Thursday, February 14, 2013

Madisonville, TN

Monroe County Courthouse in Madisonville

Madisonville is a city in Monroe County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 3,939 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Monroe County and the location of Hiwassee College.


It is situated along U.S. Route 411 just east of its junction with State Route 68, near the center of Monroe County. The Unicoi Mountains rise prominently to the southeast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Madisonville has a total area of 5.8 square miles (15 km2), all land.

Madisonville, viewed from the Veteran's Monument along US-411


The City of Madisonville originally began as the town of Tellico, and prior to that a Cherokee village of the same name. The Calhoun Treaty and resulting Hiwassee Purchase of 1819 opened the area for white settlement. Madisonville was founded in the early 1820's as a county seat for Monroe County, which had been formed in 1819. The town was initially known as "Tellico," but its name was changed to "Madisonville" in 1830 in honor of U.S. President James Madison in accordance with a petition from the residents presented by state representative James Madison Greenway. Madisonville was incorporated on May 16, 1850.


The Monroe County Airport is a county-owned, public-use airport located two nautical miles (3.7 km) northwest of the central business district of Madisonville.


Monroe County Schools serve Madisonville: Madisonville Primary School, Madisonville Intermediate School, Madisonville Middle School and Sequoyah High School.

Notable Natives

Isaac Cline - Meteorologist born nearby.

Sue K. Hicks - Scopes Trial attorney and influence for the ballad, "A Boy Named Sue"

Estes Kefauver - U.S. Congressman and Senator who ran for Vice President as Adlai
Stevenson's running mate in 1956.

Tod Sloan - Major League Baseball Outfielder


Official website

"History of Madisonville

Source: Internet

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