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Morgan County is located in Eastern Tennessee among the Cumberland Mountains. This wonderful place we call home is rich in heritage, history, and beauty. From Frozen Head State Park to the Obed Wild & Scenic River, from Historic Rugby to Lone Mountain State Forest, you will find a beautiful and friendly place to live, work and raise your family. We are home to the Cumberland Trail State Park, Catoosa Wildlife Management Area and are neighbors to the Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area.

In 1805, the Cherokee ceded what is now Morgan County to the United States by signing the Third Treaty of Tellico. The first settlers arrived in the area shortly thereafter.

Wartburg was founded in the 1840s by George Gerding, a land speculator who bought up large tracts of land in what is now Morgan County with plans to establish a series of German colonies in the Cumberland region. German and Swiss immigrants arrived at the site by traveling from New Orleans up the Mississippi, Tennessee, and Emory rivers. They named the settlement after Wartburg Castle in Germany. Wartburg was officially incorporated in 1851. In 1870, Morgan County elected to move its county seat from the now-defunct town of Montgomery to Wartburg. The arrival of the railroad in 1880 expanded logging and coal mining operations in the Cumberland region, moving Morgan County away from an economy based on subsistence agriculture to a wage-based economy. Today, Morgan County is home to Frozen Head State Park, the headquarters of the Obed Wild and Scenic River, Lone Mountain State Forest, Catoosa Wildlife Management Area, Historic Rugby Tennessee, the Historic Brushy Mountain Penitentiary and also part of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

Public Meetings Concerning information on TDEC Grant for Improvements to Coalfield Park Facilities 

There will be several public meetings concerning a grant opportunity for Morgan County.  This grant, if received, will partially fund some improvements with the bathroom situation and concession stands in the Coalfield Community Park.  Citizens are encouraged to attend one or all of these meetings to learn about this grant and provide input.


  1. There will be a Zoom Meeting for the public on Wednesday, August 25th at 2 pm.  The public is welcome and encouraged to join us for that meeting.  Please email (bret@morgancountytn.org) or call 423-346-6288 to get Zoom information.
  2. A Social Media Public Meeting will be held on Morgan County Executive Brian Langley’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010349292781 .  Project information will be posted for public comment on or by August 20, 2021.
  1. Request a project information packet from Bret Pallotta.  Comments should be submitted by August 30, 2021 at 4:00 PM.  Bret can be reached by calling (423) 346-6288.

There will also be two Civic Organizational meetings in the Coalfield Community.  The public is encouraged to attend either or both of these:

  1. There will be a meeting with the Coalfield Boys and Girls club on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 6 pm at the pavilion in the Coalfield Community Park.
  2. There will also be a meeting with the Coalfield Volunteer Fire Department under the pavilion in the Coalfield community park on  August 24, 2021 at 6 pm at the pavilion in the Coalfield Community Park.

There will be a meeting of the Morgan County Parks and Recreation Committee about this same grant on Monday, August 30, 2021 at 6 pm in the Morgan County Courthouse in the main court room.

For more information on any of this, please call the Morgan County Executive’s office at 423-346-6288.

Morgan County Power Point for Public Meetings – PDF

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We believe Morgan County, TN is poised for great economic improvement and the Economic Development Board is a great catalyst in this effort.  For more information, you can contact the Morgan County EDB at (423) 346-9400. 

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