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.