The eastern portion of this county is somewhat hilly, while the western part is level. The soil is generally very good, being a sandy loam, resting
upon a clay subsoil. The county is well timbered, the western portion especially, containing much valuable poplar and white oak. These furnish the material for business in lumber and staves, which are rafted
down the Forked Deer River, and find a market at New Orleans. The principal streams are the South and North forks of the
Forked Deer River, the former of which is navigable. Alamo is the county seat, and hits a population of 276.
Other towns are Bell's Depot, Friendship, Gadsden, Chestnut Bluff and Maury City.
The principal agricultural products are corn, wheat, oats, hay, cotton, Irish potatoes and sweet potatoes. Small fruits, such as
strawberries, raspberries and plums, are cultivated in some localities, to considerable extent, and have proved highly remunerative. The principal religious denominations are, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians and Christians.
Hand-book of Tennessee By A. W. Hawkins, Henry E. Colton 1882