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Hawkins County was founded in 1786 and was named in honor of
Benjamin Hawkins. He was a member of the Continental Congress from North Carolina, U. S. senator from North Carolina
1789-1795. He signed the Deed of Cession conveying the Southwest Territory to Federal Government, which is now the state of Tennessee.
Rogersville is the county town, and has a population of 740.
The Rogersville and Jefferson Railroad connects it with the
East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad. Other towns are,
Rogersville Junction, St. Clair and Mooresburg. A portion of the
county is mountainous, but for the most part it is made up of a
succession of valleys and ridges. In the valleys and on the
northern slopes the soil is rich. On the southern slopes, generally rocky and poor. The navigable streams are the Holston
and Clinch rivers. There are numerous smaller streams and
excellent water powers at many localities. Timber, of excellent
quality, is found in abundance. During the war, large quantities of salt were made in this county from a well 200 feet in
depth. Mineral springs, which are frequent throughout East
Tennessee, are most abundant in Hawkins county, and some of
them are celebrated for their curative properties. Petroleum is
found floating on the streams in some localities. Hawkins
county is justly celebrated for its beautifully-variegated marble,
which for its quality and beauty of coloring is perhaps not surpassed by any in the world. A number of quarries are being
worked and about 300 hands employed. The business is rapidly
increasing. Hawkins County has five academies and one female
college. The religious denominations are, Baptists, Methodists,
Presbyterians and Dunkards. The agricultural productions are
those common to East Tennessee. The taxes levied by the
county are, on $100: for schools, 20 cents; roads, 15 cents;
county purposes, 40 cents. Hawkins county has two woolen factories, a leather and shoe
factory, a number of steam mills, etc.
Hand-book of Tennessee By A. W. Hawkins, Henry E. Colton 1882
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