When Hickman County was first formed out of Dickson County, it was much larger than it is today. Settlements were already established along the Duck River and Piney River. Much of the area south of the Duck River was hostile territory, but settlers set up villages. Many of those villages in what remains of Hickman County are still locally known. A few even retain their small, quaint post offices. Others, especially early mining towns, are gone with hardly a trace or footnote in history. Even the early roads that followed the stream beds that required fording the streams frequently with horses and early cars are gone with only a few traces. As roads have been built and rebuilt, new communities have established as well. 

Aetna

Located on Hwy 48 in southern portion of county near the Lewis county line.  Spring-fed Piney Creek runs through the area.  Was settled after Indian treaty of 1818.  Iron furnaces of mid to late 1800’s caused boom time for town.  Depression of 1893 idled furnaces, and the furnaces shut down by 1911.

Pioneer Families 

Milam, Murray, Wade, Kimmin, Hick, Morrison, Hinson, Walker, Berrymand, McClaren