Springfield is a beautiful
and historic community located in scenic Robertson
County, one of Tennessee's leading counties in
agricultural production. Robertson County was
named in honor of General James Robertson, the
founder of the Cumberland Settlements. Thomas
Kilgore established the first settlement in Robertson
County on the Red River in 1779.
Tennessee was known as the
western territory of North Carolina at the time
of Kilgore's arrival. The area that is Robertson
County today later became a part of Tennessee
County, one of three counties in the Mero District
of North Carolina. At the time of statehood in
1796, Tennessee County was divided into Montgomery
and Robertson counties.
The first General Assembly
of Tennessee authorized a county seat for Robertson
County by the name of Springfield in 1796, but
it was not until 1798 that the town was established.