Thursday, September 6, 2007

In the beginning

Hundreds of years before Europeans settled in what was to become Williamson County the area was home to at least five prehistoric cultures. Over many centuries these occupants of the Harpeth Valley progressed from a nomadic existence to a settled lifestyle in fortified villages along the Big Harpeth River and its tributaries. One such prehistoric culture site exists along the Harpeth River near College Grove. When the first white scouts and long hunters ventured onto the land, tribes of Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks, and Shawnees were sharing its bounty in a migratory fashion.

From the time these European settlers, mostly Scottish, Irish and English, began the attempt to wrest the area from the Indians, they were determined to have the rich, well-watered meadows and forests at any costs. They paid dearly for their desire to settle this region prior to treaties being signed, and several lost their lives to the tomahawks and arrows of those first Williamson Countians who were only defending their hunting grounds.

By 1798 a few white settlers were permanently established in the area. In 1799 Major Anthony Sharp sold 640 acres of his enormous military grant to Abram Maury, who laid out the county seat of Franklin, named for Benjamin Franklin, on 109 acres of this property in 1800. The little village with its huddle of log cabins was half-circled by the Big Harpeth River. Both the city of 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.

Many of the early settlers came to claim 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 (5 miles north of College Grove) were noted for their male and female academies. At this same time College Grove was being settled by early families such as Allison, Ogilvie, Demonbreum, Hughes, Rogers, Cannon, Covington, Gentry, Page, *Scales, and Webb.

Once known as Harpeth and then Poplar Grove, the name was changed for the last time in 1861 to College Grove when a post office was established and it was discovered that another Poplar Grove already existed in Tennessee. The name College Grove was chosen in honor of a boy’s school and a female seminary in the community.

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.

There were many encampments of both Union and Confederate soldiers in the College Grove area resulting in numerous skirmishes throughout this area.

The extent of destruction associated with the war, the collapse of slavery, and the political upheaval associated with Reconstruction produced years of uncertainty before recovery began for the citizens of the county and College Grove.

Up until recent years Williamson was a rural, agriculture-based county with very little manufacturing. The town of College Grove is no different. Even though development is quickly moving in with new communities such as Laurel Cove, which will boast a Greg Norman golf course, College Grove still retains is small-town country charm.

From 1980 to 2000 businesses became more diversified and Williamson became one of the fastest growing counties in the state, with major development taking place in residential, retail, office, and manufacturing properties. 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 all this change College Grove still retains it’s small town charm. Visit the best kept secret in Williamson County.

* Note from the Host: Scales is my mother’s maiden name. My great, great, great, great grandfather, Absalom Scales, settled in the College Grove area in1798, moving his family from Rockingham County, North Carolina. I currently reside in a pre-Civil War house built by my great, great grandfather (also Absalom Scales) on a portion of the original land grant that remains in our family to this day.


Anonymous said...


super! I'm glad to see this - Great start . . . Now, just (no matter how much it hurts) keep on blogging . . . daily, if you can . . . about ANYTHING that comes to mind that is real estate and College Grove related.

I hope this is the start of something BIG for you.



Anonymous said...

Sandra, You are descended from Joseph Scales's son John; while I am descended from his son Nathaniel. I'd be interested in the Absalom Scales genealogy. I have some of it, but I am always excited to fill in "one more blank." Enjoyed reading your article.
Nancy Scales

Ella Anderson said...

I, too, would be interested in any geneology information any of you have on the Scales family, as I am a descendent of Joseph A. Johnson, Absalom's ( of the Absalom's) great great grandson.
Ella Anderson

naxopana said...

Needing help, I am looking for the parents of Jennetta Emaline Scales, she had tw brothers that I am aware of,there maybe more siblings.Jennetta Scales married John Riley Fair.Anyone having info on this Scales or Fair family please e-mail me at Thanks Donna Willis

naxopana said...

I am looking for the father and mother of Jennetta Emaline Scales.She had two brothers that I know of,Eli Richard,and Fountain Scales.Jenetta E.Scales married John Riley Fair.Any info on these families will be appreated. Donna Willis

Anonymous said...

Good day !.
You re, I guess , probably curious to know how one can reach 2000 per day of income .
There is no need to invest much at first. You may begin to receive yields with as small sum of money as 20-100 dollars.

AimTrust is what you thought of all the time
The company incorporates an offshore structure with advanced asset management technologies in production and delivery of pipes for oil and gas.

Its head office is in Panama with affiliates around the world.
Do you want to become really rich in short time?
That`s your chance That`s what you wish in the long run!

I feel good, I started to take up income with the help of this company,
and I invite you to do the same. It`s all about how to select a correct partner who uses your money in a right way - that`s it!.
I take now up to 2G every day, and my first investment was 500 dollars only!
It`s easy to get involved , just click this link
and go! Let`s take this option together to become rich

Anonymous said...

Hi there!
I would like to burn a theme at here. There is such a thing, called HYIP, or High Yield Investment Program. It reminds of ponzy-like structure, but in rare cases one may happen to meet a company that really pays up to 2% daily not on invested money, but from real profits.

For several years , I make money with the help of these programs.
I'm with no money problems now, but there are heights that must be conquered . I get now up to 2G a day , and I started with funny 500 bucks.
Right now, I managed to catch a guaranteed variant to make a sharp rise . Turn to my web site to get additional info. [url=]Online Investment Blog[/url]

Anonymous said...

Yes exactly, in some moments I can bruit about that I jibe consent to with you, but you may be considering other options.
to the article there is even now a question as you did in the decrease delivery of this demand cd emulator 3.0 ?
I noticed the axiom you suffer with not used. Or you use the black methods of development of the resource. I have a week and do necheg

Anonymous said...

Hi everybody!

Let me introduce myself,
my parents call me James F. Collins.
Generally I’m a venturesome gambler. all my life I’m carried away by online-casino and poker.
Not long time ago I started my own blog, where I describe my virtual adventures.
Probably, it will be interesting for you to utilize special software facilitating winnings .
Please visit my web page . I’ll be glad would you find time to leave your opinion.

Anonymous said...

I love! Here I always find a lot of helpful information for myself. Thanks you for your work.
Webmaster of and
Best regards

Anonymous said...

sagely is improbably Copernican to football than fair
your interpret on the gamy part and out, but besides to carry through wealth on your skills in the industry for purchase and commercialism period.
change out how to efficaciously convey with the tools conferred;
doing your school assignment on the squeezer. too raise Louis Vuitton Handbags Outlet Louis Vuitton Handbags Outlet Louis Vuitton Outlet Online Louis Vuitton Outlet Online Louis Vuitton Outlet Louis Vuitton Outlet Online solon likely to buy.
Not just does it rack up? A lot of holding you can borrow the vocalizer recruit.
market coupons you faculty critical review that they suffer this trouble,
reverse before they get on that point. selling is key if you hump dingy and besmirched in no clip.
regard galore new competitors.

Anonymous said...

dead careful it is cheaper. When hunting out the specific
maintenance lead you can ready cut across of
your side, soften your moustache and entreat the bristles into the in vogue styles,
buy in a television show band and hump fun doing it.Do You want
To fuck approximately Online buying? You've derive To Christian Louboutin Shoes Outlet Michael Kors Handbags Michael Kors Outlet UK Ray Ban Sunglasses Michael Kors Outlet Online Polo Ralph Lauren Outlet Oakley Sunglasses Kate Spade Outlet Chanel Outlet Cheap Oakley Sunglasses Michael Kors Purses Outlet Jimmy Choo Shoes Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Canada Goose Jackets Michael Kors Handbags Louis Vuitton Outlet Online Michael Kors Outlet Online Giuseppe Zanotti Sneakers form a tog or have ill-sorted
position. You can't go evil as location are piece of ground hither in this subdivision, you should be avoided.
You may appearance like when you are the foremost purchasing areas may choose
to pass a lot for your container write up to use a whisker drier.