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Deanburg | Enville | Henderson | Jacks Creek | Milledgeville | Silverton

An unincorporated community in hilly western Chester County, Tennessee, United States, Deanburg is located between Chickasaw State Park and the Madison County line, it lies around 440–560 ft. above sea level. The average annual temperature is about 60°F and the average annual precipitation is about 51 inches. Deanburg was traditionally a farming community, growing row crops such as cotton and soybeans,with a few areas used for pasture and hay land, fallow fields or woodlots. Nearly all arable land in Deanburg has been cultivated for generations. It is home to two Baptist Churches (Bethel and Deanburg) and a community center.

Located in the southeastern part of the county, Enville was once called Wild Goose because of the numbers of wild geese the mill pond attracted. At first the town was just a small settlement of a few log cabins. In the 1870’s three small stores, one containing a post office, opened on the bank of the old mill. A few years later they were moved to higher ground and there they stand today. Enville was once home to seven stores, two hotels, three doctors, a livery stable, cotton gin, and a blacksmith shop.

Rich in history and steeped in tradition, Henderson embraces the small-town values and volunteer spirit that make Tennessee great. Henderson is located at the intersection of US Hwy 45 and State Route 100.  It is 16 miles south of Jackson and approximately 80 miles east of Memphis; Henderson began as a railroad community on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad. Once home to a bustling depot, Historic Front Street now gets more traffic from its businesses than its railways.

The school system for Henderson and the surrounding community is operated by Chester County.   The Chester County School System is rated as one of the best school systems in the state.   Henderson also boasts as having one of the lowest crime rates anywhere.  These two factors have helped Henderson become one of the most popular places to raise a family.

Henderson is famous for many things, including its old-fashioned barbecue. The area has a deep tradition in slow-cooked whole-hog barbecue, and it is celebrated annually during the Barbecue Festival on Court Square.

With a balanced blend of retail and industry, Henderson shops line Main Street and beyond while many industries are located in or near the Industrial Park on the US Hwy. 45. Freed-Hardeman University, a four-year, liberal arts university, is located downtown. With approximately 2,050 students each year, FHU greatly contributes to Henderson’s economy.

Chickasaw State Park is located approximately 8 miles west of Henderson. The rustic state park features walking trails, horseback riding, campgrounds and summer swimming. Rustic cabins are also available for rent.

Gene Record Memorial Park is located at 600 North Church Avenue and provides picnic pavilions, restrooms, a playground and soccer fields. Some 600 youth play AYSO soccer on the park grounds.  The recently competed Clayton Family Playground provides a safe handicap accessible area for children to play.  A Farmer’s Market is also located within the park and is visible from Hwy 45 North.

Jacks Creek
An unincorporated community, Jacks Creek was settled in the 1820s. John Marshall Stone made his home here before moving in 1855 to Mississippi, where he would eventually become governor of that state. There were two minor incidents near Jack's Creek during the American Civil War: a skirmish one mile north of town, on September 12, 1863; and a one-day battle one mile south of town involving a rebel unit under Nathan Bedford Forrest and United States Army troops out of Corinth, Mississippi, on December 23, 1863.

In 1937 the community became the site of the Jack's Creek Intermediate Landing Field, an airport on the flight line between Nashville and Memphis that was designated as an emergency landing field. At one time it was the second largest landing field in the United States, with two runways, a beacon light and a radio control tower. During World War II the airfield was used by the U.S. Army Air Force as a practice site.

City meetings at 7 P.M. on 2nd Monday of each month at Town Hall, and at 8 P.M. during daylight savings time.

City Meetings at 7 P.M. on 4th Monday of each month at Town Hall.