About Us

The Decatur County Historical Society is a non-profit group of dedicated volunteers working together to preserve the historic, archaeological, and cultural places and artifacts in our county.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to collect, research, interpret, preserve, maintain and exhibit important historical resources and treasures; facilitate research and provide educational opportunities that engage the public and make history accessible and meaningful.

We do so in belief that a familiarity with history can inspire individuals to learn from the experiences of others, find common ground with them, and aid everyone in making the informed decisions that are needed to shape a stronger society now and in the future.

In pursuit of this vision we will:

  • Indentify and collect significant historical materials related to Decatur County
  • Provide leadership in the responsible preservation of, and public access to, these historical materials
  • Encourage excellence in research, documentation, and interpretation of historical materials
  • Foster an appreciation of the importance of historical materials to enrich public understanding of the past and present
  • Serve diverse audiences through a variety of learning formats
  • Promote pride in both individual and community heritage
  • Provide support to historic preservation initiatives in Decatur County
  • Maintain mutually beneficial relationships and alliances with educational institutions, the business community, government and other community organizations

Our History

The Decatur County Historical Society Inc. was organized in January 1994 by Margarett Smith Alexander, Wanda Townsend Conger, John A. McPeak, Virginia Dixon Raney, Edwin C. Townsend, and Evelyn Cotham White.

A charter was granted to the Decatur County Historical Society, Inc. by the state of Tennessee on February 25, 1994 as a non-profit corporation.

The Decatur County Historical Society, Inc. received a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in July 1994.

One of the first projects of the DCHS was to publish the Decatur County Tennessee History and Families book in 1996.