Dyer County is nearly 200 years old. The actual date that the county was chartered was October 16, 1823. The celebration of that historic date has begun and area residents and the Dyer County Historical Society are making plans for events throughout the year.
On Tuesday, October 11th, the Dyer County Historian, Earl Willoughby, will speak at the Professional Development Center. The PDC is located at 305 College Street in downtown Dyersburg. Willoughby’s talk will begin at 5:00 and the public is encouraged to attend.
“Let’s just call this ‘A Conversation with the County Historian’,” said Willoughby when he agreed to do this presentation. “There is so much history about Dyer County and I’d be glad to start the historical society’s year-long celebration by talking about many of the more interesting stories.”
The Historical Society board will meet at 4:30 followed by Willoughby’s presentation at 5:00. The Dyer County Museum is located inside the PDC and will be open that day at 4:00. Regular hours for the museum are each Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 till 11:00 AM. Additionally, people who are interested can contact Danny Walden, historical society president, to schedule a personal tour.
Other events that are being planned for the Dyer County Bicentennial Celebration include tours of area museums such as Bogota, Trimble, Bruce School, the Dyersburg Army Airbase in Halls, TN and Sorghum Valley. Anyone who may be interested in helping with the Bicentennial can contact Penny Switzer at firstname.lastname@example.org