Chad’s Run

Chad Hunter was involved in an automobile accident on February 14, 2004.
His brain injury has left him requiring 24 hour a day care. This care is provided by his mom.
The mission of the Chad Hunter Trust is to provide financial support for Chad’s continued care. The proceeds from Chad’s Run will be placed in this trust for his needs as they arise.
Chad’s Run will be awarding scholarships to a senior at Gordonsville High School and Smith County High School. The scholarships will be given to deserving students who wish to pursue a career in the medical field. This annual event takes place the first Saturday in November.

Smith County Hometown Christmas

scchristmas Smith County Hometown Christmas will be on the square the last Sunday of November.  Horse drawn carriage rides, Gingerbread house contest, music performances, live nativity scenes, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa Booth, hot chocolate, and lighting of the courthouse tree. Christmas Open House is from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  The day’s events will begin at 1:00 pm and end at 7:00 pm.  The Christmas parade begins at 5:00 pm.  Join us for this free community event.

Jamie Evitts Memorial Scholarship Benefit

Jamie_Evitts_10-11-13 Jamie Evitts Scholarship Benefit is an annual event.  This marks the 12th year.  It will be October 25, 2014 at  the Smith County Ag Center. The event offers a silent auction, door prizes, chili cook-off contest, corn hole & horseshoe tournaments, cow patty bingo, music, food, and many other forms of entertainment. Visit them on Facebook. For more information, call 615-735-2900 or 615-735-0404.


William Walton Harvest Festival

Video of William Walton Days from September 28, 2013

William Walton Days

Saturday, September 26, 2015


9 am to  5 pm

Journey back in time with us, learn the history of Smith County and the founder of Carthage, Captain William Walton from the American Revolutionary War and enjoy this Pioneer Celebration. The Historic Courthouse will be transformed into a Colonial Craftmen’s Fair with blacksmiths, cotton weavers, soap makers, basket weavers, quilters and other period craftsmen demonstrating their heritage. Historic Courthouse and Heritage Museum will be open to the public and food vendors will be available.


History of William Walton

William Walton was the first settler in the frontier area which later became Carthage, Tennessee in


Mr. B.J. Reich portraying William Walton in 2012 at the Walton gravesite in Carthage, TN

1783. Mr. Walton was given the Carthage, Tennessee land area for his loyal service in the American Army during the Revolutionary War for freedom against the British Empire from 1776 to 1781. Many historians believe that Mr. Walton built a log cabin on the northeast bank of the Cumberland River in the future Carthage land area during 1783 very near his grave site of 1816. In 1804, Mr. Walton decided to donate for the small amount of $1.00 fifty (50) acres of land to the Town of Carthage, Tennessee in order for a community to develop and create a future city government for the public welfare. 1n 1813, Mr. Walton donated more than two (2) acres of his land inside the Carthage area to the Geneva Academy, which was a Tennessee State government public education institute which supplied teachers if the local community raised a portion of the money and provided a land area for a school as well as a school building. Later in 1814 he built the first Carthage public school in the area where the 1997 Citizens Bank of Carthage now stands. Geneva Academy of Carthage  lasted  from 1814 to 1907 when Carthage Mayor L.A. Ligon and the Carthage  City Council of John Shaw, T.J. Fisher, F.B. McGinness, W.V. Lee, Frank Swope and W.E. Myers took it over until the Smith County School System was formed in 1914.

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Lancaster Fire Hall Jam

Music, Games, Cake Walk, Auction, and Food

Annual Event each August on the Village Green in the town of Lancaster located 5 miles from Center Hill Dam on State Highway 141.  Food, Music, Auction, Cake Walk, Games for Kids and more.  See the Historic Lancaster Post Office just off the Village Green or schedule a meal at Mrs. Jennie Bell’s Tea Parlor.

Lancaster Independence Day Parade

Lancaster Independence Day Parade

Lancaster Independence Day Parade

Come and join us as we celebrate the blessings our Founding Fathers bequeathed to us through their Divinely guided writings known as The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, and The Bill of Rights (first ten amendments). Our Fourth of July parade event is intended to promote fellowship, celebrate our liberties, and enjoy old fashioned entertainment.The parade will be held on June 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Bring a flag and walk in the parade with us. Concessions will include hot-dogs, hamburgers, bar-b-que pork butt, apple pies, home-made ice cream Music by the Blue Hollow Band, and the 129th Army National Guard band. Fireworks display after dark.
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The Fair on the River

Award winning Tennessee fair in Smith County

Award winning Tennessee fair in Smith County

Awarded the Division A Merit Award in 2012.  Music, Competitions, Rides, Farm Animals,  Ferris Wheel, Family Fun More Information

The 2014  Fair dates are July 28th thru August 2nd. Make plans to attend this fun- filled week.

Defeated Creek Bluegrass Festival

Clogging, music, crafts, festival in the hills of Smith County Tennessee

Clogging, music, crafts, festival in the hills of Smith County Tennessee


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The Defeated Creek Bluegrass Festival is an annual event. The festival is the second weekend in June. There is live bluegrass music, clogging, local crafts, food and more. Make plans to attend this popular event.

Jordan Hackett 5K

Jordan Hackett Foundation 5K

Jordan Hackett Foundation 5K

The Jordan Hackett Foundation holds an annual 5K run/walk each spring. The money raised is contributed to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and the Nashville Ronald McDonald House annually. Scholarships are given to a graduating senior at Smith County High School and Gordonsville High School. More Information

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