Becomes Parsons Tennessee
About 1845 the Lexington to Perryville stage route
was established with stops at a settlement where
present-day Beacon is located and at Lone Elm
(present-day Chesterfield). This provided much
improved access to the river port at Perryville for
the area west of the Tennessee River. Mail service
from the east was reduced from a month to a week
or ten days. As a result of a legislative act in 1846,
Dr. John Parsons was authorized “to construct a
turnpike road from some suitable point on the
Tennessee River, through Decatur County to the
Henderson County line, in a good direction towards
the town of Lexington, in Henderson County.” In
those early years Dr. Parsons acquired several
large tracts of land in the area and engaged in
farming along with his practice of medicine.
In 1850 he had 2,300 acres, and in 1860 had a total
property evaluation of $285,000. Because Dr.
Parsons owned such a large portion of the large flat
terrain lying in this area, it became known as
When, in 1889, the Tennessee Midland Rairoad was
built through the middle of Parsons flat, Henry
Myracel who had bought a large portion of Dr.
Parsons’s land holdings, partnered with the railroad
company to establish a new town, they named it
Parsons, Tennessee in memory of the Decatur
Learn more about the history of the Parsons and Greater Area when you visit the Parsons and Greater Area Historical Museum located in the Parsons City Municipal Complex, Parsons Centre at 535 Tennessee South Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Admission is $2.00 per person.
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The Parsons Regional Historical Museum is open to the public. Enter the main museum and the Civil War Room through the library. Admission $2.00 per person.
Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm except Wednesday when the library closes at 2 pm.
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