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Franklin County was founded in 1807. It was named
in honor of Benjamin Franklin. He was a printer, publisher, diplomat, author, philosopher, scientist, and statesman.
His most notable achievements were his representation of the Thirteen Colonies at the court of France, his part
in drafting the Declaration of Independence along with his part in concluding the treaty with England which gave
the Colonies their independence. He also was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1787.
Winchester is the county seat. Other towns are Decherd, Hunt's Station, Cowan, Sherwood and Salem. The county is well watered by the Elk River and its numerous tributaries, which afford magnificent water power. The topography of the county is greatly diversified, a portion of it lying on the Cumberland Plateau, a portion in the valley of Elk River, and another portion on the Highland Rim. Some fertile lands are found along the base of the Cumberland Mountains, and also in the Elk River Valley. The plateau lands are less fertile, but well adapted for fruits and for summer grazing. The county is well timbered. The principal agricultural products are com, wheat, oats, rye, cotton and live stock.
The minerals of this county are coal and marble. Coal is mined to considerable extent, and some marble has been quarried. A number of cotton factories, one woolen factory, one
cheese factory, one iron furnace, a number of tanneries and other manufacturing establishments are located in the county.
The amount of capital invested is about $250,000, and the number of persons employed is about 300. The religious denominations are Episcopalian, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian-