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Coffee County was formed in 1836 from parts of Bedford, Warren, and Franklin counties.
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 are some fertile valley. Manchester is the county seat. Its population is 488. Other towns are, 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 are 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.
[Source: "Hand-book of Tennessee" By A. W. Hawkins, Henry E. Colton; pub. 1882]
Coffee County has twelve Century Farms, the classification for farms that have been operating for more than 100 years.
The oldest Century Farm is Shamrock Acres, founded in 1818.
Other Century Farms include:
Beckman Farm ~ Brown Dairy Farm ~ Carden Ranch ~ Crouch-Ramsey Farm ~ Freeze Farm ~ The Homestead Farm
Jacobs Farm ~ Long Farm ~ Shamrock Acres ~ Sunrise View Farm ~ Thomas Farm, site of the Farrar Distillery
Towns and Other Populated Places
Manchester ~ Tullahoma
Hillsboro ~ Lakewood Park ~ New Union
Beechgrove ~ Belmont ~ Fudgearound ~ Noah ~ Pocahontas ~ Shady Grove ~ Summitville