DeKalb County was established in 1837 and named in honor of Johann DeKalb, a German general who died while serving in the American Revolution. Smithville serves as the county seat. Primarily an agricultural area, DeKalb County is home to the oldest county fair grandstand in the state and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, the county has a recreation area known as Center Hill Lake and Dam that was completed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in the late 1940s. For more information regarding DeKalb County, please go to the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History & Culture website.
|Farm Name||County||Date Founded||Special Recognition|
|J. M. Bailiff Farm||DeKalb||1875|
|Robert and Nettie Page Simpson Farm||DeKalb||1816|