Liberty, Tennessee

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Liberty is a town in DeKalb County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 367 at the 2000 census. Liberty's main street was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 as the Liberty Historic District.[3]



Liberty was settled about 1797 by Adam Dale, an American Revolutionary War veteran from Maryland who built a mill on Smith Fork Creek.[4]

Much of Main Street in Liberty is included in an historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Properties in the historic district include the Liberty High School, built from limestone quarried in the area, and the Salem Baptist Church and cemetery. [5]

The evening of March 23, 1889, Liberty was hit by a tornado that uprooted trees and caused extensive damage to homes. A local church was completely distroyed. According to records, there were no fatalities reported.[6]


Liberty is located at 36°0′18″N 85°58′22″W / 36.005°N 85.97278°W / 36.005; -85.97278 (36.004959, -85.972816)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 367 people, 160 households, and 112 families residing in the town. The population density was 354.5 people per square mile (136.2/km²). There were 181 housing units at an average density of 174.8/sq mi (67.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.28% White, 1.36% African American, 0.54% Asian, 0.54% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

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