Hawkins County is one of the oldest counties in Tennessee and it was first established as a separate North Carolina county in 1787. Rogersville serves as the county seat. The main street of Rogersville was defined by the route of the Great Wilderness Road, that attracted many settlers to travel through the town on their way to Bean Station, Cumberland Gap and Kentucky. During the 1840s through the 1870s, the county was notable for its marble industry. The marble was used in the Washington Monument in Washington, D. C., as well as the balustrades and stairways of the Capitol. In addition, the marble was used in the South Carolina State Capitol and in the municipal buildings of Baltimore. For more information regarding Hawkins County, please go to the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History & Culture website.