Nolensville, Tennessee

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Nolensville, Tennessee
Town of Nolensville
Nolensville Town Hall in November 2013.
Nolensville Town Hall in November 2013.
Official seal of Nolensville, Tennessee
Location of Nolensville in Williamson County, Tennessee.
Location of Nolensville in Williamson County, Tennessee.
Coordinates: 35°57′24″N 86°40′1″W / 35.95667°N 86.66694°W / 35.95667; -86.66694Coordinates: 35°57′24″N 86°40′1″W / 35.95667°N 86.66694°W / 35.95667; -86.66694
CountryUnited States
Named forWilliam Nolen (early settler)
 • Total10.46 sq mi (27.09 km2)
 • Land10.46 sq mi (27.09 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
623 ft (190 m)
 • Total13,829
 • Density1,322.08/sq mi (510.48/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)615
FIPS code47-53460[3]
GNIS feature ID1295807[4]

Nolensville is a town in Williamson County, Tennessee. The population was 13,829 at the 2020 census. It was established in 1797 by William Nolen, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War. Located in Middle Tennessee, it is approximately twenty-two miles southeast of Nashville. The town was re-incorporated in 1996.


Nolensville is located at 35°57′24″N 86°40′1″W / 35.95667°N 86.66694°W / 35.95667; -86.66694 (35.956786, -86.666967).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 9.5 square miles (25 km2), all land.


This area was settled by European Americans after the American Revolutionary War, when pioneers began to move west of the Appalachian Mountains. William Nolen, a war veteran,[6] his wife, Sarah, and their five children were passing through the area in 1797 when their wagon wheel broke.[7] Surveying his surroundings, Nolen noted the rich soil and abundance of natural resources. He decided to settle here and the community was later named for him as Nolensville.[8] William Nolen purchased a portion of a land grant made to Jason Thompson, on which Nolensville later developed. Nolen's historic house was moved to a new location in 2009.[9]

In the early 19th century, a large migration from Rockingham, North Carolina, brought the Adams, Allen, Barnes, Cyrus, Fields, Glenn, Irion, Johnson, Peay, Scales, Taylor, Vernon, Wisener, Williams, and other families to the area. Built along Mill Creek, the town was incorporated in 1839.

Foraging and skirmishing took place here during the Civil War. Gen. John Wharton's Confederate cavalry unit was stationed in town briefly and Gen. Joseph Wheeler's command captured a Union supply train here on December 30, 1862. A small group of soldiers from the 2nd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry successfully defended a Union wagon train against a much larger Confederate cavalry force in February 1863, with several of them earning the Medal of Honor for their actions.[10]

From the post-Reconstruction period into the early 20th century, whites lynched a total of five African Americans in Williamson County. They did not allow the legal system to prosecute these men, but conducted extrajudicial murder.[11] Among the victims was 15-year-old Samuel Smith, an African American who was lynched in Nolensville in December 1924. He was arrested there for shooting and wounding Ike Eastwood at his house, after Eastwood shot Smith's uncle; the grocer also shot and wounded Smith.[12] Smith was taken for treatment to a hospital in Nashville. A group of masked men took him from the hospital and, with a larger mob, back 22 miles to Nolensville. There the mob hanged the youth near Eastwood's house and shot him multiple times. Although the Nashville Chamber of Commerce offered a $5000 reward in the case,[13] no one was convicted of Smith's murder.[14] On June 5, 2017, a plaque was installed in his memory at St. Anselm Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee; it memorialized two other local lynching victims as well.[14]

Post-World War II to present[edit]

On both sides of Nolensville Road, from north of Oldham Drive to the south as far as York/Williams Road, are many structures from the 19th century that are still in use as homes and/or stores. The Home Place Bed & Breakfast was built in 1820 as a private residence. Within the described area above is a historic section, which in the 19th century was the center of Nolensville. Of note is the Waller Funeral Home, built in 1876; the Nolensville Mill Company, which operated from 1890 to 1986 (today it houses a store featuring Amish goods); and the Nolensville Co-Op Creamery, which operated from 1921 to 1957. Now serving as an antique store, the Creamery had produced butter known for its excellence throughout the area. The house north of the cemetery today serves as a veterinary clinic.[15]

Nolensville voted by referendum to re-incorporate in August 1996.[1] In October 1996 the first election was held, electing the first three-member Nolensville Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The first Mayor of Nolensville was Charles F. Knapper, elected along with Aldermen Thomas "Tommy" Dugger, III, and Parman Henry. The town for the first time hired a Town Attorney, Robert J. Notestine, III.

Since 1996, Nolensville has had sustained growth. New home developments have been built around the town, including Bent Creek, Winterset Woods, Burkitt Place, Silver Stream, Ballenger Farms, Sunset Farms, Summerlyn and more. Nolensville has had 290 residential building permits since the 2010 census; it boasts of having the lowest property tax rates in Williamson County.[16] Other signs of growth are the new multi-million-dollar town hall, proposals for multi-use developments, and a high level of investment in commercial real estate.[17][18]

To accommodate the many new students brought by families settling in the area, the Williamson County School Board purchased 95 acres (38 ha) on the south side of Nolensville for the construction of new elementary, middle and high schools. These opened in the fall of 2016.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Note: For Census-designated place in 1990

As of the census[21] of 2010, there were 5,861 people, 1,831 households. The racial makeup of the town was 85.5% White, 5.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 6.3% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.

77.1% of households were married couples living together, and 9.6% were non-families. 8.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 3.25 and the average family size was 3.45.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 41.9% under the age of 18, 1.8% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.5 males.[22]

The median income for a household in the town was $102,982, and the median income for a family was $105,589. Males had a median income of $71,114 versus $36,190 for females. The per capita income for the town was $33,705. About 4.5% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.[23]

Education and schools[edit]

Nolensville Elementary School

Nolensville area schools:

  • Nolensville Elementary School
  • Mill Creek Elementary School
  • Sunset Elementary School
  • Sunset Middle School
  • Mill Creek Middle School
  • Nolensville High School


Nolensville has two public parks, an indoor recreation center, an outdoor pool/splash pad, and an extensive trail system.[24][25] These facilities host a variety of different organized activities, including youth sports leagues, fitness classes, and town holiday celebrations.

Little League World Series[edit]

A little league team from Nolensville participated in the 2021 Little League World Series, becoming the ninth team to qualify in Tennessee history.


Nolensville changed its Charter from Mayor-Aldermatic to Manager-Commissioner in the Fall of 2020. Legislative power is vested in the Board of Commissioners, while day-to-day executive functions are handled by the Town Manager.[26] The current Town Manager is Victor Lay.[27]

Nolensville Board of Commissioners
Derek Adams, Mayor
Wendy Cook-Mucci, Vice Mayor
Halie Gallik
Lisa Garramone
Joel Miller


  1. ^ a b Nolensville historical marker, image on Historical Markers Database website, accessed July 8, 2011
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "William Nolen, Nolensville Founder". The Tennessean. October 23, 1999. p. 54. Retrieved May 2, 2018 – via
  7. ^ Kline, Mitchell (August 9, 2009). "Nolensville Mayor and Board of Aldermen: Snyder selected to fill empty seat on board". The Tennessean. p. W3 – via
  8. ^ History, Town of Nolensville website, accessed July 8, 2011
  9. ^ Kline, Mitchell (December 10, 2009). "Historic House Gets New Home". The Tennessean. W1. Retrieved May 2, 2018 – via maint: location (link)
  10. ^ Home of the Brave
  11. ^ Lynching in America/ Supplement: Lynchings by County Archived 2018-06-27 at the Wayback Machine, Equal Justice Initiative, 2015, p. 6
  12. ^ "Mob Lynches Negro Boy Who Shot Grocer. Body of Masked Men Take Him From Hospital. Samuel Smith, 15, Left Hanging Near Home of Ike Eastwood, Whom He Wounded Friday Night". Nashville Tennessean. December 16, 1924. pp. 1, 5. Retrieved May 2, 2018 – via
  13. ^ "$5,000 Reward for Arrest of Mob Offered. Civic Clubs Denounce Lynching of Samuel Smith, Negro Who Shot Grocer. To Uphold Law. Ike Eastwood In Hospital Learns First of Lynching From Reporter". The Tennessean. December 17, 1924. pp. 1, 5 – via
  14. ^ a b Deane, Natasha (June 5, 2017). "Memorial Marker for Lynching Victims". St Anselm Episcopal Church. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  15. ^ About Nolensville, Town of Nolensville website, accessed July 8, 2011
  16. ^ "Tiny Nolensville Thinks Big", The City Paper (Nashville)
  17. ^ Osan, Adelina. "Mixed-Use Development Lands in Tennessee". Multi-Housing News. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  18. ^ Lewis, Bill (August 31, 2018). "'Surban' developments combine best of suburbs, city living". The Tennessean. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  19. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  20. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 11, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  21. ^ "Quick Facts". Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  22. ^ "Nolensville, TN Population and Races -™". Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  23. ^ "Nolensville, TN Income and Careers -™". Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  24. ^ "Facilities & Parks - Williamson County Parks and Recreation". Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  25. ^ "Nolensville, TN - Trails". Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  26. ^ "NOLENSVILLE, TN".
  27. ^ "NOLENSVILLE, TN". Retrieved January 14, 2021.

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