Hilham, Tennessee

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Unincorporated community
Hilham, Tennessee
Hilham, Tennessee
Hilham is located in Tennessee
Hilham is located in the US
Location within the state of Tennessee
Coordinates: 36°24′51″N 85°26′30″W / 36.41417°N 85.44167°W / 36.41417; -85.44167Coordinates: 36°24′51″N 85°26′30″W / 36.41417°N 85.44167°W / 36.41417; -85.44167
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Overton
Founded 1797
Named for Combination of "hill" and "hamlet"[1]
Elevation 1,093 ft (333 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 38568
Area code(s) 931
GNIS feature ID 1287776

Hilham is an unincorporated community in Overton County, Tennessee. The community is situated around the junction of Tennessee State Route 136 (which runs north-to-south) and Tennessee State Route 85 (which runs east-to-west). Although not a census-designated place, Hilham is part of a Zip Code Tabulation Area (38568) that covers most of rural northwest Overton County and part of northeast Jackson County. As of the 2000 census, the population of this entire area was less than 2000.[2]

Hilham was established in 1797 by Dartmouth graduate Moses Fisk (1759-1840), who believed the site was the geographic center of the United States (at the time, the Mississippi River was still the nation's western boundary). Fisk platted Hilham so that roads radiated out from the center of the community to the north, south, east and west, believing that Hilham would eventually be the ultimate crossroads of the new nation. In 1806, Fisk established one of the first female academies in the southeast at Hilham.[3][4]

The 11,000-acre (45 km2) Standing Stone State Park and Forest is located 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Hilham along TN-136.


  1. ^ Larry Miller, Tennessee Place Names (Indiana University Press, 2001), p. 100.
  2. ^ U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, "Zip Code Tabulation Area 38568 Fact Sheet." Retrieved: 17 July 2008.
  3. ^ Michael Birdwell, "Overton County." The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, 2002. Retrieved: 14 April 2016.
  4. ^ Michael Birdwell, "Moses Fisk: Dreamer or Visionary?" Upper Cumberland Business Journal. Retrieved: 5 November 2008.