The county was named in honor of Revolutionary War patriot and statesman, Patrick Henry ( who first said, “Give me liberty or give me death!" ). Henry County became the gateway for the settlement of West Tennessee and beyond.
The town of Paris was established as the county seat on September 23, 1823, and became West Tennessee's oldest incorporated municipality. The town was named for the French capital in honor of Lafayette, who visited Tennessee in the early 1800s. Henry County sent more than 2,500 volunteers to the Confederacy and was given the title "Volunteer County of the Volunteer State" for providing more volunteer soldiers per capita than any other county in Tennessee.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this Kentucky Lake Community has a total area of 593 square miles (1,537 km²), of which, 562 square miles (1,455 km²) of it is land and 32 square miles (82 km²) of it (5.35%) is water.
Located in Henry County on the west bank of beautiful Kentucky Lake in west Tennessee, halfway between the metropolitan areas of Nashville and Memphis. Paris is a small community with a vibrant spirit. Situated near the natural beauty of Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky Lake and Paris Landing State Park, Paris is also home to the World’s Biggest Fish Fry, Catfish Races, an annual arts festival, and many other community activities. Boasting a downtown surrounded by an old-fashioned Main Street shopping district. Paris is also home to a 60-foot high scale model of the Eiffel Tower located in Memorial Park.
Fort Donelson National Military Park
Located in Dover, Tennessee, Fort Donelson interprets a crucial Civil War battle in which a general names U.S. Grant first gained fame. Stand at the cannon emplacements on the Cumberland River Bluff and imagine the bombardment of gunboats below. Find out why the Federals threw away their coats and blankets when a snowstorm was coming.
Paris (Principal City located 17 miles from Kentucky Lake)
- Buchanan, Springville, Puryear
Lake Locations in this County
Cypress Bay, Big Sandy River, Eagle Creek
Futures Golf CLub, Paris Landing State Park, The Tennessean Golf Club