Perry County Courthouse
Open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday
County Commission meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month in the Perry County Courthouse at 6 p.m.
The original Perry County Courthouse burned in 1863 during the Civil War, destroying many of the county’s documents during the destruction. A rebuilt courthouse burned in 1928. Much of the county’s business is conducted in its third courthouse, including monthly County Commission meetings and all General Sessions, Circuit and Chancery Courts.
The current Perry County Courthouse is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior, as is the place where the county was organized, the Dickson-Sparks House on Lick Creek.
The following offices are located in the courthouse: County Mayor, Trustee, Assessor of Property, County Court Clerk, Register of Deeds, Circuit Court Clerk, Clerk & Master, General Sessions & Juvenile Judge, Juvenile Probation Officer.
About Perry County, Tennessee
Carved from land once part of Hickman and Humphreys Counties, Perry County was established on Nov. 18, 1819, with the passage of a Public Act by the Tennessee State Legislature. This land sits between the natural barriers of both the Tennessee River to the west and the Buffalo River to the east. The County is home to 7,915 people with most living in the two cities of Linden (pop. 908), which is the county seat, and Lobelville (pop. 897). Perry County stretches across 415 square miles of land and an additional eight square miles of water.
About Perry County’s History
Who was Perry?
Perry County, Tennessee, was named to honor American Naval Commander Oliver Hazard Perry, most noted for his role in the War of 1812 during the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie. Perry has been frequently memorialized, and many places, ships and persons have been named in his honor. Perry County, Tennessee, is one of them.
Perry’s heroism would have been fresh on the minds of legislators tasked with naming the newly formed county when the county was established by an act of the Tennessee General Assembly in 1819 – the year the young hero died of typhoid fever at age 34.
Born in 1785 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, Perry served in the West Indies during the Quasi War of 1798–1800 against France, in the Mediterranean during the Barbary Wars of 1801–1815 and in the Caribbean fighting piracy and the slave trade.
Historical and Genealogical Research
Despite the two Courthouse fires, there remains a rich supply of genealogical records for Perry County. The public is invited to conduct research in the heritage section of the Linden branch of the library. More information about the Perry County Historical Society may be found by clinking HERE. The County Historian is Mrs. Jessie Ruth Tiller.
A detailed listing of what is available online, on microfiche and in original record form is available by clicking HERE.
Those interested in Perry County Genealogy will find a lively group of volunteers carefully documenting cemetery locations and preserving the rich family histories of Perry County’s forefathers and mothers. Visit them online at Perry County Genealogy.
Among the documents available at Genealogy TNGen for Perry county are ancestries, family histories and genealogical research. Other records include birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemetery listings, churches, tax records, newspapers and obituaries.
Read the full text of the county’s history published in 1886 by Goodspeed Publishing Company.