Madison County was established in 1821 and its county seat is Jackson. Prior to the establishment of the county, the area was home to Native Americans such as the Woodlands who developed large mound villages. These mounds, known as the Pinson Mounds, are the largest Middle Woodland period mound group in the United States. In addition to the mounds, the county is notable for having three railroads and being the home of legendary Illinois Central Railroad engineer Casey Jones. The county is also the home of Lambuth University, Union University, Lane College and Jackson State Community College. For more information regarding Madison County, please go to the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History & Culture website.