In the early 1820's, Joel H. Dyer bought 640 acres of rolling wooded land along the Forked Deer River and decided to build a town. By 1825, 60 of those acres were divided into lots to form the early community of Dyersburg. Settlers from North and South Carolina, Virginia and other eastern states began pouring into the rich land between the Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers. Through the years, a growing number of people have followed Joel Dyer's example of deciding to live in Dyer County. Situated within 500 miles of 75 percent of this country's population, Dyer County has become a regional economic and medical center in Northwest Tennessee.
Dyersburg, the county seat, is one of the fastest growing communities in Tennessee. During the 1980's the population increased 16.4 percent. Dyer County's two other municipalities, Trimble and Newbern, also share in the county's economic growth. Dyer County boasts a dependable work force, progressive schools, affordable living, low crime rate, exciting growth, and small town friendliness. We invite you to learn more about Dyersburg by contacting the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce at 731-285-3433.