McMinnville, Tennessee

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McMinnville, Tennessee
Courthouse Square
Courthouse Square
Location of McMinnville in Warren County, Tennessee.
Location of McMinnville in Warren County, Tennessee.
Coordinates: 35°41′12″N 85°46′46″W / 35.68667°N 85.77944°W / 35.68667; -85.77944Coordinates: 35°41′12″N 85°46′46″W / 35.68667°N 85.77944°W / 35.68667; -85.77944
CountryUnited States
FoundedAugust 4, 1810
Named forJoseph McMinn
 • TypeMayor and Board of Aldermen
 • MayorBen Newman
 • Total11.06 sq mi (28.65 km2)
 • Land11.06 sq mi (28.65 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
968 ft (295 m)
 • Total13,605
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,244.82/sq mi (480.62/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
37110, 37111
Area code(s)931
FIPS code47-45100[4]
GNIS feature ID1652432[5]

McMinnville is the largest city in and the county seat of Warren County, Tennessee, United States.[6] The population was 13,605 at the 2010 census. It was named for Governor Joseph McMinn.


McMinnville is located at 35°41′12″N 85°46′46″W / 35.68667°N 85.77944°W / 35.68667; -85.77944 (35.686708, -85.779309),[7] approximately 35 miles (56 km) south of Cookeville and 70 miles (110 km) northwest of Chattanooga.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.0 square miles (26 km2), all land. McMinnville lies at an elevation of 968 feet (295 m), as it sits along the Eastern Highland Rim near the base of the Cumberland Plateau. The city is drained primarily by the Barren Fork, a tributary of the Collins River.

Nearby cities and towns[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)13,769[3]1.2%

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 12,749 people, 5,419 households and 3,332 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,273.4 per square mile (491.7/km2). There were 5,961 housing units at an average density of 595.4 per square mile (229.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.42% White, 4.15% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 5.00% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.81% of the population.

There were 5,419 households, of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.5% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,810, and the median income for a family was $32,759. Males had a median income of $28,474 versus $20,693 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,074. About 21.0% of families and 24.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.5% of those under age 18 and 19.1% of those age 65 or over.


The McMinnville area includes over 50 business and manufacturing plants and over 450 nurseries. The nursery business generates over $300 million in revenue and has given the area the title of "Nursery Capital of the World".[10] The city's industrial needs are served by the Caney Fork and Western Railroad.

McMinnville, like many smaller American cities and towns, has gone through a revitalization of its downtown area. "Main Street McMinnville" serves as the city's non-profit revitalization organization funded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Tennessee's own Main Street Program.[11]


First Baptist Church Of McMinnville, Westwood Church of Christ, First Presbyterian Church Of McMinnville, Central Church of Christ, Pioneer Community Church, Bybee Branch Church of Christ, First United Methodist Church Of McMinnville, First Assembly of God Of McMinnville, Madison Street Baptist Church, Living Word Fellowship Church, St Matthews Episcopal Church, East End Church of Christ, Christ United Methodist Church, Turning Point United Pentecostal Church, East End Drive Church of Christ, Christ Community Church, Clark United Methodist Church, Christ United Methodist Church, Calvary Baptist Church, New Hope Full Gospel, Grace Ministries Of McMinnville, Locust Street Church of God, Church of God of Prophecy Of McMinnville, Tree City Church, Forest Park Baptist Church.


Public Elementary schools[edit]

  • Hickory Creek Elementary School
  • West Elementary School
  • Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary

Public Middle Schools[edit]

  • Warren County Middle School

Public High School[edit]

  • Warren County High School

Private Primary and Secondary Schools[edit]

  • F C Boyd Sr Christian School

Community College[edit]

  • Motlow State Community College McMinnville Campus


McMinnville has one daily newspaper, the Southern Standard. The city also has radio stations WBMC AM, Star 107, and WCPI FM



Six different state routes pass in or around McMinnville. The city is also served by the Warren County Memorial Airport.


Electricity for the city is handled by McMinnville Electric System and the Caney Fork Electric Cooperative. The Warren County Utility District handles water needs with support from the city, who also handles sewage. The Middle Tennessee Gas Utility District manages gas distribution and landline telephone services are maintained by Ben Lomand Telephone and Frontier Communications.[12]

Arts and culture[edit]

Annual cultural events[edit]

The Grand Reopening of the New Park Theater was May, 16th 2015. Located on West Main Street, this 2 million dollar facility was restored to its original beauty and is now the home of concerts, plays, and movies. Multiple shows go on every year. Dream Reality Group performs there, Warren Arts, in contrast, does not.

The city hosts a number of annual and frequent events. The non-profit downtown revitalization organization Main Street McMinnville hosts "Main Street LIVE!", a summer concert series that is held in June and July.[13] In Autumn, the Chamber of Commerce hosts the Autumn Street Fair on one day in October. It features crafts, food, live music, and other activities in downtown McMinnville.[14] Throughout spring, summer and winter the city hosts the Warren County Farmers Market.[15]

The city also has a annual County A+L Fair. The event has regular rides and food booths, but also has local activities and food. Plenty of companies and non-profits set up food stands to advertise and raise money/awareness. In addition, there is a large seating area/stadium where there is a beauty pageant and music.

Museums and other points of interest[edit]

The Black House

Falcon Rest, built in 1896, once served as the home of entrepreneur Clay Faulkner and his family. A large 10,000 square feet (900 m2), at the time of its completion it featured electric lights, indoor plumbing and central heat. PBS described the home as "Tennessee's Biltmore" due to its innovations and grandeur. In the 1940s the home was made into a hospital and nursing home and was eventually renamed Faulkner Springs Hospital. In 1989 George McGlothin bought the house and renovated it to its former 1896 appearance.[16] In 1992 the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.[17] The renovations earned the house the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Great American Home Award in 1997. The house is open to the public for tours, shopping, dining and special events. It also claims to be the home to a "friendly ghost".[16] The Black House is the oldest remaining residence in the city. Built in 1825 by Jesse Coffee, it was one of the first in the area to have a brick exterior. Its current name stems from former occupant Dr. Thomas Black and his family. Dr. Black was a Confederate surgeon during the Civil War and purchased the home following the war.[18] Dr. Black practiced medicine at the house. In the 1980s it was deeded to his relative, Jean Leonard, who worked with the Eagle Club to begin restoration on the house. The house serves as a museum and provides tours to the public.[19] In 1983 the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[20]

The Confederate Monument in downtown McMinnville next to the county courthouse [1] was dedicated to the memory of the citizens and men of Warren County and McMinnville who served in the 16th TN Infantry during the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865. It list the names of the men who served in honor of their bravery and sacrifice.

The Park Theatre, in downtown McMinnville, was opened in 1939. The theater had 1000 seats and two restaurants. In 1947 a fire closed the theater and in 1948 it was reopened again after renovations. The theater closed in 1986 and the building has since been purchased by a private group. It has gone through renovations and re-opened as an entertainment center and multi-use facility.[21] The former McMinnville Opera House, built in 1888 by African American entrepreneur William Hawchins, burnt down in 2008. The opera house held the city's first silent film showing.[citation needed]

Parks & Rec[edit]

McMinnville serves as home to Cumberland Caverns and Court Square Park. Cumberland Caverns is the largest show cave in the state. At a total of 32 miles of caverns, Cumberland Caverns formerly held the title of the second largest cave in the United States. A notable feature of the caverns is the "Volcano Room", which is large enough to hold 500 people and features a chandelier from the former Loews Metropolitan Theater of New York City.[22] The McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department manages five city parks, the McMinnville Farmers Market, the Barren Forks Greenway, a playground, and local sports leagues. The parks department also manages the McMinnville Civic Center, which serves as a community center for sports and special events.[23]


The city also hosts the McMinnville City Triathlon in August. The event features a 200-meter swim, 11.5 mile bike ride and a 2-mile run.[24]

Sister city relations[edit]

Notable people[edit]

McMinnville has served as the birthplace or residence of a number of notable figures.


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