theo Emison is a direct decendant of Isaac M. Johnson, our own living history.
A Great Life!
Growing up in Crockett County was like growing up on the Andy Griffith Show. The phone company was locally owned and still had "telephone operators" until 1959. My Dad's office phone number was "88." Alamo had the Court Square in the center of town. This late '60's photo was taken from a second story window in the Courthouse. On Saturday, everyone would "go to town" to do the weekly shopping. The downtown stores had a custom of staying open late on Saturdays for the farmers to "come to town" and shop for goods. This custom lasted until the early 1970s.
The First Court
In the second floor of the original Methodist Episcopal Church in Alamo,
the first county court met, March 12, 1872, with Isaac Johnson Chairman, and Commissioners W.N. Beasley, John E. Slnclair, J.F. Robertson, David A. James, Asa Dean, Frank F. Wood, Dr.T.J. Hicks and John E. Pearson. The town's name was changed from Cageville to Alamo the same year.
Maury City was born as a depot stop called "Maury Station."
Zeb Maury was a surveyor for the Holly Springs, Brownsville and
Ohio Railroad. But the rail line never materialized. In 1906 the town became a town, and in 1911 it incorporated. The first high school in Crockett County was built here. Today Maury City is the "Cotton Capital of Crockett County." This is the beautiful new City Park, an example of why people love living here.
Friendship started out in 1878 as two general stores, one on
top of a hill and another in the valley The government wanted
a post office here, and each store's owner felt the post office
belonged with him. They compromised and put it half way
between them, and that's where the downtown business district
formed. Friendship's 470 people enjoy a busy Main Street downtown, with many late 1800's buildings mingling with modem
structures. Friendship was first incorporated in 1859. And, in 1912, Friendship's first automobile was driven to town.
Bells Depot, then in an area called Haywood County, was founded in
1855 and was named in honor of William Bell who built the first dwelling
in town. Bells Depot was incorporated in 1868 with Hardy L. Windburn as the first mayor.
Then in 1880, by an act of government, the word "Depot" Was eliminated from the name of the city and
Bells was made a part of Crockett County instead of Haywood County.
Bells is home of the West Tennessee Okra Festival. The festival
includes a horse show, beauty pageant, street carnival, and other
activities and shows. The Festival is always held during August, the peak of the okra season.
Gadsden is the historical site of the first large scale strawberry growing operation in the state of Tennessee. The town was incorporated in 1867. A 1903 business directory lists 6 groceries, 1 druggist, 3 doctors, 1 blacksmith, l barber, a livery stable and a harness shop, a hotel, 1 undertaker, 3 pastors, and a depot agent for the L&N (Louisville & Nashville) railroad. With a ballfield, city park and nearby Davy Crockett Lake,
Gadsden residents have always found it a pleasant place to live.
Located on Highway 70/79, it may be one of the first towns in
Crockett to experience significant expansion due to the growth of
Jackson's population. Already, several new homes have gone up
near the Madison County line and more are expected.
Crockett Mills' early days were heavily influenced founderJ.F. Robertson. In 1867, he built a general store which
became the start of the town. It was originally named Robertsonville; however, when they applied for a post office, it was discovered that there was already a Robertsonville Post Office in Tennessee. Because the town had a saw mill, flour mill and handle mill, "Crockett Mills" seemed an appropriate new name. J.C. Hamlett was a partner in the Robertson & Hamlett Store, which was at the heart of Crockett Mills. The school at Crockett Mills was named after Mr. Robertson and Mr. Hamlett. Working together, its citizens have turned the old school into a community center which is used by people from all over the county.
The Old Home Place
On October 1, 2001, I took a TWA (yech) flight to visit my favorite place in the world...Crockett County. While there, I took this photo of my dear ole Dad picking cotton on "the old home place." When the house burned down many decades ago, my Dad, his Dad (my grandfather), and his three brothers RE-BUILT THE HOUSE (obscured by the trees) which has been a "Reasons-Family" home for over SIXTY YEARS!!!
As a kid, my cousins and I picked strawberries from these same fields...for ten cents per quart.
In the above image, my Dad is picking cotton in the same field where he used to pick cotton by hand. I am VERY PROUD of my Father!
Night Lights On the Square
Evening has fallen, most folks are at home with family.
Business has ended. The streets are silent after midnight. When you contrast the lively business day with this quiet, solitary scene, it seems like two distinct towns.
This is the south side of the square, looking south-east. In the mid-1960's, there was a donut shop here. Many times, I would ride my bike to the donut shop for a box of a dozen fresh donuts for breakfast. The tasty glazed pastry sold for five cents each or a dozen for a half dollar.
Study this image for a moment and you soom become aware of a peaceful solitude around the Square...late, late at night...when not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse.
This time-exposure view was taken with the camera on a tripod and remote conrol at 1 A.M. July 3, 2003.
SPECIAL THANKS go to Mrs. Ann Tillman, the Crockett County Librarian, Mrs. Betty Jo Steele, Mr. Theo Emison, Esq. and others who helped with some of the info and photos on this tribute page to Crockett County, Tennessee.
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