Bibliography of Tennessee Local History Sources > Sumner County

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Alcorn, Janis B. The vascular flora of Sumner County, TN. Vanderbilt U. thesis, 1976. 87 pp.

Allen, Valeria E. "Early times in Sumner County. " Am. Mo. Mag. 10 (1897), pp. 254-259.

Anderson, James D. The historic Blue Grass Line: a review of the history of Davidson & Sumner counties. Nashville, Nashville-Gallatin Interurban Railway, 1913. 93 pp.

Anderson, James D. Making the American thoroughbred, especially in TN, 1800-1845. Norwood, MA, Plimpton Press, 1916. 300 pp.

Baird, Reed A. "Opie Read: an American traveler. " THQ 33 (1974), pp. 410- 428.

Biographical directory, TN General Assembly, 1796-1969 (Sumner County, Preliminary # 32). Nashville, TSLA, 1972. 100 pp.

Bonial, John G., Jr. "The Walton Road. " THQ 30 (1971), pp. 402-412.

Bowyer, John W. & Claude H. Thurman, eds. The annals of Elder Horn: early life in the southwest. NY, Richard R. Smith, 1930. 225 pp. (Horn was a Sumner County minister & teacher in the late 19th century)

A brief study of the history of Sumner County. N.p., 1940. 43 pp. (note says: "the outcome of the work of the social studies group of teachers of Sumner County, with Mrs. Paul Yokley as chairman of the white group; the colored teachers of the county contributed the chapter on the Negro.")

Carr, John. Early times in middle TN. Nashville, E. Stevenson & F.A. Owen, 1857. 248 pp. (reprinted 1958 by Parthenon Press)

Cisco, Jay G. Historic Sumner County, TN, with genealogies of the Bledsoe, Cage & Douglas families. Nashville, Folk-Keelin, 1909. 319 pp. (various reprints available)

Citizens' Task Force on Public Schools (Sumner County, TN). Report of the Citizens' Task Force on Public Schools. N.p., 1991. var. pp.

Clark, Isaac. Clark's miscellany, in prose & verse by Isaac Clark of Sumner County, TN. Nashville, T.G. Bradford, 1812. 120 pp. (known as the first book of a literary character published in Nashville or middle TN)

Corkran, W.D. The Sumner County educator. Edited & published in the interest of the free schools, by W.D. Corkran, superintendent. Gallatin, n.p., 1879. 16 pp.

Cresap, Dorothy. "Sumner County, TN historical & genealogical resources. " TN Ancestors 11 (1995), pp.

Curtis, Priscilla M. Employment opportunities in ornamental horticulture in Sumner County, TN. TSU thesis, 1985. 39 pp.

Durham, Walter T. , James W. Thomas & John F. Creasy. A celebration of houses built before 1900 in Sumner County, TN. Gallatin, Sumner County Hist. Soc. in cooperation with the Sumner County Archives, 1995. 52 pp.

Durham, Walter T. Daniel Smith, frontier statesman. Gallatin, Sumner County Library Board, 1976. 318 pp.

Durham, Walter T. The great leap westward: a history of Sumner County, TN from its beginning to 1805. Gallatin, Sumner County Public Library Board, 1969. 225 pp. (2d ed., 1993)

Durham, Walter T. Old Sumner: a history of Sumner County, TN. Gallatin, Sumner County Public Library Board, 1972. 530 pp. (sequel to The great leap westward )

Durham, Walter T. Rebellion revisited: a history of Sumner County, TN from 1861-1870. Gallatin, Sumner County Museum Assoc., 1982. 362 pp.

Durham, Walter T. & James W. Thomas. A pictorial history of Sumner County, TN, 1786-1986. Gallatin, Sumner County Hist. Soc., 1986. 152 pp. (reprinted 1987, 1991)

Ferguson, Edwin L. Sumner County, TN in the Civil War. Privately printed by the author, 1972. 399 pp.

Flood insurance study: Sumner County, TN, unincorporated areas. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1984. 29 pp.

Freedle, Martha. "Children's games & amusements in Sumner County in 'the good ol' days.' " TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 27 (1961), pp. 23-31.

Goodspeed's history of TN (Sumner County, pp. 797-821, 848-929). Goodspeed, 1887.

Guild, George B. A brief narrative of the fourth TN cavalry regiment, Wheeler's Corps, Army of TN.  Nashville, n.p., 1913. 268 pp.

Guild, George B. "Reconstruction times in Sumner County. " AHM 8 (1903), pp. 355-368.

Guild, Josephus C. The fashions & other kindred subjects: the lecture of Hon. Jo. C. Guild, delivered at Gallatin, TN, Friday evening, April 7, 1876. Gallatin, A.A. Lewis & Son, 1876. 10 pp.

Guill, Mrs. Donald, comp. Sumner County. Edited by Louie E. Spivey. Gallatin, n.p., 1968. 24 pp.

Hall, William. Early history of the southwest, by Gen. William Hall: pioneer, Indian fighter, governor of TN & US congressman. Nashville, Parthenon, 1968. 45 pp.

Harper, Denise. "Rural hamlets of upper Sumner County. " Western KY U. paper, 1985. pp.

Henderson, Deborah K. History of Walnut Grove Church. N.p., the author, 1982. 54 pp.

Hendrickson, Mrs. T.J. A short history of Sumner County, 1786-1957. Gallatin, Sumner County Public Library Board, 1958. 46 pp.

History of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church (Sumner County, TN). N.p., 1984. 12 pp.

Holladay, Alvis M., Robert B. Holladay & Wendell G. Holladay. "Spencer's companion, who was he? " THQ39 (1980), pp. 282-291.

Howell, Isabel. "John Armfield of Beersheba Springs. " THQ 3 (1944), pp. 46- 64, 156-167.

Howell, Isabel. "John Armfield, slave trader. " THQ 2 (1943), pp. 3-29.

Jenkins, William T. History of Sumner County, TN. Vanderbilt U. thesis, 1949. 113 pp.

Kilgore, Krista & Don Scruggs. One step further: a history of the thirteenth district of Sumner County, TN. N.p., the authors, 1986. 55 pp.

Kilgore, Sherry J. "A brief survey of frontier architectural characteristics in Robertson & Sumner counties. " TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 44 (1978), pp. 116-126.

Kilgore, Sherry J. The William Bowen house. N.p., 1978. 39 pp.

Law, Harry L. The strawberry industry in Sumner County, TN. George Peabody College thesis, 1930. pp.

Marshall, Park. A life of William B. Bate, citizen, soldier & statesman. Nashville, Cumberland Press, 1908. 363 pp.

Mather, Kirtley F. Oil & gas resources of the northeastern part of Sumner County, TN. Nashville, Williams Print. Co., 1920. 89 pp. (TN Div. Geol. Bulletin #24)

Nashville MSA, 1980-1987: an economic analysis. Nashville, TN Dept. Emp. Sec., 1988. 55 pp.

Nimmo, A.L. The people & events in the history of Pleasant Grove & Garretts Creek communities.  N.p., the author, 1985. 18 pp.

Norris, Walter C., Jr. "Remedies & cures from south Allen & north Sumner. " 1973. Unp. mss, 269 pp. (Western KY U., Folklore, Folklife & Oral History Archives)

Odum, Anna K. "Some Negro folk songs from TN. " J. Am. Folklore 27 (1914), pp. 255-265.

One hundred years celebration, 1875-1975: East Fork Missionary Baptist Association. Nashville, J & H Printing Service, 1975. pp.

Read, Opie. I remember. NY, Richard R. Smith, Inc., 1930. 335 pp.

Rogers, E.G. "Switching for water. " TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 21 (1955), pp. 108- 111.

Speech of Mr. Guild of Sumner, in the House of representatives, Oct. 19, 1833 on the Indian Bill.  Nashville, the Republican & Gazette, 1833. pp.

Sumner County Solid Waste Energy Recovery Facility. Final report, Aug., 1985. Palo Alto, CA, EPRI, 1985. var. pp.

Sumner County, TN. Gallatin, Sumner County Chambers of Commerce, 1927. 11 pp.

Sumner County, TN fact book. Gallatin, the News-Examiner, 1982. (annual)

Sumner County, TN fire safety survey project. N.p., 1980. 1 vol.

Teng, Yuan C. "Reverend Issachar Jacox Roberts & the Tai Ping rebellion. " J. Asian Studies (Nov. 1963), pp.

TN Dept. Transportation [county maps ] issued periodically.

TN Taxpayers Assoc. A report on the financial survey of the government of Sumner County, TN.  Prepared for the Sumner County Taxpayers' League & for the county court of Sumner County. Nashville, the association, 1933. 75 pp. (its Research report #3)

Todd, Pauline M. Sumner County sesquicentennial, 1787-1937: souvenir book, October 10-14. Nashville, Marshall-Bruce, 1937. 64 pp.

Trousdale, Julius A. "A history of the life of General William Trousdale. " THM 2 (1916), pp.

Trousdale, Julius A. "The reign of terror in TN. " So. Bivouac 1 (April 1886), pp. 665-670.

US Geol. Survey [topographic maps ] issued periodically. Quadrangles: Prices Mill, Franklin, Hickory Flat, Adolphus, Petroleum, Orlinda, Portland, Fountain Head, Turners Station, Westmoreland, White House, Cottontown, Gallatin, Bethpage, Hartsville, Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, Laguardo, Hunters Point, Nashville East, Hermitage.


Barnes, Dovie, et al. A brief history of Cairo community. Gallatin, Cairo Community Club, 1964. 12 pp.


Castalian Springs/Wynnewood

Breitburg, Emanual. "An Analysis of faunal remains from the Wynnewood State Historic Site, Sumner County, TN, & its implications to TN plantation site archaeology in the Central Basin. " TN Anthrop. 8 (1983), pp. 182-199.

Durham, Walter T. A historical research report on the Castalian Springs, located at Castalian Springs, Sumner County, TN. Nashville, THC, 1975. 72 pp.

Durham, Walter T. "Wynnewood. " THQ 33 (1974), pp. 127-156, 297-321, 389- 409.

Durham, Walter T. Wynnewood: Bledsoe's Lick, Castalian Springs, TN. Castalian Springs, Bledsoe's Lick Hist. Assoc., 1994. 96 pp.

Franklin, James. A master plan for the preservation & development of Castalian Springs.  Chattanooga, James Franklin, Architects/Planners, 197- . 36 pp.

Log preservation analysis: "Wynnewood," Castalian Springs, TN. For the Bledsoe's Lick Hist. Assoc. & the THC by Building Conservation Technology. Washington, D.C., Building Conservation Technology, 1976. 49 pp.

Smith, Samuel D. Archaeological explorations at the Castalian Springs, TN, historic site. Including a report on tree ring research at Castalian Springs National Historic Landmark by Lynne J. Bowers & Dinah L. Grashot. Nashville, TN Div. Arch., 1975. 113 pp.

Smith, Samuel D. "Excavation of a mid-nineteenth century trash pit, Wynnewood State Historic Site, Sumner County, TN. " TN Anthrop. 8 1983), pp. 133-181.

Thompson, Linda A. A study of two early nineteenth century houses in Sumner County, TN: Cragfont & Wynnewood. Vanderbilt U. thesis, 1977. 128 pp.



Allen, Ward. "Cragfont: grandeur on the TN frontier. " THQ 23 (1964), pp. 103-120.

DeWitt, John. "General James Winchester. " THM 1 (1915), pp. 79-105.

Durham, Walter T. James Winchester, TN pioneer. Gallatin, Sumner County Library Board, 1979. 281 pp.

Harrell, David E. "James Winchester, patriot. " THQ 17 (1958), pp. 301-317.

Thompson, Linda A. A study of two early nineteenth-century houses in Sumner County, TN: Cragfont & Wynnewood. Vanderbilt U. thesis, 1977. 128 pp.


Gallatin/Fairvue Plantation

A compilation of the laws & ordinances of the Corporation of Gallatin. Comp. by J.J. Turner, Esq., City Attorney. Gallatin, Examiner Job Room, 1875. 57 pp.

Connor, Thomas K. "Living with antiques: Fairvue, the TN home of Mr. & Mrs. William Wemyss.  "Antiques (Oct. 1971), pp. 606-610.

Laws & ordinances of the corporation of Gallatin. Comp. & rev. by J.T. Baskerville, city attorney. Nashville, Cullom & Ghertner, 1911. pp.

Laws & ordinances of the corporation of Gallatin: to which is prefixed the original charter with subsequent amendments. Comp. & rev. by Edward T. Seay. Gallatin, Gallatin Examiner, 1899. 175 pp.

Moffatt, Charles. 125th anniversary booklet, First Presbyterian Church, Gallatin, TN. N.p., 1953. pp.

Stephenson, Wendell H. Isaac Franklin: slave trader & planter of the old south, with plantation records. Baton Rough, LA, LSU Press, 1938. 368 pp. (reprinted 1971 by P. Smith)

Warden, Margaret. The saga of Fairvue, 1832-1977. Nashville, the author, 1977. 40 pp.



Benthall, Joseph L. The Moss-Wright Park archaeological project: excavation of site 40SU20, Goodlettsville, TN. With contributions by Carl Kuttruff. Nashville, TN Dept. Conservation, 1987. 92 pp.

Flood insurance study: city of Goodlettsville, TN, Davidson & Sumner counties. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1980. 18 pp.

Henderson, Deborah K. & John C. Garrett, Sr. "It is a goodly land"; a history of the Mansker's Station, Goodlettsville area. With photography by Cary R. Henderson. (1st ed.) Goodlettsville, J.C. Garrett, 1982. 352 pp.

Hodgson, Julia. A comparison of three TN urban centers: Goodlettsville, Franklin & Clarksville.  George Peabody College thesis, 1939. 372 pp.

Hutchings, Janice & Terry Hutchings. The history of the Goodlettsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1843-1986. Goodlettsville, the church, 1986. 75 pp.

Petty, Millard F. The Goodlettsville outrage, in verse & other poems. Nashville, Davie Print. Co., 1892. 32 pp. (includes an account of the "outrage" as told by Mrs. Abeline Bruce to Jas. A. Pilkinton, & a poem entitled "Nashville's great fire, Jan. 2, 1892 ")

Recipes of today with yesterday's history. Presented by the Womans Club of Goodlettsville. Goodlettsville, the club, 1980. 99 pp.

Sowell, Anne C. The journey & sojourn of the William Bowen family of Mansker's Creek.  Hendersonville, the author, 1989. 45 pp.

Vanderpool, Herbert C. History of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 1794-1976. Nashville, Parthenon Press, 1976. 114 pp.



Bank of Hendersonville. Fifty years in Hendersonville. Edited & published by 50th Anniversary Comm. Hendersonville, the committee, 1956. 28 pp.

Flood insurance study: city of Hendersonville, TN, Sumner County. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1981. 25 pp.

Matlock, J.W.L. History of the Methodist Church at Hendersonville, TN. Hendersonville, First Methodist Church, 1960. 90 pp.

Portrait of Hendersonville. Hendersonville, Chamber of Commerce, n.d. Stamper, Powell. A century plus five years: a history of the First Presbyterian Church of Hendersonville, TN, from its beginning to 1974. Nashville, Carney Print. Co., 1975. 113 pp.

Takacs, Timothy L. The city by the lake: a history of Hendersonville, TN, 1780-1969. Baltimore, MD, Gateway Press, 1992. 504 pp.


Howard Female Institute

Fowler, Jo. Smith. An examination of a scurrilous pamphlet under the vaunting title "Conclusive proof that Jo. Smith Fowler is an infidel." Gallatin, Gray & Boyers, 1857. 44 pp.

Harrison, W.A. Conclusive proof that Mr. Jo. Smith Fowler, principal of Gallatin Female Institute, is an infidel. Nashville, printed by E. Vallette, 1856. 31 pp.

Howard Female Institute, Gallatin, TN. Announcement of the Howard Female Institute, Gallatin, Sumner County, TN. Nashville, A.A. Stitt, 1856. 15 pp.



Flood insurance study: city of Millersville, TN, Sumner County. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1983. 14 pp.

Smith, Nancy B. & Roger L. Smith. TN Homecoming '86, Millersville. N.p., 1986. 162 pp.



Absher, Lee A., comp. Some early settlers of upper Sumner County, TN, including a reprint of The settlement of Portland, TN, by William T. McGlothlin. Published in the Portland Herald, 1909-1910. Knoxville, n.p., 1966. 72 pp.

History of the First Baptist Church, Portland TN: the first seventy-five years, 1890-1965: diamond anniversary celebration. Portland, the church, 1965. 34 pp.



Ferguson, Edwin L. Richland from birth to death. Portland, the author, 1976. pp.


Rock Castle

Delaney, Joseph D. A historical study of Rock Castle. Nashville, THC, 1969. 47 pp.

Dickson, D. Bruce. Excavations at Rock Castle, Sumner County, TN, Aug., 1972. Nashville, THC, 1972. 9 pp.

Ellis, Willie M. Historic Rock Castle: a history of Hendersonville, TN, & surrounding areas.  Hendersonville, n.p., 1973. 157 pp.

Garrett, W.R., ed. "Rock Castle. " AHM 5 (1900), pp. 291-294.


Tyree Springs

Durham, Anna T. "Tyree Springs. " THQ 28 (1969), pp. 156-165.

Moore, Gilbertine. Tyree Springs, a memory. N.p., 1972. 16 pp.


Volunteer State Community College

Durham, Walter T. A college for this community: a history of the local colleges antecedent to Volunteer State Community College. Gallatin, Sumner County Library Board, 1974. 108 pp.

Number one. Vol. 1, 1973-. (annual) Volunteer State Community College (college prose & verse)

Pioneer trails. Vol. 1, 1972-. (annual). Volunteer State Community College. (suspended 1977-1987)

Volunteer State Community College. General catalog. Vol. 1, 1971-. (annual). Volunteer State Community College. Volunteer State Community College enrollment analysis, fall, 1971- fall, 1975. Prepared by the Office of Admissions & Records. Gallatin, the college, 1975. 26 pp.