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Wayne County was founded in 1819. It was named in honor of Maj. Gen. Anthony Wayne, from Pennsylvania. From his daring, usually successful, exploits during the Revolutionary War earned him the nickname of "Mad Anthony".
Wayne County lies on the western portion of the Middle Tennessee Plateau. The surface is much cut with ravines and valleys. The general character of the soil is poor, but the valleys afford a soil of great fertility. The county seat is Waynesboro, which has a population of 236. Other towns are Clifton and Ashland. The county touches the Tennessee River on its northwestern part. Other
streams arc Buffalo and Green Rivers, Indian, Cypress, Mill, Forty-eight, Hardin, Butler and Beech Creeks. Timber is very abundant and of great excellence. The minerals are iron in large quantities, hydraulic limestone and marble. The principal crops raised are corn, wheat, oats, rye, cotton and peanuts. Much of the land in Wayne county is well suited for grazing and considerable stock is raised.
There are good private schools iu various localities. The usual county taxes are levied. The religious organizations are Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist and Christian.
(Hand-book of Tennessee By A. W. Hawkins, Henry E. Colton 1882)