Morristown History and Heritage

A Brief History of Morristown

Morristown is the county seat of Hamblen County, located in the northeast corner of Tennessee.  The area was first settled in the late 1700’s by settlers of Scotch-Irish and German descent who moved into the region from Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

The city of Morristown was incorporated in 1855.  At that time the city was part of  Jefferson and Grainger counties.  Hamblen County was formed fifteen years later in 1870 from portions of Jefferson, Grainger and Hawkins counties.

In the middle of the 20th century the community evolved from an agricultural based economy to a manufacturing based economy, producing such a wide range of products as textiles and furniture to automotive parts and high tech plastics.  Morristown/Hamblen County serves as the hub of the Lakeway Area for employment, educational, retail, medical, and entertainment services.