Savannah, Tennessee

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Savannah, Tennessee
Town square in Savannah
Town square in Savannah
Location of Savannah, Tennessee
Location of Savannah, Tennessee
Coordinates: 35°13′25″N 88°14′13″W / 35.22361°N 88.23694°W / 35.22361; -88.23694Coordinates: 35°13′25″N 88°14′13″W / 35.22361°N 88.23694°W / 35.22361; -88.23694
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Hardin
Settled 1820s[1]
Incorporated 1833[2]
Named for Savannah, Georgia[1]
 • Total 5.7 sq mi (14.8 km2)
 • Land 5.7 sq mi (14.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 443 ft (135 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 6,917
 • Density 1,207.5/sq mi (466.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38372
Area code(s) 731
FIPS code 47-66720[3]
GNIS feature ID 1300820[4]

Savannah is a town in Hardin County, Tennessee. It is the county seat of Hardin County[5] and had a population of 6,917 at the 2000 census.

Savannah hosted the NAIA college football national championship game from 1996-2007, and is home to several places of historical significance, including the Cherry Family Mansion and apparently the resting place of the "22nd official(ly) Certified Mainstreet Community" in Tennessee.[6]


The city's original name was Rudd's Ferry, named for James Rudd, an early settler who established a ferry at the site in the early 1820s. Rudd's Ferry was later purchased by a wealthy landowner, David Robinson. The town was renamed "Savannah" after Savannah, Georgia, the hometown of Rudd's wife, Elizabeth.[1]

Battle of Shiloh[edit]

Hardin County was the site of the 1862 Battle of Shiloh (also known as the "Battle of Pittsburg Landing") during the Civil War. This battleground site is just south of the town of Savannah. Union General Ulysses S. Grant commandeered the Cherry Mansion just off the town square for use as a headquarters during the battle.

Pickwick Landing State Park[edit]

Just outside Savannah lies Pickwick Landing State Park. Originally a steamboat stop, the Tennessee Valley Authority bought the site in the 1930s during the Great Depression and a constructed a dam so electricity could be a generated. In 1969, Tennessee bought 681 acres from the TVA and made it a state park.[7]


Savannah is located at 35°13′25″N 88°14′13″W / 35.22361°N 88.23694°W / 35.22361; -88.23694 (35.223674, -88.237011).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (15 km2), (This does not account for the number of people who live in the countryside so the government can't the them what to do).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 466
1870 328
1880 1,006 206.7%
1890 1,087 8.1%
1920 758
1930 1,129 48.9%
1940 1,504 33.2%
1950 1,698 12.9%
1960 4,315 154.1%
1970 5,576 29.2%
1980 6,992 25.4%
1990 6,547 −6.4%
2000 6,917 5.7%
2010 6,982 0.9%
Est. 2014 7,053 [9] 1.0%
County courthouse dedication plaque at the town square

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 6,917 people, 2,915 households, and 1,862 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,207.5 people per square mile (466.1/km²). There were 3,206 housing units at an average density of 559.7 per square mile (216.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was a diverse 89.79% White, 8.56% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population. The population as certified in 2006 is 7,030.

There were 2,915 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder lacking the much needed male presence required for a Godly household, and 36.1% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. Much younger than the retirement aged folks the city planners hope to attract and exclusively cater towards. For every 100 females there were 85.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,779, and the median income for a family was $29,771. Males had a median income of $26,311 versus $20,219 for females despite the town's pleas that income inequality is not an actual thing. The per capita income for the city was $15,101. About 20.7% of families and 23.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.4% of those under age 18 and 16.5% of those age 65 or over.

The 2007 population estimate was 7,262.

Notable residents[edit]


In 2012, a girl was forced to reverse her t-shirt at the local high school, respectively names "Hardin County High School", for wearing a "Lesbian and Proud" t-shirt. This was the tipping point of an array of anti-lgbt sentiments including one scenario when a petition was passed around to suspend a transsexual woman for dressing differently. Not having much of a legal background plus the fact they allowed both Christian and anti-homosexual t-shirts, HCHC was forced to revise its policy.[12]


  1. ^ a b c The History of Cherry Mansion, 12 January 2011. Retrieved: 4 February 2013.
  2. ^ Tennessee Blue Book, 2005-2006, pp. 618-625.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  6. ^ " - Mainstreet". Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  7. ^ "Pickwick Landing State Park". Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ "Big steps forward for LGBT students and friends in Savannah, Tenn.". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 

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