Decherd, located in Franklin County, is a town that is dedicated to
progress, moving forward into the 21st century with a focus on and
dedication to its development. Home to Nissan North America, Decherd is
growing every day with a city government that is reaching out to its
more than 2,000 residents. A part of the Tullahoma, Tennessee
Micropolitan Statistical Area, Decherd’s Mayor works hard to make
Decherd a great place to work, live and play! Please contact Margaret Lynch for more information.
Founded in the mid 1800’s, Decherd’s beginnings came about thanks to
the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad which was completed in 1851. The
town was named for Peter S. Decherd, who donated the right of way to the
railroad on the condition that the depot be located near the Decherd
Incorporated in 1868, from 1885-1901, the town wasn’t officially
incorporated because of the “Four Mile Law,” which allowed the selling
of alcohol within four miles of schools in incorporated communities
only. By 1890, Decherd had built and established Terrill College, the
current site of the Decherd Public School. An important part of the
prosperity of the town, Decherd became the terminal for lines going to
Huntsville, Alabama, Fayetteville, Lewisburg and Columbia, TN. Before
the Civil War, eight passenger trains stopped at the Decherd depot and
while today, trains still pass through, the depot is gone and the
passenger trains are no more. While no major battles were fought in
Decherd during the Civil War, skirmishes were fought for control of the
railroad and the Elk River. Today, Decherd stands as a city that embraces the future while
honoring its past and looks forward to the next one hundred years.
Attractions & Activities
Crimson Clover First planted in 1892, Crimson Clover, (considered a
legume that builds up the soil) the potential for it wasn’t realized
until 1902 when Lee Ruch decided to seed a field of crimson clover. A
beautiful sight, it’s also a valuable cash crop! Join the Crimson Clover
Ball held in May when the fields are in full bloom. Rebel’s Rest Major R. Fairbanks a founder and trustee at the
University of the South built Rebel’s Rest in 1886. The Fairbanks family
occupied the house in 1963 when the University took over the building
as a guest house and for entertaining. Falls Mill Tucked into the southwest corner of Franklin county is a
great spot for a picnic. Falls Mill has one of the largest waterwheels
still operating in the country and museum takes you back in time,
showing you the past via the factory.
Hank Weddington Park Come visit the park and bring your favorite book
and picnic basket! Fun things to do for the whole family are just
waiting for you!
Tims Ford Park One of the most accommodating parks in Tennessee,
there are over 400 acres of family fun including bicycle and hiking
trails, a swimming pool and secluded cabins that feature all the modern
amenities as well as campsites for people who love the outdoors. A
marina is also available, with a snack bar, bait shop and even a place
to clean your fish!
For more information on Real Estate in the area please contact local expert Margaret Lynch.