Hickman County is located about 50 miles southwest of Nashville, Tennessee--just west of the center of the state. In 2010, the population was 24,690.The county seat is Centerville, a town of approximately 3,500 people. Because a majority of the workforce commute to Nashville, Hickman County is part of th Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Hickman County was established in 1807 and named after Edwin Hickman, an explorer and surveyor who was killed in an Indian attack at Defeated Creek in 1791. In the 19th century, Hickman County produced iron using furnaces fired by the abundant forest timber in furnaces fed a supply of high-quality iron ore. As iron ore faded, the County turned to the mining of rich phosphate deposits which continued into the 1960s. Small farms dominated the landscape producing beef cattle, hogs, and tobacco along with relatively small acreages of corn and soybeans except along the Duck River where farmland was exceptionally rich.
During the prohibition era, Hickman County was well known as "Keg County" because of it's production of high-quality Moonshine enabled by many springs of pure water and small fields of corn.
The music heritage of Hickman County is important with citizens including songwriter Beth Slater Whitson and Grand Ole Opry personalities Minnie Pearl, Paul Warren, Howdy Forrester, Charlie Garner, Del Reeves, and more.