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Coffee County was named in honor of Maj. Gen. John Coffee. He was a soldier, surveyor, and close friend of Andrew Jackson.
Under his command, Tennessee troops took a decisive part in the New Orleans Campaign, Dec. 23, 1814, to Jan. 8, 1815.
This county lies principally on the highlands or plateau of Middle Tennessee,\ a small portion only being in the basin. The soil
is generally light and sandy, though there arc some fertile valley.
Manchester is the county seal. Its population is 488. Other
towns arc, Summitville, Beech Grove, Hillsboro, Pocahontas,
Needmore and Tullahoma, the latter being a summer resort of
considerable celebrity. The principal water-courses are Duck
River and its tributaries, which afford water power of the finest
quality. The county is amply supplied with timber. The principal products are corn, wheat, oats, rye, fruits and live stock.
The plateau lands, though not adapted for heavy crops of grain,
are well suited for the growth of fruits. The principal educational institutions arc the Tullahoma College, the Tullahoma
Grammar School, and the Manual School, of Manchester. The
Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad passes through the county,
and the Manchester and McMinnville Railroad has its terminus
at Tullahoma. There are in the county one paper factory, one
hub and spoke factory, one file factory, one axe-handle factory,
one sash, door and blind factory and one woolen mill. The
amount of capital invested is about $250,000, and number of
persons employed 200. The prevailing religious denominations
are Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Cumberland Presbyterian
and Episcopalian. The county taxes are: for schools, 10 cents;
for roads, 15 cents; for county purposes, 10 cents.
Hand-book of Tennessee By A. W. Hawkins, Henry E. Colton 1882
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