Robertson County Area Guide
Snow along Edgar Dillard Road in Robertson County FILE / THE TENNESSEAN
Find your home in an outdoorsman’s dream
Rolling hills, sprawling farmland and lush, green forests for as far as the eye can see — Robertson County is perfect for families who appreciate peace, quiet and a rural atmosphere. In addition to offering abundant open spaces, the county also provides a bounty of affordable housing opportunities and highly marked schools.
Family-friendly opportunities also abound in Robertson County. For example, Springfield’s Historic District, which features quaint antique shops, offers fun for people of all ages. In addition, the area’s popular emu farm is also a big hit with families. The area is also well suited for adventurers and thrill-seekers. From a day kayaking or canoeing the Red River to the more challenging adventure of spelunking in the Bell Witch Cave, there’s a lot to see and do here.
In addition to its cultural and historical attractions, Robertson County is also an agricultural community known for tobacco and fine whiskey. Manufacturing and job opportunities are continually on the rise as new business and industry come to appreciate the area’s laid-back style.
Springfield was established as the seat of county government in 1796, but the city wasn’t founded until two years later, historians say. Springfield is best known for the renovations to the downtown square, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the residential historic district.
Adams, a small agricultural community is known around the world as the home of the legendary Bell Witch. Legend has it that a spirit tormented the John Bell family during the early 1800s, and President Andrew Jackson is said to have encountered the spirit during a trip to Adams.
Coopertown derived its name from a large cooper shop that made the barrels for the nearby Red River Mills Distillery.
The town began as Kilgore Station, an important 18th century rest stop on the road into the Tennessee frontier. By 1812, the town of Cross Plains emerged. One of its best-known structures is Thomas Drugs, which dates to 1915. Thomas Drugs still features the 1900s soda fountain and is known for its old-fashioned milkshakes.
This all-American town is best known for its Fourth of July celebration, which starts on July 3 with the Turning of the Pig. A team of cooks begin early that day and roast the barbecue pork all night. People line up in the early morning hours of July 4 to buy the barbecue by the pound.
Partially located in Sumner County, Millersville is situated just off Interstate 65. A former school is now used as a community center and emergency services training center. The building is also home to the Millersville Bluegrass Jam, offering evenings of bluegrass and folk music on the first and third Fridays of each month.
Located 13 miles northeast of Springfield, Orlinda is this town's third name. Originally called Washington Tract, the town was later renamed Crocker's Crossroads or Crockersville for a landowner. In 1887 the town became Orlinda when the U.S. Post Office rejected Crocker's Crossroads.
Located at the edge of Highland Rim, Ridgetop is more than 800 feet above sea level. Originally known as Nunley and then as Chancy, the town finally took its name from the train stop known as Ridgetop Station. Construction of the 4,700-foot-long L&N Railroad tunnel — hailed at the time as one of the world's longest self-supporting tunnels — began in 1902 and took four years to complete. The tunnel attracted wealthy Nashvillians wanting to escape the summer heat.
White House is a suburban community about 22 miles north of Nashville, lying in Robertson and Sumner counties; U.S. Highway 31W is the dividing line between the two. While it has easy access to all of the amenities of the big city, White House maintains a small-town feel that appeals to new residents.
Want more information?
For more information, check out the Robertson County Fact Book, published by the Robertson County Times. This comprehensive community guide is available at the newspaper office, located at 505 W. Court Square in Springfield. To contact the Robertson County Times, call 384-3567.
2009 county population: 65,400
Growth rate since 2000: 20%
High school graduates (age 25+): 74.8%
Bachelor's degree or more (age 25+): 11.9%
Median housing value: $143,300
Median household income (2009): $51,800
American Indians/Alaskan Natives: 0.3%
Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders: 0%
Two or more races: 0.8%
Springfield (county seat), Adams, Cedar Hill, Coopertown, Cross Plains, Greenbrier, Millersville, Ridgetop, White House
PROPERTY TAX RATES PER $100 OF ASSESSED VALUE
Cedar Hill: $0.26
White House: $1.02
ESTIMATED COMMUTE TIME FROM
DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE (37203):
19 public schools, enrollment about 10,500
Eight private schools
Electrolux Home Products, NorthCrest Medical Center, Unarco, Johnson Electric, International Automotive Components
• White House Library and Museum. 615-672-0239
• School House Cafeteria, Adams. 615-696-1224.
• J. Travis Price Park. 615-382-1655. www.springfield-tn.org/Parks
MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS
• Threshermen's Show, Adams (July)
• Bell Witch Bluegrass Festival, Adams (August)
• Christmas Sampler, Springfield (November)
Cross Plains hosts Trash & Treasures, a city-wide yard sale the weekend prior to July 4. Residents line the streets with yard sales, concession booths, crafts and antiques.
USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS
County mayor: 615-384-2476
Animal control: 615-384-9289
County schools: 615-384-5588
County clerk: 615-384-5895
Election commission: 615-384-5592
Health department: 615-384-0208
Register of deeds: 615-384-3772
Robertson County Chamber of Commerce: 615-384-3800
Adams city hall and fire: 615-696-2593
Coopertown city hall: 615-382-4470
Coopertown police: 615-382-7007
Cross Plains city hall: 615-654-2555
Greenbrier city hall: 615-643-4531
Greenbrier police: 615-643-4467
Greenbrier fire: 615-643-4361
Millersville city hall: 615-859-0880
Millersville police and fire: 615-859-2758
Orlinda city hall: 615-654-3366
Ridgetop city hall: 615-859-0596
Ridgetop police: 615-851-0203
Ridgetop fire: 615-851-4570
Springfield city hall: 615-382-2200
Springfield police: 615-384-8422
Springfield fire: 615-384-4381
White House city hall: 615-672-4350
White House police: 615-672-4903
White House fire: 615-672-5338