Lauderdale County was established in 1835 and it was named after Lt. Colonel James Lauderdale, who was killed in the Battle of New Orleans. The city of Ripley serves as the county seat. During the Civil War, the county experienced the devastation of war with the Battle of Fort Pillow. While the Civil War was an important event in the county’s history, the county in later years would see the introduction of a railroad line, the construction of a U.S. Army base, the acquisition of a Tupperware plant and the development of industry with Marvin Windows. For more information regarding Lauderdale County, please go to the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History & Culture website.
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