The history of Hickman County began before Tennessee achieved statehood in 1796.  Hickman County is now the eighth largest county in the state and contains 612 square miles.

John Noel Natural Area

John Noel Natural Area at Bon Aqua is a 35-acre area located in Hickman County. It supports a small remnant forest that has old growth forest characteristics.

Historical Society

Located on the main floor of the Old Courthouse on the Town Square in Centerville.  There one will find historical books for sale as well as additional books and information for in-office genealogy research.

Minnie Pearl Center

A small museum in the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce is open to the public giving tribute to Hickman County’s Minnie Pearl, Del Reeves, Beth Slater Whitson, and other local entertainers.  Visitor information is also available.


Nacome Conference Center

For over a hundred years it was known as the Beaverdam Springs Resort and was a favorite vacation site for President James K. Polk.  Purchased in 1939 by the Presbyterian Synod of Tennessee, NaCoMe is today the largest Christian conference center in the midsouth.

Tarkington Store

R.D. and Edith Tarkington opened Tarkington General Store in 1927 and started a family tradition that lives today.  Now the store is co-owned by their son, C.W. Tarkington, his wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter, Pam Allen.  People near and far return to yesteryear at this one-of-a-kind old country store.  Located at 6688 Hassell’s Creek Rd., Lyles. It is occasionaly open for musical events.