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Jamestown is the county seat of predominantly rural Fentress County. From this agricultural landscape emerged two notable figures. John Clemens, father of Samuel Clemens (better known as Mark Twain), arrived in Jamestown with his family in 1827 and served as the county's first circuit court clerk and also as attorney general. During his tenure he drew plans for the first courthouse and jail and established the town's first post office.
The region's most famous native son was Sgt. Alvin C. York, the World War I hero awarded the Medal of Honor and described by Gen. John J. Pershing as “the greatest soldier of the war.” Trapped by the Germans in a forest in Argonne, France, York single-handedly fought a battalion of machine gunners until they surrendered. He later marched the 132 prisoners to the American line.
York and members of his family are buried in the Wolf River Cemetery, 10 miles north on US 127. The gristmill York operated in Pall Mall, 4 miles north of the cemetery on US 127, is located on the grounds of Sgt. Alvin C. York State Park. The Alvin C. York Homeplace also is on the grounds and is open for tours. The General Store, which operated after World War I, now functions as a visitor center, is open daily 8-4:30 and is the starting point for tours of the mill, cemetery and home; phone (931) 879-6456.
A 60-foot waterfall, hemlock trees, pink and white rhododendron and mountain laurel, high cliffs and rock houses once inhabited by cliff-dwelling Native Americans characterize Colditz Cove State Natural Area, about 1.5 miles off SR 52 via Northrup Falls Road near Allardt. Horse trails are plentiful.
Jamestown serves as headquarters for what is known as the World's Longest Yard Sale, a 4-day event in early August that draws thousands of buyers and sellers along US 127 from Addison, Mich., to Gadsden, Ala.
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Fentress County Chamber of Commerce 114 Central Ave. W. JAMESTOWN, TN 38556. Phone:(931)879-9948
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