Lawrence County Historical Society
Located on Waterloo St.
Lawrenceburg, TN 38468
(Two blocks West of the Square, across from the Fire Department)

Contact Information:

Curtis Peters                                                                     Doyce Shaddix
512 Douglas Dr.                                                               1290 McCarter Rd.
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464                                                 Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
Phone: 931-212-1944                                                       Phone: 931-242-1513


The Old Jail Museum was built in 1893.

Museum Hours: April to September 10:00 to 2:00 Monday-Friday

Saturday by Appointment, Sunday CLOSED

September through March by Appointment ONLY




The society has many old pictures of Lawrence County on Facebook. Be sure to check them out and like us.

The Lawrence County Historical Society meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., except in November the meeting is the third Thursday. There is not a meeting in December. All Programs are at the Southern Tennessee Higher Education Center located on 169 Southern Tennessee Lane just south of Lawrenceburg unless otherwise listed. A variety of programs are presented by various individuals on subjects ranging from the history of Lawrence County in general, the history of old buildings, family histories and much more.

The museum contains many new and interesting exhibits: David Crockett items; lots of local history; General Hugh Harris Collection; military uniforms and items related to the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I and II; Lawrenceburg CCC & POW Camp pictures, history & items discovered at the site; primitive agricultural tools; Vaughan Music memorabilia; many old photographs; historical documents, & much more!  Recent additions to their collection are a Japanese flag, Nazi flag, North Vietnamese flag, and a colonel's uniform in the Hussein's Army. (More great finds, information and donated articles are being added each week.)  If you have an item you would like to donate, please contact Curtis Peters at the phone & email above.

Officers:                                                                         Directors:                                                                      
President - Curtis Peters                                                Terry Honaker                                                                                        
Vice President - Ricky Fleeman                                    Butch Morrow
Secretary - Doyce Shaddix                                            Brock Peters                                               
Treasurer - Jeannette Yates                                           Bud Townsend


February 22, 2024    Mexican War officers who became famous during the Civil War, presented by Dr. Timothy Johnson, History Professor, Lipscomb University.   
March 28, 2024        Lawrence County Railroad History, presented by Curtis Peters.
April 25, 2024           
May 23, 2024           Terra Dickey, Lawrence County Register of Deeds. 

Main Objective:  The organizations main objective is to preserve the county's history, while educating people on the importance of keeping history alive and passing the knowledge from one generation to the next.

Funding: The upkeep and utilities for the old jail museum has been funded mainly by membership dues and donations. Recently, the county has started providing a small amount of funding each year and the City of Lawrenceburg pays utilities and keeps the grounds. If you feel the preservation of this historic building and the items housed in it are important to future generations, please give a donation, no matter how small, to the historical society. Your donation can be sent to the Lawrence County Historical Society, c/o Jeannette Yates, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464.

With a membership in the Lawrence County Historical Society, which is $20.00 per year, you will receive four issues of the society's newsletter filled with information and pictures about the history of various aspects of Lawrence County. To become a member, please send your name and address along with your check to the Lawrence County Historical Society at the address above.

Updated February 17, 2024 by Kathy Niedergeses

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