Adams, Tennessee

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Adams is a city in Robertson County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 566 at the 2000 census.



Originally incorporated as Red River in 1869, the town was renamed Adams in 1898 in honor of James Reuben Adams, who first owned much of the land on which the town was built. The town's charter was repealed in 1899. Adams was reincorporated in 1908 and incorporated as a city in 1963.[3][4]

Adams is said to be the site of an infamous haunting, the Bell Witch. The first manifestations of the Bell Witch haunting supposedly occurred in 1817 through 1820 on a farm owned by John Bell.[5] [6] A memorial to the Bell family can be found at Bellwood Cemetery.


Adams is located at 36°34′54″N 87°3′54″W / 36.58167°N 87.065°W / 36.58167; -87.065 (36.581689, -87.065116)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 566 people, 203 households, and 158 families residing in the city. The population density was 231.2 people per square mile (89.2/km²). There were 230 housing units at an average density of 94.0/sq mi (36.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.11% White, 8.48% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.88% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.94% of the population.

There were 203 households out of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.13.

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