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Jamestown, Tennessee
Buildings along Main Street
Buildings along Main Street
Location of Jamestown in Fentress County, Tennessee.
Location of Jamestown in Fentress County, Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Fentress
Founded 1823
Incorporated 1837
Named for James Fentress
 • Total 2.94 sq mi (7.61 km2)
 • Land 2.94 sq mi (7.60 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,719 ft (524 m)
 • Total 1,959
 • Estimate 
 • Density 717.55/sq mi (277.04/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 931
FIPS code 47-37780
GNIS feature ID 1289287

Jamestown is a city in, and the county seat of, Fentress County, Tennessee, United States. The population of the city was 1,959 at the 2010 census.


Jamestown was established in 1823 as a county seat for Fentress County. It was incorporated as a city in 1837. Both Fentress County and Jamestown are named for prominent local politician James Fentress (1763–1843), who made the appeal for the new county to be carved out of Overton and Morgan counties.

Mark Twain Spring in Jamestown, used by Twain's parents circa 1827-1832

Jamestown was built upon the site of a semi-permanent Cherokee village, which probably made use of the many natural rock shelters in the area. Before the founding of Jamestown, the area was known as "Sand Springs" for the many bubbling springs located within the city. The last remaining spring is located in the Mark Twain City Park, just northeast of the county courthouse. This spring provided water to the family of John M. Clemens, father of noted author Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain), before they moved to Missouri. John Clemens served as the first circuit court clerk. He also drew the plans for the first courthouse and jail.

During the American Civil War, Fentress County provided four companies for the Confederate Army and three for the Union Army. The notorious "Tinker Dave" Beaty formed his Union scout company in Fentress County to battle with the pro-Confederate guerrilla's led by Champ Ferguson. Neither of these companies were ever mustered into the armies they supported.

World War I hero Sgt. Alvin C. York was born, raised, and died in Fentress County. He built the Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute, a high school in Jamestown. It is one of four state-funded schools in Tennessee.


Jamestown is located at 36°25′45″N 84°55′57″W / 36.42917°N 84.93250°W / 36.42917; -84.93250 (36.429082, -84.932414). The city is located along the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau near the center of Fentress County. Streams in the eastern part of the city are part of the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River watershed, while streams in the western part of the city flow into the upper Obey River watershed.

Jamestown is situated at the intersection of U.S. Route 127, which connects the city with Crossville to the south and Kentucky to the north, and State Route 52, which connects the city with Livingston to the west and Allardt to the southeast. State Route 154 connects the Jamestown area with Pickett State Park to the northeast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 86
1890 84 −2.3%
1930 857
1940 1,230 43.5%
1950 2,115 72.0%
1960 1,727 −18.3%
1970 1,899 10.0%
1980 2,364 24.5%
1990 1,862 −21.2%
2000 1,839 −1.2%
2010 1,959 6.5%
2019 (est.) 2,106 7.5%

2020 census

Jamestown racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,792 92.61%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 8 0.41%
Native American 6 0.31%
Asian 10 0.52%
Other/Mixed 72 3.72%
Hispanic or Latino 47 2.43%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,935 people, 875 households, and 396 families residing in the city.


Jamestown is the headquarters for the World's Longest Yardsale, also known as the 127 Corridor Sale.

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