Williamson

Brentwood Franklin Fairview Nolensville Thompson’s Station Spring Hill

About Williamson County – One Of The Wealthiest Counties In The US.
Franklin and Williamson County were created by the Tennessee General Assembly on October 26, 1799. Carved from neighboring Davidson, the new county was named for Dr. Hugh Williamson, a Revolutionary patriot and distinguished statesman from North Carolina.

Williamson County whether you’re strolling downtown Franklin, dining in Cool Springs shopping at the factory are looking for antiques in Leiper’s Fork, you will find that Williamson County supports diverse Lifestyles and offers a wealth of housing options.

Many of the early settlers came to take up grants awarded to them for their Revolutionary War service. Others bought land from those who chose not to settle here. Soon representatives of every honorable profession were calling the county home. Possibly its fame could be laid in part to its fine schools dotting the countryside. Franklin and Triune were noted for their male and female academies. These private schools flourished until around 1861. Attendance declined during the years of war and Reconstruction, and they were gradually replaced by the public school system.

Prior to 1861 Williamson County was the third wealthiest county in Tennessee. Its riches were derived from its productive soil, timber, and livestock. Almost wholly loyal to the South, Franklin and its surrounding communities suffered extreme hardships during Union army occupation from 1862-65.The battle of Franklin was a bloody conflict fought on November 30, 1864, between the forces of Confederate General John B. Hood and those of Union General John M. Schofield.

During the war and Reconstruction, two of Williamson County’s most important historical cemeteries were established. The McGavock Confederate Cemetery near Carnton contains the bodies of 1,481 Confederates killed at Franklin and is the largest private Confederate cemetery in America. The other notable cemetery in Williamson County is the Toussaint L’Overture County Cemetery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In years past Williamson County boasted some forty-four communities, quite a few of which still retain their identity. However, only four–Franklin, Brentwood, Fairview, and Thompson’s Station–have been incorporated as of April 1996.

Until recently Williamson was a rural county with very little manufacturing. In the 1930s the Dortch Stove Works operated in Franklin and was followed by Magic Chef, which made electric and gas ranges on the same site. Jamison Bedding then bought the property and was in business here for many years. In the late 1990s, developers restored the former factory as a model historic preservation adaptive reuse project. After CPS, APCOM, Pellican, and the Essex Group opened their plants in the 1960s, Franklin became the main manufacturing center in the county. Brentwood tends more to residential areas, office complexes, and service companies. General Smelting and Refining Company is located at College Grove, and Four Star, which makes tobacco harvesting equipment, operates out of Triune.

The completion of the interstate highway system contributed to Nashville’s rapid expansion in the mid-twentieth century, stimulating tremendous population growth in Williamson County. Population has increased, the formerly rural county has invested in infrastructure and schools, and it’s character is rapidly changing. From 1980 to 2000 businesses became more diversified. During that time Williamson became one of the fastest growing counties in the state, with major development taking place in residential, retail, office, and manufacturing properties. The service industry, which includes the Williamson Medical Center, doctors’ office complexes, restaurants, hotels, mortgage companies, law firms, accountancies, and financial institutions, was especially important. Primus, one of the largest financial companies in Middle Tennessee, is located at Cool Springs in Franklin. The largest employment site is Cool Springs Galleria, with some three thousand employees.

Williamson County’s population boomed like no other county in the state between 1990 and 2000. The county grew to 126,638 residents, an increase of 56.3 percent in ten years.

Such rapid growth and the construction of new highways, schools and malls in rural areas, hitherto untouched by progress, have created enormous stress in many places. These developments have resulted in the loss of private homes, historic landmarks, cemeteries, springs, and open spaces. However, in the face of great odds, interested citizens are striving to preserve the best of the past as their communities move toward the future.

as published in Tennessee Encylopedia -Author -John E. Acuff

Wilson County

Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Water Town, Belinda City, Green Hill, Rural Hill

Largest City In County Mt. Juliet – The City Between Lakes
Wilson County is located in the heart of Middle Tennessee. Wilson County was established by an act of the Third General Assembly of the State of Tennessee on October 26, 1799, three years after the organization of the state itself and consists of 583.27 square miles.

As of the 2010 census, the population was 113,993. Its county seat is Lebanon. The largest city in the county is Mt. Juliet.

Wilson County Schools oversees 22 public schools, including 2 adult education centers and a technical education center. The county has four high schools: Lebanon High School, Wilson Central High School, Watertown High School and Mount Juliet High School.

Mount Juliet is a medium-sized city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 35,725 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Mount Juliet is the 29th largest community in Tennessee.  Affordable, clean, well governed, and prosperous, Mt. Juliet has seen exponential population and business growth over the last decade.

Mt Juliet is one of Tennessee’s fastest growing communities and with our award winning schools, proximity to top-notch healthcare, low property taxes and diverse cultural & entertainment offerings, Mt Juliet has much to offer. What sets Mt Juliet apart from other cities? The PEOPLE! Residents of Mt Juliet provide a warm friendly environment, take pride in our community, support local businesses, and work together to make community stand apart from the rest.

  Mount  Juliet is bordered by I-40, I-24, I-65 and I-840, and a day’s drive to more than half of the American population. All roads lead through Mt. Juliet. 

Mount Juliet is also a short commute to Nashville, the world renowned “Music City” and many first class institutions of higher learning, like MTSU, TSU,

Vanderbilt, Belmont, Fisk, Cumberland and Lipscomb Universities. In Mt. Juliet, everything to live, shop and play is right here.

Mount Juliet has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in

who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures.

This seems to the case in Mount Juliet, where the median household income is $84,678.00.

Quick Facts About Mount Juliet.

10-15 minutes from Nashville International Airport.
Don’t like taxes? The city has one of the lowest tax rates in Tennessee.
The “4 R’s”: Retail, Roads, Rivers and Rail meet here. MJ has one of America’s newest commuter rail lines
City’s workforce is trained, capable and ready!
MJ has the largest shopping complex between Nashville and Knoxville, with hundreds of restaurants and shops.
Incorporated about 4 decades ago, infrastructure is new, robust and improving daily.
One of Tennessee’s Fastest Growing Communities.
Southern hospitality at it’s very finest.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis and State of Tennessee
Over 35,725 people reside in the City of Mt. Juliet (per 2018 census estimates).
$84,678 Median Household Income
$34,267 Per Capita Income
Wilson County is one of the state’s top 5 most affluent counties, and has the 2nd highest median income in Tennessee.
The 2010 Census has Wilson as Tennessee’s fastest growing county and 29th fastest growing in the U.S.
Wilson County Top Employers, 200+
For the recreational enthusiast, there are over 100+ miles of trails, sidewalks and bike routes, giving Mt Juliet miles of scenic walking, biking and running options. In 2020, Mt. Juliet will open a new greenway section along the Town Center Trail that will connect to the Music City Star commuter station. For more information about Parks and Activities visit: MJ Parks and Recreation

Rural Hill
Saundersville Ferry Rd/Saunderville Rd
City Center
Silver Springs / Beckwith
Lebanon Rd / Matterhorn Dr
N Mount Juliet Rd / Lebanon Rd
Belinda City
Green Hill

Mount Juliet is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Mount Juliet really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Mount Juliet perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.