Warren County was founded in 1807. It was named
in honor of
Gen. Joseph Warren of Massachusetts - a Revolutionary War patriot.
He was killed at the Battle of Bunker
County seat, McMinnville; population, 1,244. Other towns
are Viola, Vervilla, Trousdale, Jacksboro, Dibrell, and Clarmont.
Water courses: Collins River, Rocky River, Caney Fork, Barren Fork, Mountain, Laurel, Charles, Cane and Hickory Creeks.
The water power on these streams is excellent. A portion of
the county lies on the Cumberland Plateau and has the characteristics of that section. The larger portion lying west of the
Plateau has a rich, red-clay soil and is very productive. Timber is abundant. The principal agricultural products are corn,
wheat, oats, tobacco, cotton, rye, grass, clover, fruit, etc. Much
stock is raised in the county. There is an academy at McMinnville, and good schools at various localities. There are in
the county four cotton factories, one woolen factor), a number
of tanneries, etc. The capital invested is $350,000 and number of persons employed, 400. The principal churches are
Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian and Christian. The county
taxes are, for schools, 8 cents; for roads, 5cents; for county
purposes, 20 cents per $100. The McMinnville and Manchester Railroad passes through
the county. Hand-book of Tennessee By A. W. Hawkins, Henry E. Colton 1882)