Main Menu

Rosemark History Book


An Illustrated History of the People and Towns of Northeast Shelby County and South Central Tipton County

Salem, Portersville, Idaville, Kerrville, Armourtown, Bethel, Tipton, Mudville, Macedonia, Gratitude, Barretville, and Rosemark, Tennessee.

Click here to view an excerpt from the book

Standard hard bound copies (with dust cover) – $65



More than nine years in research, writing, and production, this book contains 608 pages including 883 photographs, maps, and illustrations. The book begins with a brief sketch of the pre-history of the area and, through of series of articles and interviews, tells in detail the story of the people, enterprises and churches of the area. Each community also has a detailed locational map allowing the reader to actually visit precise locations discussed. Hundreds of vignettes give a sense of life from the 1830s through the 1950s.

Standard hard back copies with dust cover are $65.00 including tax. Orders will be filled in the order in which payment is received. Because of the expense of such an undertaking, only a limited number of books have been produced. Once all of the production run is sold, it is not anticipated that additional books will be printed.

Also available to complement An Illustrated History is a CD containing a unique map collection, 27 Historic Maps – Tennessee, Shelby and Tipton Counties – 1796 to 1954, and a CD of Historic Cemeteries containing the census of the cemeteries referenced in the book.

All proceeds from the sale of books and CDs go to pay the actual cost of production.

What people are saying:

Robert B. Davis –

“I am totally amazed at An Illustrated History…. It is so beyond what I expected and so full of detail. Your cross references, road and street information, maps, and interviews make this a real history book for our area. There were countless hours spent by both of you as well as other committee members, and I want to thank you for your efforts! How many people attended the October 9th event at the ARP Church? I wish I could have been there.”

Wilna Jean Wylie Lovett, Seabrook, South Carolina –

“I just wanted to tell you I bought two books and both cd’s from Patriot Bank. I was surprised by how many people in the book were related to me. The story about the hanging of Joseph B. Strain was interesting to me because he was my gggg-grandfather. You did a great job. Thank you for putting this book together.”

Carolyn Parr Fitchpatrick, Roswell, GA –

“I’m absolutely fascinated with the book. I sat up until midnight looking and reading last night and picked it up this morning to read with my coffee. Brought back so many memories and gave me lots of information that I didn’t know. You and your committee did a tremendous job. Truly loved the letter your father wrote you from the Phillipines. I know you must treasure that. I’ve been looking at the picture from the Kerrville school. If Catheryn and Carolyn James are in it, Billie Carter, Billy Joe Densford and I have to be in it too. We all started to school together. Been trying to figure out which ones we are.”

Lynn Wylie, Albany, GA –

“You cannot imagine how much I am enjoying the book…what a keepsake. It has brought back many wonderful memories. I am sure the number of hours you spent on it are incalculable. Please share with the committee my gratitude.”

Louise McLeod Chook, Germantown, TN –

“Got THE BOOK today. It is FABULOUS! I cannot put it down. I am thoroughly enjoying it and looking forward to reading as much as I can.”

Mark Pilkinton, PhD., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN –

“I am feeling a bit sorry for myself that I got to live in Rosemark for only three years. It is indelibly and positively etched in my mind and I think, in an ideal world, I could retire there. I envy all of those friends from my early grades like Dale McDaniel who got to live there his whole life (the same house, mostly, I gather!), as well as people like Jon and Molly McCalla who got to stay in very close touch even as they ventured a bit farther away from Rosemark proper. This is a huge accomplishment. My sons are getting copies for Christmas. Thanks for letting me be a very small part of this project.”

On October 19, 1818,

The United States Congress ratified the treaty with the Chickasaw Nation ceding West Tennessee to the United States. What followed was the creation of Shelby County in 1819 and, to its north, the creation of Tipton County in 1823. Settlers quickly followed. Along the border of Shelby and Tipton counties small communities developed around churches, schools, and country stores. This is the story of the people who have lived there. Over the last 180 years most of the schools and some of the towns of Northeast Shelby County and South Central Tipton County have disappeared. The churches and cemeteries remain and the land is still farmed.

This illustrated history attempts to capture the stories of those people and the places where they lived. Through a series of articles and interviews, maps, photographs, diaries, and letters, you can experience the people who lived on the farms and worked in the towns of Salem, Portersville, Idaville, Kerrville, Armourtown, Bethel, Tipton, Mudville, Macedonia, Gratitude, Barretville, and Rosemark, Tennessee.

While the purpose of this book is to preserve the history of the people who lived in a particular area, the messages found are often universal. There is the struggle to survive in hard times, the call to serve their country, and their stories of service from the Second Seminole War to the Korean Conflict. In this book you can find the tragedy of infant death before the advent of antibiotics and the loss of life in the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918-19. You can walk the paths of the early ministers as they tended their congregations and you can feel the experience of the country doctors making their rounds. Within these pages you can find the stories of economic hardship, of the effect of the institution of the gold standard in 1873 and the hardship imposed by fluctuating cotton prices.

This book is to be perused like a good magazine. The reader should turn its pages and examine its Table of Contents for the little pieces of recollection that tell the true story of the history of a people. Within these pages you can learn the history of transportation, the expansion of the railroads, the changing of agriculture. If you look carefully, you will learn something about the remarkable resiliency and mobility of people who aspire to education, industry, and religion. These are stories of the American people.

View photos from the book release on October 9th, 2010.