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The area around Watertown was first settled by Captain William Thompson of North Carolina in 1780. He built a fort in the area to protect settlers and provide a safe haven for travelers on the nearby Holstein Trail.

After Thompson left, the land became a revolutionary war grant given to Colonel Archibald Lytle, who received 1,000 acres, and his brother, Captain William Lytle, who received 500 acres.

White House The grandparents of Wilson L. Waters, the founder of Watertown, moved into the Round Lick Creek area around 1790. In 1844, Waters and his wife built a log cabin where they lived until their final home was built. The cabin no longer remains, but the house (pictured here) is still standing and has been extensively restored.

Watertown has been a family town since its beginnings when the post office was moved from Three Forks to Waters store in 1845. Waters established a sawmill, gristmill and blacksmith shop in 1857 and was appointed as the first postmaster in 1858. Waters' 400-acre farm became Watertown.

The village remained rather sleepy until the Nashville and Knoxville Railroad came in 1885. After this the village more than doubled in size. The depot in Watertown was the unloading place for surrounding towns.

But it was a devastating fire in 1903 that truly transformed Watertown from a small village to a bustling city. Most of the businesses in Watertown were constructed of wood, and there was no town square. After the fire, citizens laid off a square that was surrounded by mostly one-story brick buildings that remain to this day.

Today, according to Historic Watertown, a group formed to preserve the history of Watertown, all the buildings in the business district are historic buildings. The sidewalks around the square have been replaced, and lampposts fashioned in an early 20th-century style have been installed.

 

 

Demographics

WATERTOWN, TENNESSEE 37184

Watertown is a city in Wilson County, in the Nashville-Davidson metro area.
The community was named for storekeeper, Wilson L. Waters.
The latitude of Watertown is 36.100N. The longitude is -86.131W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 653 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 1358.


INCOME SNAPSHOT

Median household income
Local $35,662
National $41,994


PROPERTY TAXES

Wilson County taxes are $2.48 per every $100 of asessed value.
Watertown City taxes are $0.75 per every $100 of assessed value.


2000 CENSUS DATA

POPULATION
Total population 1,358
Square miles (land) 1.25
Population per square mile 1,083.94

GENDER
Male 642
Female 716

AGE
15 or younger 290
16-24 187
25-44 384
45-64 288
65+ 209
Average age (years) 37.49

RACE AND ETHNICITY
White 1,239
Black or African American 83
American Indian 5
and Alaska Native
Asian 1
Native Hawaiian 0
other Pacific islander
Some other race 9
Two or more races 21
Hispanic or Latino 17

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT
Population 25 and older
845
High school graduates (includes equivalency) 363
Some college, or associate's degree 129
Bachelor's degree 38
Master's, professional or doctorate degree 19
SCHOOL ENROLLMENT
Population 3 years and over enrolled in school 314
Preschool and kindergarten 26
Grades 1-12 260
College 28


HOUSING UNITS-WATERTOWN

Total housing units 598

RENTER-OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS
Renter-occupied housing units 153
Average number of household members 2.50
Average number of rooms 4.73
Average number of vehicles 1.32
Median year structure was built 1960
Median year householder moved in 1998
Median rent ($) 375
Median rent asked for vacant units ($) 417
Rent includes utilities 39
Rent as a pct of household revenue 22
OWNER-OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS
Owner-occupied housing units 389
Average number of household members 2.49
Average number of rooms 6.08
Average number of vehicles 1.53
Median year structure was built 1958
Median year householder moved in 1988
Median value
$73,500
With mortgage or contract to purchase 181
With second mortgage, equity loan 36
Median price asked for vacant housing $70,000
Monthly cost, with mortgage
$729
Monthly cost, without mortgage $ 227


HOUSING UNITS-WILSON COUNTY

Total Housing Units(2005): 40,133
Homeownership rate(2000): 81.4%
Housing units in multi-unit structures(2000): 9.2%
Median value of owner occupied housing units(2006): $199,900
Persons per household(2000): 2.67
Median household income(2003): $52,673


MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME BY AGE

($ IN PREVIOUS YEAR)
Median household income 35,662
Householder under 25 31,250
Householder 25-34 39,583
Householder 35-44 50,875
Householder 45-54 39,792
Householder 55-64 35,625
Householder 65-74 24,821
Householder 75 and older 20,714


LIBRARIES

Alexandria Branch Library, DeKalb County, TN
Lebanon-Wilson County Public Library, Wilson County, TN
Watertown-Wilson County Library, Wilson County, TN


Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 Census; ePodunk

Around Town

Watertown is a very diverse little town.

The town supports and is home to a variety of businesses, including manufacturing, retail, service, and professionals.

We also have a diverse group of churches serving the community.

Watertown also has a complete range of city services, including our own Police Department, Volunteer Fire Department, and Water/Sewer Services.

As our community grows, so do our schools. Grades K-12 can are served in our local schools.
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City Information

City of Watertown


City Hall
(615) 237-3326
8630 Sparta Pike (Three Forks Park)
Watertown, TN 37184

Water Department
(615) 237-3326 (City Hall)

Emergency  - Dial 911 For Emergencies

Fire Department  - Dial 911 For Emergencies
160 South Statesville Ave
WatertownTennessee 37184 

Phone: (615) 237-3628
Mailing Address: PO Box 231

Police Department  - Dial 911 For Emergencies
160 South Statesville Ave
WatertownTennessee 37184
(615) 237-3326  (non-emergency)

Ambulance Station  - Dial 911 For Emergencies
WEMA Station 2
160 South Statesville Ave

WatertownTennessee 37184
(615) 237-3734 (non-emergency)
www.WilsonEMA.com


Mayor & City Council


Mayor
Mike Jennings
Address: 8630 Sparta Pike
Lebanon, TN 37087
Phone: (615) 237-3326

Council Members (at large)
Kristie Bayse Cantrell
Term 2014-2018
306 N. Central Ave.
Watertown, TN 37184
(615) 237-9280 H

Brandon Howard
Term 2014-2018
322 Forrest St.
Watertown, TN 37184
(615) 237-0525 H
(615) 517-5510

Catherine "Katie" Smith, Ph.D.
Term 2014-2018
234 W. Main St.
Watertown, TN 37184
(615) 403-5436


Brandy Faye Holcomb
Term 2012-2016
721 E. Main St
Watertown, TN 37184

William A. “Tony” Lea
Term 2012-2016
602 E. Main St. 
Watertown, TN 37184 
(615) 237-3731 H

James T. (Tom) Nix
Term 2012-2016
305 Cornwell Ave.
Watertown, TN 37184
(615) 237-3480 H
(615) 237-3488







Other City Offices & Organizations

Planning Commission

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Board of Zoning & Appeal:
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Historic Preservation Commission:
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Watertown Park Board:

Brian Fountain
716 West Main
237-0711

Jeff Tunks
129 Depot St.
237-0200

Kim Vastola
306 Public Square
237-3953

Duke Aylor
1415 Hardin Hollow
Statesville
286-2761

Gerald Lamberson
322 N. Central Ave.
237-3114

Mark Fletcher
615 S. Commerce Rd.
237-0009
 

Beer Board:

Jimmy Locke
310 Waters Ave.
237-3219

Lynn Malone
370 Holmes Gap Rd.
237-3921

Kim Vastola
306 Public Square
237-3953

Services for Residents

Community Disposal Services

Watertown Community Disposal Services
615-237-3185
235 S. Commerce Road


Electric Utility


Middle Tennessee Electric Members Cooperative
Customer Service
201 Maddox-Simpson Parkway - Lebanon
877-777-9020
615-444-1323
www.mtemc.com


Utility Districts/Water Service

City of Watertown
615-237-3326


Natural Gas

Middle Tennessee Natural Gas
Gordonsville Office
126 JMZ Drive
Gordonsville, TN 38563
615-683-1021
1-800-880-6373 (after hours)
FAX: 615-683-6865
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CST
www.mtng.com


Telephone Utility


BellSouth
Residential Service
1-888-757-6500

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