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Despite opinions to the contrary, the history of Old Hickory, Tennessee did not begin with the decision of the E. I. DuPont Company to build a powder plant in this small farming community in 1916. Long before the coming of industrialization to the area, Jones' Bend had attracted early settlers, land speculators, and even a future president of the United States.
James Robertson, one of the founding fathers of Middle Tennessee learned early of the beauty and rich farming land on his exploratory visit to the area later known as Nashville. He quickly acquired rights to land and was the first owner of the land on which the DuPont and Reemay plants now stand. Andrew Jackson chose Jones Bend, now known as Hadley's Bend, as the site of his Hermitage, one of the largest plantations in the state.
This section will relate some of the early history of the area and its settlers and will continue to change so visit often. The red arrows indicate pages which are completed and the blue arrows indicate pages still in development. I have included a guest book where you may leave your comments, suggestions, or information you may want to share about Old Hickory.