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The Browns and Cotton Grove Communities will celebrate their Madison County Bicentennial Heritage Day on Saturday, May 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Browns Ruritan Community Center, formerly Browns School, at 180 McLeary Road in Jackson and at Madison County Fire Station 12 at 190 McLeary Road. Enjoy a hamburger, hot dog, or a cup of Browns’ famous stew at the fire station.

Memorabilia will be on display in the school, and visitors are welcome to share copies of their vintage photos and documents from these communities. Join a fun game of cornhole and enjoy music provided by Jackson Area Plectral Society of Jackson. Pamphlets will be available with the rich history of Brown’s Church and Cotton Grove and a list of historic sites.

The first settlement in Madison County was at Cotton Grove in 1819 with pioneers John Hargrove, Roderick McIver, Duncan McIver, Elijah Jones, John Brown, Thomas Brown, and William Woolfork. Doctors Robert Fenner and McKnight soon joined the community. In 1821, a Mr. Maddin grew the first cotton in the county.

Residents of Brown’s Church and Cotton Grove look forward to sharing their Bicentennial Heritage Day with family and friends. Contact Lee Tomlinson at 731-343-3489 if you have questions.

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