Perry County will mark its 200th birthday Sept. 20-21 in Linden, the county seat.

The Bicentennial Committee, made up of local historians and county and city leaders, has two days of festivities planned to celebrate the historic birthday.

“2019 is an important year for Perry County as we celebrate our Bicentennial,” County Mayor John Carroll said. “We will commemorate many of the great milestones the county has experienced in our two hundred years and will also look to the future. We hope all of our friends and neighbors will join us for this special event in Linden.”

The event kicks off at noon Sept. 20 and includes a street festival with more than 100 vendors, an old-fashioned fiddlers contest, a county fair, tours of the county’s historical landmarks, special musical guests throughout the two-day event, and much more.

“It is great that we can honor our county history, and at the same time celebrate some of our local culture and beauty,” said Linden Mayor Wess Ward

Perry County was named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, naval officer and hero of the War of 1812. The county was created by an act of the Tennessee General Assembly on Nov. 14, 1819.

Among the many stories capturing Perry County’s history is the tale of Tennessee’s native son and legend Davy Crockett, who came through the area, took a half-gallon of whiskey, and left an IOU for $3.50. A copy of the IOU is in the city archives.

Legend also has it that Elvis Presley, on his way from Memphis to Nashville, stopped in Linden to have his car fixed and got a shave and a haircut with the local barber.

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