and Traditions: Lincoln County was carved from territory
ceded to the United States by the Cherokee and Chickasaw Indian
tribes. The Elk River, called "Chewalee" by the Indians,
flows through Lincoln County. Legislation established our county
during their session on November 14, 1809 to become effective January
1, 1810. Lincoln County was named for Revolutionary War hero General
Benjamin Lincoln. He served under General George Washington and was known for being appointed by him to accept Lord Cornwallis' sword as a symbol of England's surrender to the American Colonies, thereby ending the American Revolutionary War for Independance. Benjamin Lincoln was named Secretary of War and later given charge of the Port of Boston.
The Tennessee state legislature appropriated funds
to purchase 100 acres of land for the county seat from Mr. Ezekiel
Norris for $100.00. The name "Fayetteville" was chosen
in honor of the many settlers who came here from Fayetteville, North
Carolina. The first church in Fayetteville was the Presbyterian
Church, known at the time as the First Church of Fayetteville. It
was established in 1812.
Interesting Facts: The first
item to be considered by our pioneer forefathers was a lot for
the County jail, or calaboose. It was built in 1810 by Ephrahim
Parham for the sum of $19.87 ½. The first circuit court
was established in 1810 and the first chancery court was established
During the War of 1812, Lincoln County furnished a company in
General Andrew Jackson's army and participated in the Battle of
New Orleans. In 1846, Lincoln County also furnished a company
of men for the War of Mexico. Known as the Lincoln Guards, the
company distinguished itself for gallantry at the battles of Monterey,
Vera Crus and Cerro Gordo. During the Civil War, Lincoln County
furnished 21 companies of infantrymen for the Confederate Army.
A number of famous Americans, including Davy Crockett,
Sam Houston, Daniel Boone, and General Andrew Jackson, have lived
in or visited Lincoln County.
Our gravity-flow water system, located at what
is now known as Wells Hill Park, was the first of its kind in
the United States. Engineers from as far away as New York came
to see it in operation.
CROSSROADS TO DESTINY
CAMP BLOUNT, LINCOLN COUNTY, TENNESSEE-1813