During the late 1700’s, Goose Creek played a prominent role in the migration of settlers along the historic Avery Trace. These early pioneers traveled the Avery Trace, made encampments and later built cabins along Goose Creek and the surrounding area resulting in the settlement of Hartsville and Trousdale County. Many of these homesteads remain today and are on the registry of historic homes.
The town of Hartsville was founded in 1797 on the West Fork of Goose Creek and remains county’s only town and county seat. Hartsville possesses numerous historic treasures including early pioneer homesteads, Revolutionary War-era land grants, a historic Court House and several famous Civil War battlefields.
The Chamber of Commerce resides in the authentically restored Depot which also houses the Trousdale County Museum. The Museum is located in the freight room of the Depot and contains items related to the Civil War, tobacco farming in Trousdale County and early city and farm life in the surrounding countryside.
A CSX-L&N caboose sits along side the Depot building and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Just down the street is the Living History Museum depicting the life of the farming family in the 1930s.
Tours may be scheduled by contacting the Chamber office.