Connecting the Past, Inspiring the Future

To preserve, promote, and foster the history of Jefferson County, Tennessee.



At the January 14, 1957, Jefferson County Court Meeting, a resolution was passed appointing Rev. Reuel B. Pritchett the chairman of the committee to establish a museum in the courthouse. Mr. Pritchett generously donated his extensive collection of area artifacts and called upon the county residents to also contribute. Over the years, the museum has expanded in size and quantity. It features a visual presentation of the history of the county from 1792 to present.

Located in the historic 1845 courthouse in Dandridge, the Jefferson County Courthouse Historical Museum offers a unique glimpse into the region’s past. Permanent displays capture the daily lives of the people who have called Jefferson County home. Exhibit cases contain the 1806 marriage bond of Davy Crockett and Polly Finley, a replica of Davy Crockett’s long rifle, military artifacts dating from the Civil War era through the Gulf War, Native American tools and weapons, photographs, textiles, fashions, and a variety of small vintage eclectic relics.

In addition, the courthouse museum proudly honors the military servicemen and women of the country. An extensive listing of deceased veterans, The Roll of Honor, is featured in a large display case in the courthouse foyer.

The museum reflects the compassion of the local Jefferson County residents who have continued to donate items to the museum since its opening in 1957. 

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