About This Website

Most of us acquired our knowledge of history in a high school classroom many years ago. Unfortunately, that experience does not always endear us to wanting to learn more about the world around us. This site was developed as a means to share with you what history can reveal about who we are and why we exist.

Most people grow up living in communities that have little or no historical perspective because most of the people, places and things that were important to their development no longer exist. Bolivar, Tennessee on the other hand is a rather unique community in that much of its almost 200 years of history can still be viewed and studied if you have the aptitude, patience and interest to do so.

Studying history is necessary to avoid repeating past mistakes. The following saying comes from the writings of George Santayana, a Spanish-born American author of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries:

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it!

Come visit historic Bolivar ... we think you will find the experience to be both enlightening and enjoyable. We believe you and your family will have fun learning about how our ancestors helped to make this country what it is today.

Help Promote This Site

Help promote this site with your friends and others who might enjoy learning a little history about Bolivar, Tennessee. It is a great site for students to use to learn more about our early history.

You may download the image below and use the QR code with your smartphone or simply go to www.HistoricBolivarTN.com


We welcome additions to this website...especially historic photos, documents and stories about Bolivar and its people, places and things of interest.

Errors, Corrections, Omissions

Historical documents and information are often subject to typos, errors and other misinterpretations over time. This site simply presents a composite history of Bolivar as compiled by numerous current and past authors and historians. Please bring any known errors or omissions to our attention for prompt review (and correction if applicable). We endeavor to make this website the authoritative reference source for historic Bolivar people, places and things.

This website was originally set up and maintained by Mr. Woody Savage and Mr. Ken Savage who both have demonstrated their immense love for Bolivar, Hardeman County, and its history. We are indebted to both Woody & Ken for their many hours of hard work and dedication.

A change initiated by Google Sites required the conversion of the original site to its current form. While the format of the site is new and there are notable changes to its structure, we are proud to say that almost all of the original site content was successfully converted. This site is now maintained by the City of Bolivar at the request of the Savage brothers. Inquiries, comments, & suggestions may be submitted by email sarah.rice.cityofbolivar@gmail.com.