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Byrdstown, Tennessee
Town square in Byrdstown
Town square in Byrdstown
Location of Byrdstown in Pickett County, Tennessee.
Location of Byrdstown in Pickett County, Tennessee.
Coordinates: 36°34′21″N 85°8′14″W / 36.57250°N 85.13722°W / 36.57250; -85.13722
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Pickett
Founded 1879
Incorporated 1917
Named for Col. Robert K. Byrd
 • Total 1.49 sq mi (3.85 km2)
 • Land 1.49 sq mi (3.85 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,027 ft (313 m)
 • Total 803
 • Estimate 
 • Density 526.21/sq mi (203.21/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 931
FIPS code 47-10180
GNIS feature ID 1279260

Byrdstown is a town in Pickett County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 803 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Pickett County.


Byrdstown was established in 1879 as a county seat for the newly formed Pickett County. The town, where several families already lived, was named for Colonel Robert K. Byrd, a state senator whose district included the new county. Byrdstown was officially incorporated in 1917.

Former Secretary of State Cordell Hull (1871–1955)— who played a pivotal role in the creation of the United Nations— was born just west of Byrdstown. The Pickett County Courthouse, built in 1935, and the Cordell Hull Birthplace are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other historical sites include the Amonett House at the junction of TN-325 and TN-111.


Byrdstown is located at 36°34′21″N 85°8′14″W / 36.57250°N 85.13722°W / 36.57250; -85.13722 (36.572585, -85.137088). The town is situated in a hilly area on the Highland Rim, a few miles south of the Kentucky state line. Byrdstown lies south of the Wolf River, north of the Obey River, and east of Dale Hollow Lake, where the two rivers converge.

Dale Hollow Lake near Byrdstown

Tennessee State Route 325 traverses Byrdstown from west to east, mostly following West Main Street and East Main Street. This highway connects Byrdstown with the Dale Hollow Lake and Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park areas to the west, and the rural parts of central Pickett County to the east. Tennessee State Route 111, which intersects SR 325 in western Byrdstown, connects the town with Livingston to the southwest, and Static at the state line to the north. At Static, the highway terminates at an intersection with U.S. Route 127, with the latter continuing northward to Albany, Kentucky.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 125
1930 135 8.0%
1940 215 59.3%
1950 379 76.3%
1960 613 61.7%
1970 582 −5.1%
1980 884 51.9%
1990 998 12.9%
2000 903 −9.5%
2010 803 −11.1%
2019 (est.) 783 −2.5%

As of the census of 2000, there were 903 people, 395 households, and 233 families residing in the town. The population density was 587.5 people per square mile (226.4/km2). There were 460 housing units at an average density of 299.3 per square mile (115.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.12% White, 0.22% African American, 0.44% Native American, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.55% of the population.

Byrdstown Town Hall

There were 395 households, out of which 24.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.0% were non-families. 37.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 19.8% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 22.4% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 24.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $19,375, and the median income for a family was $25,938. Males had a median income of $23,281 versus $16,389 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,462. About 19.2% of families and 28.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.4% of those under age 18 and 32.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents

  • Cordell Hull (1871–1955), U.S. Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize winner
  • Sierra Hull (b. 1991), musician
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