Successful First Families of Fentress County Certificate Meeting

There was a productive meeting relating to doing research and documenting the information needed to obtain a First Families of Fentress County Certificate. It was held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Fentress County Library. Blank pedigree charts and family group sheets were given to each participant. Some of the handouts utilized were a […]

Workshop for First Families Certificate

The Fentress County Historical Society has been issuing First Family Certificates to individuals who had an ancestor living in Fentress County in 1823 and could prove their linage back to that ancestor. Each step in the linage needs to be proven by using birth or death records, census records, estate settlement records, court records, or […]


The annual History & Heritage Day will be held April 28, 2018 at the York Elementary School in Jamestown, Tennessee, starting at 9:00 A.M.  The theme will be “Fiftieth Anniversary – Looking Back, Moving Forward.”  Past accomplishments will be shown.  Plans for the future will be exhibited. Genealogy exchange is an important part of this […]

Fiftieth Anniversary Coming — Looking Back

The Fentress County Historical Society was organized May 22, 1968 in the Fentress County Public Library. Twelve individuals were present at this meeting — eleven adults and one teenager.  Ruble Upchurch was elected as President, Mrs. Jane Dayhuff, Vice-President, and Wanda June Sewell was elected as Secretary-Treasurer.  Ernest Buck, Paul Sidwell and Charles Chambers were […]

Fentress County Historical Society Announces Poster Contest

The Fentress County Historical Society today announced a student poster contest to be held in conjunction with the Society’s Spring Heritage Roundup theme of “Fentress Countians in the Great War”.  The contest, which is being sponsored by Progressive Savings Bank, is open to students currently enrolled in Fentress County Schools, grades six through twelve.  First place winner will receive […]

Fentress Countians in the Great War Program to be held April 28

For the first time, what has always been a Saturday event, will begin Friday evening, April 28, with a program commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I.  To be held at Sergeant Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute, the program will be titled Fentress Countians in the Great War.  Activities will continue on Saturday, April 29th, at York Elementary […]

2016 Pumpkin Festival Activities

Is this year’s Pumpkin Festival on your schedule for this Saturday?  If not, be sure to pencil it in!There will be a full day of activities, good music and good food.  And, of course, opportunities to visit with family and friends and be amazed at the size of those pumpkins competing for prizes and bragging rights!  It’s […]

An Overview of the Civil War with an Emphasis on Tennessee and Fentress County, presented by Thomas Potter

 Thomas Potter, local attorney, will speak at the Fentress County Historical Society’s May program.  His topic will be An Overview of the Civil War with an Emphasis on Tennessee and Fentress County.  The program will be presented in the large courtroom of the Fentress County Courthouse, Thursday, May 19, 4:30 – 6:00pm.  Mr. Potter, who is a graduate […]

Bill Landry of WBIR TV’s Heartland Series to be hosted by the Fentress County Historical Society

Bill Landry, narrator, host and co-producer of WBIR TV’s Heartland Series will present “A Celebration of a People and a Land”, Tuesday, March 8, 4:30pm and 6:00 pm, in the large courtroom of the Fentress County Courthouse.A presentation of the Fentress County Historical Society’s Visiting Author Series, Bill will also sell and autograph his books, including Appalachian Tales […]