Nut Bush

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Haywood County, TN

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Nutbush is 12 miles west of Brownsville on Highway 19 toward Ripley in Lauderdale County. It is an old community, established in the early 1800's by people from Virginia and North Carolina. At this time we have not located a list of the first settlers.

Nut Bush is best known genealogically and historically for the cemetery at Trinity United Methodist Church, organized in 1822. This cemetery is one of the best kept in the county. The Trinity Cemetery Association organized in 1907 and has monthly meetings, observing Decoration Day on the 2nd Sunday in May. Over 50 Civil War Soldiers are buried here including some Union soldiers.

Woodlawn Baptist Chruch was established in 1866 by a young slave, Hardin Smith. The Rev. Hardin Smith along with others began the first school for newly freed slaves in 1867. One later person of note is singer and actress, Tina Turner, nee Annie Mae Bullock. Bluesmen Sleepy John Estes, Hammie Nixon and Yank Rachell of this area were part of Haywood County's rich musical heritage.

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