The Chickasaw Indians were the first to claim future Benton County for themselves. They used the land as a hunting range. After the Jackson Purchase, settlers from Virginia, the Carolinas and other eastern states promptly arrived. Benton County was officially formed from the western section of Humphreys County in 1835, and was named after Thomas Hart Benton, a senator who championed westward expansion.
Camden was established in 1836 and was named after Camden, South Carolina. During the Civil War, the loyalty in Camden and much of Benton County laid primarily with the Confederacy, although a Unionist element was also present. In November of 1864, Confederate troops under the command of General Nathan Bedford Forrest destroyed the Union supply depot at Johnsonville. It was because of this event that, in the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps expanded upon a local historic park at Pilot Knob to create the Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park.
Local temperatures range from an average high of 88 degrees in late July/early August to an average low of 24 degrees in January. Average monthly rainfall is 4.6 inches. Annual snowfall averages 9.9 inches.
6 public schools and 2 private schools offer education to local students. Higher education is provided by numerous institutions within 60 miles of town. These include Murray State University, the University of Tennessee - Martin, Union University, Jackson State Community College and Austin Peay State University.
Camden General Hospital serves the area's health care needs.
200,000-acre Kentucky Lake is a recreational paradise with great boating, tubing and canoeing as well as awesome fishing for crappie, bluegill, catfish and lots of bass.
The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge offers unparalleled wildlife viewing year-round and great seasonal hunting. Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park is another haven for many animals. It also contains 3 campgrounds and a Civil War memorial at the site where General Forrest led an attack on a fleet of Union gunboats.
Golf aficionados will be want to visit the Magic Valley Golf Course, the Tennessean Golf Club and, most notably, the Paris Landing State Park Golf Course, an award-winning public course open year-round.
There's even more to explore in Camden and Benton County. Contact us today for more information on our area and the properties we have available. We'll help you discover the home you never knew you always wanted.