LINDEN, TN – Sept. 13, 2019 – Perry County will mark its 200th birthday Sept. 20-21 in downtown Linden, the county seat.
The event kicks-off at noon on Friday and includes a street festival with more than 100 vendors, an old-fashioned fiddlers contest, a county fair, tours of the county’s historical landmarks, special musical guests throughout the two-day event, and much more. The event is free, and open to the public.
Guests can browse and collect special commemorative items to mark the bicentennial, including lapel pins, t-shirts, keychains and coins featuring the special logo designed to mark the 200th.
Perry County was named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, naval officer and hero of the War of 1812. The county was created by an act of the Tennessee General Assembly on Nov. 14, 1819.
Among the many fascinating stories capturing Perry County’s history is the story of Tennessee son David Crockett who came through the area, took a half-gallon of whiskey, and left an IOU for $3.50. A copy of the IOU is in the city archives. Legend also has it even Elvis stopped in Linden to have his car fixed and got a shave and a haircut with the local barber.
For more information, visit www.theperrychamber.com/200thbirthdaycelebration.
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