There is just something special about Hardin County - maybe it's the way the river bends at Savannah, the historic homes downtown, the battlefield at Shiloh echoing the past, the warm waters of Pickwick Lake, or perhaps it’s the rich lands, or the romantic and historic traditions.
Legend has it, once you put your feet into the waters of the county, you’ll always come back...back to the memorable places and friendly people.
The area is rich in history, full of outdoor recreation and is a tourist destination for approximately two million people each year.
Hardin County is named for Colonel Joseph Hardin, who blazed a trail through southwest Tennessee's thick woodlands in the early 1800s to map 2,000 acres of rich land on the east side of the Tennessee River.
Hardin County is located on the southern border of Tennessee where Mississippi and Alabama meet. The Tennessee River bisects the county from south to north.
Savannah is the county seat, with a population of about 7,600. The population of Hardin County is about 26,000.
Hardin County temperatures allow for perfect year-round activities. Hardin County boasts an average annual temperature of 61.9 (40.7 in January & 81.7 in July) with an average rainfall of 44.85 inches with direction, prevailing winds from the south southwest.
The Tennessee River runs north through Savannah. It is one of only a few rivers in the United States that flows north.
Pickwick was named after Charles Dickens' novel The Pickwick Papers.
Savannah is known as the Catfish Capital of the World because of the large size of the catfish caught in the river. An annual festival, The National Catfish Derby, is held each summer.
Two Trail of Tears routes came through Savannah, one by land and one by water.
Pickwick was one of the first all electric cities.
Some of the most famous men in U.S. history (Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, James Garfield, Lew Wallace, Albert Sidney Johnston) gathered on the banks of the Tennessee River in Hardin County and participated in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, the Battle of Shiloh.
Recording artist and country music singer Darryl Worley, known for such songs as "I Miss My Friend," "When You Need My Love," and "Awful Beautiful Life," is from Hardin County. The videos for "Good Day to Run" and "Tennessee River Run" were filmed in Hardin County. His song "Have You Forgotten" topped the charts in 2003. He holds an annual festival called Darryl Worley's Tennessee River Run with a concert in downtown Savannah. Proceeds benefit the Darryl Worley Foundation.
Gospel music songwriter Geron Davis, known for songs such as "Holy Ground" and "Peace Speaker," was born in Hardin County.
Wayne Jerrolds played fiddle at the Grand Ole Opry and was a Bluegrass Boy with the Bill Monroe Band. He's also the founder of the Savannah Bluegrass Festival, an annual event for more than 35 years.
Alex and Queen Haley are the grandparents of famed Roots and Queen author Alex Haley. The senior Alex operated Rudd's Ferry located just below Cherry Mansion while Queen was a servant in the mansion. They are buried in the Savannah Cemetery.
Buford Pusser was a legendary lawman and American hero of neighboring McNairy County. His life story was made into the popular movie series Walking Tall. His home in Adamsville is now a museum and open to the public.
John Herman "Hank" DeBerry was a professional baseball player who made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1916. He is most known for being catcher for Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Dazzy Vance. He later became a scout for the New York Giants and scouted such greats as Willie Mays.
Chad Harville is a free agent relief pitcher who most recently played in the majors for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Harville bats and throws right-handed. He is known for throwing in the high 90s with an outstanding sinker. He attended Hardin County High School and was named All-Conference in C-USA while playing for the Memphis Tigers.
Ray Blanton was a Hardin County native who served as governor of Tennessee from 1975 to 1979. He is buried in the Shiloh Church Cemetery within Shiloh National Military Park.
Elizabeth Patterson is best known for playing Mrs. Trumbull, Little Ricky's babysitter, in I Love Lucy. Some of her film credits include Dinner at Eight, Intruder in the Dust, No Man of Her Own, Little Women, and Pal Joey. She is buried in the Savannah Cemetery.
Civil War relic appraiser for TV’s WGBH- Antiques Roadshow makes his home in Savannah. He and his wife own ShilohRelics.com one of the world’s largest Civil War marketplaces on the web.