The Fentress County Historical Society has announced that it will host a Historic Preservation Conference, Friday, March 8. The event, which will be held at First Baptist Church in Jamestown, will start at 8am and continue through the afternoon, with guest speakers, panel discussions, and more. Additional information will be available on the Society’s website, www.fentresscountyhistoricalsociety.org and its Facebook page.

Conference registration will be open to all organizations and individuals in Fentress and adjacent counties with an interest in preserving our heritage as a legacy for future generations.  To register, please send a detailed message to events@fentresscountyhistoricalsociety.org



The Fentress County Historical Society Museum in Allardt

Saturday, December 8, 2018 10am-1pm


Everyone Invited




All Fentress County Historical Society books will be 10% off  at the Museum during the hours of the Christmas Open House

These will make wonderful gifts for the history lover on your list!


Seasonal refreshments served              Door prizes


We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!


A program about the history of Jamestown’s First Baptist Church, based upon the book, Footsteps of Faith: The Story of the First Baptist Church, Jamestown, Tennessee, 1930- 2015, written by Patsy Littrell, will be presented Saturday, November 10, at the Fentress County Historical Society Museum, in Allardt.

The book upon which Mrs. Littrell’s program is based, tells the story of the church from its organization in 1930 to 2015. Well researched and written, it vividly recalls the many individuals and groups within the church that have made it a place of worship and a center of service in the Jamestown community for almost one hundred years. Special features of Footsteps of Faith are the dozens of photographs, some dating back to the early 1900s, and the lists of pastors and deacons that note the years of their service.

Mrs. Littrell will have copies of her book for sale at the Museum, starting at 10am, on Saturday. The cost of the book is $10; and she will autograph each book sold, if requested.

Of special interest will be First Baptist’s heritage quilt, which Mrs. Littrell wrote about in the book. Starting at 11am, she will tell its history, how it came to be quilted, what its purpose was and how it made a contribution to furnishing the newly erected church building in 1937. The quilt will also be displayed during her program.

The Fentress County Historical Society invites everyone to come out to the Society Museum, in Allardt, this Saturday, to learn about the historical significance of Jamestown’s First Baptist Church in the Fentress County community. You do not have to register to attend. However, space is limited; and those wishing to hear the program are encouraged to let us know ahead of time that you plan to be there.

Museum tours will be given and a good selection of Historical Society books will also be available for purchase. There will be refreshments and a drawing for door prizes.

Museum hours, on Saturdays, are 10am to 1pm. For more information, email mrobbins45@gmail.com; or visit the Fentress County Historical Society’s Facebook page.

Customer Share grant awarded to the Society by Volunteer Energy Cooperative (VEC),

“The Fentress County Historical Society is very appreciative of the recent Customer Share grant awarded to the Society by Volunteer Energy Cooperative (VEC),” said Thomas Potter, Society President.

According to Mr. Potter, the $1,500 grant will be used to purchase much needed technology for the Society, including a computer and a copier/printer/scanner. As much of the Society’s work involves research, record building, maintenance and dissemination, as well as printing and publishing, its effectiveness will be greatly enhanced by having up-to-date technology in-house.

“The VEC has a strong and solid history of supporting the financial needs of the non-profits in its service area through the Customer Share Program” Mr. Potter continued. “We, in Fentress County, are very fortunate to be in this service area and have this funding opportunity available to our non-profit community organizations.”

FCHS Book and Bake Sale at the Museum in Allardt, Saturday, October 6, During the Pumpkin Festival

The Fentress County Historical Society will have a book and bake sale at the Society’s museum in Allardt, Saturday, October 6, during the Pumpkin Festival. Festival goers are invited to stop by the museum, located near the four-way stop, from 8:30am to 3pm.

There will be numerous baked items for sale, as well as canned goods and some specialty items. All of the Society’s books will be available, including the most recently reprinted – 100 Years in the Cumberland Mountains – by Mr. A. R. Hogue.

Members of the organization’s board of directors will be on site to provide tours of the building and answer questions about the Society and provide information about its programs, including The First Families of Tennessee.

There will be drawings for door prizes and free coffee will be available, as long as it lasts.

The Fentress County Historical Society is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.



To commemorate the conclusion of the Fentress County Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary Year, the organization will host a picnic at the Jamestown Community Park, Tuesdray, May 22, 5-7pm. Everyone is invited to attend this special event, for an evening of food, music, a presentation about the organization’s mission, activities and plans for the future. Garrett Farms is providing Choice Beef Burgers for the grill and the Grill Masters will be Willie Beaty and John Beaty, who are known for flipping some great burgers. Leonard Anderson, one of  Fentress County’s favorite entertainers will be at the mike with some much requested songs. There will be door prizes and perhaps a surprise or two.

The Fentress County Historical Society has been preserving, promoting and sharing the history of this place we call home since May 22, 1968. The organization was begun with a small group of individuals, led by Mr. Ruble Upchurch, who was elected its first president. Wanda Hatfield, who was a member of that original group, is still a member of the Society, sits on its Board of Directors and is Editor of its Newsletter.

As the Society begins its second half-century of serving as service to the people of Fentress County, it is at a milestone. With its holdings – archives, library, museum – located in separate buildings, FCHS leadership realizes that it is time to bring all its holdings together in one location in order to better preserve, add to and more effectively present them to the public. With a significant bequest from the late Helen Linder Hull, the organization is moving forward with a campaign to raise the remainder of the money needed to construct a building or purchase an existing one that is adequate to meet the needs of today and allow for expansion to meet the needs of the future.

It is with this in mind that, at this important point in the Society’s history, its leadership is hosting this 50th Anniversary Picnic in the Park – to say “Thank You!” to those who have already given to the Fentress County Historical Society Building Fund, to present plans for future growth to the community and emphasize the importance of everyone’s support in this endeavor that will honor the past and preserve it for future generations.

“We look forward to seeing friends and neighbors from all across Fentress County at this important event,” said Willie Beaty, Chairman of the FCHS Building Committee. “Come out to the Jamestown Community Park on May 22, from 5 to 7pm. Enjoy the evening and learn about what your support of this endeavor can mean for Fentress County.”

Reservations are not required. See you at the Park!


The Historic Sites Committee of the Fentress County Historical Society will celebrate Historic Preservation Month with its customary placing of a plaque on a local building of historical significance. The building chosen as this year’s plaque recipient is Ye Old Jail Museum Building on the Courthouse Square.

The building, which houses the Ye Old Jail Museum and the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce, was built in 1898, after the previous jail had burned. It served as the Fentress County Jail from that date until 1979, when a new jail was built and attached to the southwest corner of the Courthouse. The current jail is a part of the Justice Center.

The plaque installation ceremony will be held on May 22, at 12:30pm, with officials of the Fentress County Historical Society, the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce and other local officials participating. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

For additional information about the event, or about previous Fentress County Historical Society historic marker recipients, contact the FCHS at www.fentresscountyhistoricalsociety.org or visit us on Facebook. The Society, now celebrating its 50th Anniversary Year is a 50l(c)3
not-for-profit organization.


2018 is the twenty-ninth year that the Fentress County Historical Society has produced its annual Heritage Day, an event that has always focused on one particular aspect of Fentress County history. This year, the Society’s 50th Anniversary Year, will be very different, as its Heritage Day will be a cumulative look back at previous Heritage Days.
The Heritage Day theme, this year, is taken from the Society’s theme for its 50th Anniversary, “Looking Back – Moving Forward: A Celebration of 50 Years of Preserving and Sharing Fentress County History”. To be held, Saturday, April 28, 9:00am to 3:00pm, in the York Elementary School, Heritage Day will feature many of the themed displays from past years, including those focused on education, business, the Civil War, The Way We Worked in Fentress County 1850-1960, and more. Displays will be arranged by year; and some unique new displays will be available for viewing for the first time.
A highlight of this year’s Heritage Day will be a presentation of First Family Certificates to individuals who have recently completed their First Family documentation, as well as recognition of all First Family certificate holders who are present. With almost one hundred members of Fentress County’s First Families group, this part of the day’s program will be an important part of the event’s activity. The presentation and recognition ceremony is scheduled for 11:00am-11:30am.
The midday program will also include the announcement and introduction of the Fentress County Historical Society’s 2018 scholarship recipient as well as a surprise musical presentation. The Society will have a book sale table and other booksellers are expected to be present.
Lunch will be available. For $5.00, Heritage Day attendees can have a midday meal of sandwich, chips or nuts, dessert and a drink. Door prizes will be drawn for and winners announced throughout the day.
This twenty-ninth Heritage Day will round out the Fentress County Historical Society’s year long 50th Anniversary celebration, which has included several programs and seminars, an open house and other activities. The Society was founded on May 22, 1968, when Ruble Upchurch convened a meeting with about fifteen interested persons for the purpose of organizing a historical society. This group elected officers, drafted a constitution and set about the business of preserving and sharing the history of Fentress County. Since that time, the FCHS has been at the forefront of collecting, preserving and promoting the historical and cultural heritage of this place we call home.


If you have ever thought about becoming a member of the Fentress County Historical Society, there is a great opportunity to follow through on that thought waiting for you at this twenty-ninth Heritage Day, to be held at York Elementary School, Saturday, April 28. If you join as a new member at the Heritage Day event, you will receive, in addition to the other benefits of membership, a free lunch! The offer applies to both new individual adult memberships and new family memberships. Lunch will be served at midday and will include sandwich, chips or nuts, dessert and drink, for which the cost, otherwise, will be $5.00. To qualify, the new membership form must be completed and payment received at the Historical Society registration table prior to lunch being served.
This year’s Heritage Day will be the culmination of a year full of events celebrating the Fentress County Historical Society’s half century of preserving and sharing the history of Fentress County, Tennessee. The theme – “Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Celebration of 50 Years of Preserving and Sharing Fentress County History” - will be showcased by displays from Heritage Days held over the past several years.
Highlights of the day’s activities will be the presentation of First Family certificates recognition of Fentress County’s First Family Certificate holders, and the announcement of the Fentress County Historical Society’s 2018 scholarship recipient.
The Historical Society and others will have books for sale, door prize winners will be announced throughout the day, and free coffee will be available. Everyone is invited to come out to York Elementary School, April 28, 9am-3pm, to join the FCHS in celebrating its fifty years of service to Fentress County, to learn more about the people, places and events of this place we call home and visit with family and friends. Admission is free and everyone is invited.
The Fentress County Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit organization.
Find us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/fentresscountyhistoricalsociety/


The Fentress County Historical Society is planning an auction to benefit its building fund. The auction, which will be held at the Jamestown Community Center, Saturday, March 24, 5:30pm until the last item is sold, is an event of the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Throughout these fifty years, the Society has served Fentress County in historic preservation and promotion. As an organization, it has preserved artifacts and documents pertaining to the county’s history and its families, published books about our people, places and events, and presented free and open programs and workshops to educate our residents and other interested individuals about the unique heritage of this area.

“Throughout the years, we have fulfilled our mission without funding from any source other than memberships, fundraisers and small donations. Neither have we had a home, a central location in which to bring together our organizational offices, holdings, resources, programs and other activities,” said Tom Potter, Society President.

“During this, our 50th anniversary year,” he continued, “we see an opportunity to have a home, thanks to a bequest from the estate of Mrs. Helen Linder Hull. Her bequest provided us with the financial foundation upon which we can build a future home, although it is insufficient, in itself, to build or purchase such a structure."

To build upon the foundation provided by Mrs. Hull, the Fentress County Historical Society has set about to raise the money necessary to do just that. As a first step, the Society is planning an auction with a goal of raising a minimum of $5,000 to add to its building fund.

The public is invited to join with the organization in taking this step toward creating a new home that will hold, preserve and protect the history and heritage of Fentress County – one that will make all Fentress Countians proud.

Society board members and volunteers are contacting Fentress County businesses and interested individuals to request donations for the March 24 auction. Donations will be appreciated and publicly (unless otherwise requested) recognized, both prior to and during the auction.

Some great items have already been donated and many others are needed. If you have items to donate and have not been contacted, please call 931/879-9275

Everyone is invited to attend this fundraising auction for the Fentress County Historical Society at the Jamestown Community Center, Saturday, March 24, 5:30pm until the last item is sold. Darren Rudd Auction Company will be auctioneering.

There will be special guests and live entertainment. Food and beverages will be available, door prizes given away and, to round out the evening, an old-fashioned Cake Walk.