Surgoinsville, Tennessee

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Surgoinsville, Tennessee
Location of Surgoinsville, Tennessee
Location of Surgoinsville, Tennessee
Coordinates: 36°28′27″N 82°51′15″W / 36.47417°N 82.85417°W / 36.47417; -82.85417Coordinates: 36°28′27″N 82°51′15″W / 36.47417°N 82.85417°W / 36.47417; -82.85417
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Hawkins
 • Mayor Johnny Greer
 • Total 4.1 sq mi (10.6 km2)
 • Land 4.0 sq mi (10.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 1,122 ft (342 m)
Population (2011)Estimate
 • Total 1,796
 • Density 367.2/sq mi (141.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 37857 and 37873
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-72380[1]
GNIS feature ID 1303949[2]

Surgoinsville is a town in Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,484 at the 2000 census. The 2010 census showed a population of 1,801. It is part of the KingsportBristol (TN)Bristol (VA) Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City–Kingsport–Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region. The community served as a location for some scenes from the film The River.[citation needed]


It served as a trading stop for stagecoaches and boats, the latter of which traveled down Holston River. Surgoinsville was incorporated in 1815. It was named after James Surgoins, a French Huguenot.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, Surgoinsville has a total area of 4.1 square miles (11 km2), of which 4.0 square miles (10 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.98%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 914
1970 1,285 40.6%
1980 1,536 19.5%
1990 1,499 −2.4%
2000 1,484 −1.0%
2010 1,801 21.4%
Est. 2012 1,790 −0.6%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,484 people, 614 households, and 453 families residing in the town. The population density was 367.2 people per square mile (141.8/km²). There were 674 housing units at an average density of 166.8 per square mile (64.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.18% White, 0.34% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.27% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.55% of the population.

There were 614 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,391, and the median income for a family was $41,055. Males had a median income of $32,969 versus $20,739 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,015. About 5.6% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

Points of interest[edit]

Located just east of Surgoinsville is Fudge Farm, a historical farmhouse dating back to about 1815. The town also has a Lustron house, which is one of the few that are southern in style in existence. The Bellamy Store is a former hardware and general store that was built in the early 20th century. The building now serves as a bluegrass concert venue.[6]


Two schools are located in Surgoinsville:

  • Surgoinsville Elementary School
  • Surgoinsville Middle School

High school students from Surgoinsville attend Volunteer High School in nearby Church Hill.


Although chartered in 1815, as indicated in the Tennessee Blue Book, the town for a time had no local government. Interested citizens in the early decades of the 20th Century restarted the municipality, which is governed by a board of mayor and aldermen.[citation needed]

Notable residents[edit]

Surgoinsville is the birthplace of Billy Greer, bass guitarist for Kansas.


A private water system serves the town and outlying areas, but the city has no public sewer connections or sewage treatment plant.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Larry L. Miller (2001). Tennessee place-names. Indiana University Press. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-253-33984-3. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  5. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Rodney L. Ferrell (7 September 2009). Hawkins County. Arcadia Publishing. p. 93. ISBN 978-0-7385-6780-8. Retrieved 30 January 2012.