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Visit Ashland City to find the epicenter of the county government. A historic courthouse awaits newcomers for everything from legal matters to a marriage license.
Yes, a river truly does run through it. The Cumberland River provides some of this area’s most enjoyable fishing, boating and water sports.
A thriving business community can be found stretching from every city limit sign and then some. A new Walmart, Eckerd and soon to open Tractor Supply are just some of the exciting businesses joining this area.
The first settlers came to the Brentwood area in the late 1700’s. Much of the land was granted to Revolutionary War soldiers by the State of North Carolina.
The original site of business activity in the area was at the Frost place on Old Smyrna Road. The general store, the grist mill and the post office were located there. With the coming of the railroad and the highway the town center shifted.
Brentwood grew and prospered and by the time of the Civil War, the area was one of the richest in the state. The soils were fertile and plantations flourished as was evidenced by the stately homes built. During the war many of these homes were used for providing food and treating wounded soldiers, both Confederate and Union. By the end of the War, there were very few farm animals or growing crops left. The war left its scar on the economy and many homes and plantations fell to ruin.
The Brentwood area recovered from the Civil War. In the 1920’s it was rediscovered. Gradually many of the plantation homes were bought and restored. As the Phoenix rose from the ashes, with the construction of the Interstate in the 1960’s Brentwood grew and prospered and by the 1990’s the area was again one of the richest in the state.
Based on information by T. Vance Little, City Historian
The Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill on Oct. 25, 1803, creating Dickson County. Dickson was formed from Montgomery and Robertson counties. The county was named for William Dickson, a Nashville physician and statesman who served in Congress at the time. Although Dickson never lived in the county named for him, his relatives played roles in its early development.
Notable activity took place a decade earlier when in 1793, James Robertson, the “father of Middle Tennessee,” purchased land on Barton’s Creek. It was on this tract of land that Robertson built the first iron works on Tennessee’s frontier. In 1804, Robertson sold his furnace to Montgomery Bell, who became one of the state’s wealthiest capitalist and industrialist.
The development of the iron industry in Dickson County did much to shape the county in its early years. However, the building of the railroad in the 1860s, the building of the “Broadway of America,” now known as Highway 70, and the construction of Interstate 40, all of which pass through the southern portion of the county, have done much to shape the county over the last 150 years.
Middle Tennessee is one of the fastest growing areas in the Southeast United States. In recent years, Middle Tennessee has seen worldwide corporations establish major offices and plants in the area. For example, Nissan Motors built a full 3-shift manufacturing plant in Smyrna which employs over 5,000; Saturn Motors built a plant in Spring Hill which employs over 7,000; HCA bought several of the hospitals in Tennessee making Nashville their home for business operations; and the list goes on and on. The businesses, hospitals, motor companies, etc., have expanded over the past 10 years increasing their employment and relocating personnel to the area.
Nashville is home to several private schools for elementary through high school. For colleges, Nashville offers Vanderbilt University, which offers one of the country’s best Medical schools; Tennessee State University, Belmont University, David Lipscomb University, Fisk University, Meharry Medical College, Nashville Tech, and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
The Town of Kingston Springs is a picturesque “bedroom community” located ten miles west of the edge of Nashville on Interstate 40. Drive time to downtown Nashville is only 30 minutes. Mall shopping is a short 10 minute drive away. A variety of businesses and restaurants operate in Kingston Springs. Community events are plentiful and offer many opportunities to meet new neighbors. The Town is dotted with a variety of churches. This quiet town offers an ideal setting to raise a family or to just get away from it all!
Pleasant View is located at the northern corner of Cheatham County near I24W. Convenient to Nashville, Springfiled and Clarksville, Pleasant View offers a superior hometown feeling for those who work in other areas.
Having been a major player in the history of the county as a stagecoach depot, the city has more recently been incorporated and still stands as a crossroad to everywhere you want to go.
Exceptional schools, friendly faces and wide open spaces are great things to call home.