State & County Maps of Tennessee

Maps of Tennessee are a great resource to help learn about a place at a particular point in time. Old Tennessee maps are effective sources of geographical information and useful for historical, genealogical and territorial research.

Our collection of Tennessee maps includes many different historic and modern types of maps. The maps date from the 18th century to the present and include:

State Map of Tennessee state with the counties and the county seats
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State Map of Tennessee state with the counties and the county seats
  • Tennessee Township maps, including maps showing the progress of the original government surveys
  • Tennessee Road, Highway and railroad maps
  • Tennessee Maps showing the state’s geological features
  • Tennessee timeline of county boundaries changes
  • Tennessee Military maps
  • Tennessee Maps of specific towns, counties and bodies of water
  • Colonial era maps of Tennessee
  • Bird’s eye views of Tennessee cities and towns

Historical Maps of Tennessee are a great resource to help learn about a place at a particular point in time. Tennessee Maps are vital historical evidence but must be interpreted cautiously and carefully.

Tennessee Maps can be very useful in conducting research, especially in light of the now extinct communities. Also, because old Tennessee maps were usually commissioned by the county seat, they often display information about the county, including town names.

There are civil district maps, early surveyors’ maps, and many other Tennessee maps on file at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

They also have both current and historical maps on file, including topographical maps from the U.S. Geological Survey. Some Ocoee District plat books and Mountain District grants can also be found there.

Old Historical Atlas Maps of Tennessee

This Historical Tennessee Map Collection are from original copies. Most historical maps of Tennessee were published in atlases and spans over 250 years of growth for the state.

Some Tennessee maps years have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines, and other features useful to the Tennessee researcher.

Carey’s 1795 State Map of Tennessee Government formerly Part of North Carolina taken Chiefly from Surveys

  • Map Date: 1795
  • Map Locations: Tennessee, North Carolina
  • Map Publication: Carey’s American Atlas: Containing Twenty Maps And One Chart
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Mathew Carey (1760– 1839)
1804 State Map of Tennessee
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Arrowsmith’s 1804 State Map of Tennessee

  • Map Date: 1804
  • Map Locations: Tennessee
  • Map Publication: A new and elegant general atlas, comprising all the new discoveries, to the present time.
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823) and Samuel Lewis (1754-1822)
1814 State Map of Tennessee
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Carey’s 1814 State Map of Tennessee

  • Map Date: 1814
  • Map Locations: Tennessee
  • Map Publication: Carey’s General Atlas, Improved And Enlarged; Being A Collection Of Maps Of The World And Quarters, Their Principal Empires, Kingdoms, &c
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Mathew Carey (1760 – 1839) and Isaac Lea
1822 Geographical, Historical and Statistical State Map of Tennessee
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Carey’s 1822 Geographical, Historical and Statistical State Map of Tennessee

  • Map Date: 1822
  • Map Locations: Kentucky
  • Map Publication: A Complete Historical, Chronological, And Geographical American Atlas, Being A Guide To The History Of North And South America, And The West Indies … To The Year 1822.
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Henry Charles Carey & Isaac Lea
1827 State Map of Tennessee and Kentucky
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Finley’s 1827 State Map of Tennessee and Kentucky

  • Map Date: 1827
  • Map Locations: Kentucky and Tennessee
  • Map Publication: A New General Atlas, Comprising a Complete Set of Maps, representing the Grand Divisions of the Globe, Together with the several Empires, Kingdoms and States in the World; Compiled from the Best Authorities, and corrected by the Most Recent Discoveries, Philadelphia, 1827.
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Anthony Finley (1784 – 1836)
1836 State Map of Tennessee
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Tanner’s 1836 State Map of Tennessee

  • Map Date: 1836 (Entered 1833)
  • Map Locations: Tennessee
  • Map Publication: A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics Of The World.
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Henry Schenck Tanner (1786–1858)
1845 State Map of Tennessee and Kentucky
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Morse’s 1845 State Map of Tennessee and Kentucky

  • Map Date: 1842 (Entered 1842)
  • Map Locations: Tennessee and Kentucky
  • Map Publication: Morse’s North American atlas. Containing the following beautifully colored maps
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Sidney Edwards Morse (1794-1871 ) and Samuel Breese (1802-1873)
1856 State Map of Tennessee and Kentucky
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Colton’s 1856 State Map of Tennessee and Kentucky

  • Map Date: 1856 (Entered 1855)
  • Map Locations: Tennessee and Kentucky
  • Map Publication: Colton’s Atlas Of The World, Illustrating Physical And Political Geography.
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Joseph Hutchins Colton (1800-1893)
1856 City Map of Louisville KY with City of New Orleans LA
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Colton’s 1856 City Map of Louisville KY with City of New Orleans LA

  • Map Date: 1856 (Entered 1855)
  • Map Locations: Cities of New Orleans, LA and Louisville, KY
  • Map Publication: Colton’s Atlas Of The World, Illustrating Physical And Political Geography.
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Joseph Hutchins Colton (1800-1893)
1880 State and County Map of Tennessee and Kentucky
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Mitchell’s 1880 State and County Map of Tennessee and Kentucky

  • Map Date: 1880 (Entered 1879)
  • Map Locations: Tennessee and Kentucky
  • Map Publication: Mitchell’s New General Atlas
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Samuel Augustus Mitchell Jr. (1827-1901)

Map of Tennessee County Formations 1777-1985

This Interactive Map of Tennessee Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of the Tennessee territory in 1777 to 1985.

Tennessee County Maps of Road and Highway’s

The Tennessee D.O.T. Highway Department has prepared a series of county road maps. These maps contain more detailed information about man-made features than the geological survey maps.

In addition to roads and boundaries, these maps include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries. These Tennessee maps are Free to downloade are in PDF format.

Tennessee City Map of Road and Highway’s

The Tennessee D.O.T. Highway Department has prepared a series of 2016 city road maps. The Tennessee city maps are now available in Adobe PDF format. Every effort was made to precisely duplicate the digital city map files. TDOT, however, realizes that some errors or omissions may have occurred during the conversion process.

These maps are placed on this web site strictly for the private use of the general public. Therefore, you as private citizens, should view or download these city maps and keep in mind that although the data has been processed successfully on a computer system at the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by TDOT regarding the accuracy and/or use of the data on any other system, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. Valid dates of inventory collection and revisions are found on each map in the “Map Record” box.

External Tennessee Map Resources

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