The Tennessee General Assembly created Williamson County on October 26, 1799, from a portion of Davidson County. The county was named in honor of Dr. Hugh Williamson of North Carolina who was a colonel in the North Carolina militia and served three terms in the Continental Congress.
Williamson County was severely affected by the Civil War. Three battles were fought within the county: the Battle of Brentwood, the Battle of Thompson’s Station, and one of the bloodiest battles in the war, the Battle of Franklin. The large plantations that were part of the economic foundation of the county were ravaged, and many of the county’s youth were killed during the war. Many Confederate casualties of the Battle of Franklin lie in the McGavock Confederate Cemetery, near the Carnton plantation house. This cemetery, containing the bodies of 1,481 soldiers, is the largest private Confederate cemetery in America.
Williamson County is ranked among the wealthiest counties in the country. In 2006 it was the 17th wealthiest county in the country according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but the Council for Community and Economic Research ranked Williamson County as America’s wealthiest county (1st) when the local cost of living was factored into the equation with median household income. In 2010, Williamson County is listed 17th on the Forbes list of the 25 wealthiest counties in America.
Award winning Williamson County schools are considered some of the best in the State of Tennessee. Williamson County Schools is a K-12 school district with approximately 34,000 students enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year. There are 41 school sites: nine high schools, eight middle schools, 23 elementary schools, and one K- 8 school.
Younger residents living within the boundaries of the city of Franklin may attend the Franklin Special School District. The FSSD is a K-8 school system with approximately 3,850 students enrolled. Students are served by seven schools: four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, and a K-8 school.
Parks and Recreation
Williamson County parks and recreation offer multiple activities and facilities that include playgrounds, baseball and soccer fields, nature trails, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, basketball, racquetball and tennis courts, and fitness centers. Community centers offer a variety of classes and meeting rooms.
The YMCA of Middle Tennessee believes a community is strongest when everyone has the opportunity to live healthier in all areas of life—spirit, mind and body. The YMCA has multiple facilities scattered throughout the communities of Williamson County.
Williamson County homes include single-family homes, condos, starter homes and luxury homes, offering plenty of great choices for even the most discerning homebuyer. With the county’s strong economy and award winning schools, homes offer excellent value and competitive prices.
Contact Laura or Cindy and let them help you find your next home in one of the outstanding communities of Williamson County.
Links to Williamson County:
- Williamson County
- Thompsons Station
- Spring Hill
- Williamson County Schools
- Franklin Special School District
- Parks and Recreation
- YMCA of Middle Tennessee