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Savannah, Tennessee
City square
City square
Location of Savannah in Hardin County, Tennessee
Location of Savannah in Hardin County, Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Hardin
Settled 1820s
Incorporated 1833
 • Type City Commission
 • Total 6.65 sq mi (17.23 km2)
 • Land 6.65 sq mi (17.23 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
443 ft (135 m)
 • Total 6,982
 • Estimate  7,213
 • Density 1,042.40/sq mi (402.45/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 731
FIPS code 47-66720
GNIS feature ID 1300820

Savannah is a city in and the county seat of Hardin County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 6,982 at the 2010 census. Savannah is located along the east side of the Tennessee River.

Savannah hosted the NAIA college football national championship game from 1996 to 2007, and is home to several places of historical significance, including the Cherry Family Mansion.


The city's original name was Rudd's Ferry, named for James Rudd, an early settler who established a ferry at the site in the early 1820s. Rudd's Ferry was later purchased by a wealthy landowner, David Robinson. The city was renamed "Savannah" after Savannah, Georgia, the hometown of Rudd's wife, Elizabeth.

Battle of Shiloh

Hardin County was the site of the 1862 Battle of Shiloh (also known as the "Battle of Pittsburg Landing") during the Civil War. This battleground site is just south of the city of Savannah. Union General Ulysses S. Grant commandeered the Cherry Mansion just off the city square for use as a headquarters during the battle.

Hardin County, Tennessee courthouse in Savannah, Tennessee
Savannah Courthouse

Pickwick Landing State Park

Just outside Savannah lies Pickwick Landing State Park. Originally a steamboat stop, the Tennessee Valley Authority bought the site in the 1930s during the Great Depression and a constructed a dam so electricity could be a generated. In 1969, Tennessee bought 681 acres (276 ha) from the TVA and made it a state park.


Savannah is located at 35°13′25″N 88°14′13″W / 35.22361°N 88.23694°W / 35.22361; -88.23694 (35.223674, -88.237011).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (15 km2), (This does not account for the number of people who live in the countryside).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 466
1870 328
1880 1,006 206.7%
1890 1,087 8.1%
1920 758
1930 1,129 48.9%
1940 1,504 33.2%
1950 1,698 12.9%
1960 4,315 154.1%
1970 5,576 29.2%
1980 6,992 25.4%
1990 6,547 −6.4%
2000 6,917 5.7%
2010 6,982 0.9%
2019 (est.) 6,933 −0.7%
Joseph Hardin Courthouse Plaque Savannah TN
County courthouse dedication plaque at the city square

2020 census

Savannah racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 6,083 84.33%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 496 6.88%
Native American 23 0.32%
Asian 68 0.94%
Other/Mixed 369 5.12%
Hispanic or Latino 174 2.41%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 7,213 people, 2,658 households, and 1,622 families residing in the city.

Notable people

  • John Barnhill, football player, coach, and collegiate athletics administrator
  • Stubby Clapp, Major League baseball player and coach
  • Geron Davis, musician and composer
  • Hank DeBerry, Major League baseball catcher in the early 20th century
  • Jim Hardin, Major League pitcher from 1967 to 1973, World Series champion in 1970
  • Tom Hampton, Multi-instrumentalist, session musician, sideman, singer, and songwriter
  • Bolden Reush Harrison, naval officer and Medal of Honor recipient
  • Chad Harville, Major League pitcher
  • Granville Hinton, politician
  • Myles Horton, educator and civil rights activist
  • Elizabeth Patterson, actress in films and on I Love Lucy
  • Randy Rinks, businessman and politician
  • Herman L. Wolfe, Sr., politician
  • Darryl Worley, country music performer

See also

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