Established: Feb.14, 1845
Parent County: Benton and Polk
County Seat: Hermitage
Named After: President Andrew
Jackson, "Old Hickory"
The Source is: P.M.
Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St. Louis,
1865, 162 pgs.
Transcribed by Donna Walton
Is situated near the center of
the southwest quarter of the State.
The land is generally fertile, undulating, and
in some places broken, with about an equal
amount of prairie and timberland. In this,
as in most other counties, the forests are
growing up rapidly since the Indians have been
driven away, and the annual fires kept
out. But little attention has been paid to
the culture of grapes, hemp, flax, or
tobacco. An average crop of wheat is about
thirty bushels to the acre;
corn, 100 oats, 30; buckwheat 12 to 15; potatoes
50 to 60; turnips 300. Timothy, clover,
and Hungarian grass do well. There is
excellent waterpower on the Niangua and Pomme de
Lead and iron have been found in various
localities, but no mines opened.
There were, in March, 95,000 acres of government
land in the county, subject to entry at the
Booneville Land Office.
P.O. Box 3
Hermitage, MO 65668-0003
Phone: (417) 745-6450