Rogersville is located in Lauderdale County in the northwest corner of the state. It has a mayor/council form of government. Renowned Muscle Shoals musician Spooner Oldham is a long-time resident of Rogersville.


Lock at Wheeler Dam Bordering the Tennessee River and providing a bypass around the shoals in the area, the settlement that came to be known as Rogersville arose in the early nineteenth century along trade routes that linked present-day Chattanooga and Memphis in Tennessee. It was long known as Rodgersville, after a family from South Carolina that settled there. A one-room log schoolhouse was erected in the early nineteenth century and in the 1820s, shops, a post office, and a tavern with a stagecoach stop had been established in the community as well. Later, the name was changed to Rogersville and it was incorporated in 1858. The first accredited high school in Lauderdale County was opened in Rogersville in 1912.


According to 2020 Census estimates, Rogersville recorded a population of 1,464. Of that number, 89.0 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 8.8 percent as Hispanic, 6.1 percent as African American, 2.4 percent as two or more races, and 0.8 percent as Asian. The town's median household income was $46,250, and the per capita income was $31,175.


According to 2020 Census estimates, the workforce in Rogersville was divided among the following industrial categories:

  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (22.9 percent)
  • Manufacturing (18.2 percent)
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (13.7 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (11.2 percent)
  • Retail trade (8.3 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (7.4 percent)
  • Construction (5.3 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (3.7 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (3.7 percent)
  • Public administration (3.1 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (1.8 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (0.4 percent)
  • Information (0.3 percent)


Public education in Rogersville is administered by Lauderdale County Schools, which oversees one high school in Rogersville.


Rogersville is accessed by U.S. Highway 72, which runs east-west, and State Highway 207, which runs north-south.

Events and Places of Interest

Rogersville Bluegrass Festival Rogersville sponsors a "1st Saturday" event on the first Saturday of each month with live entertainment. It also hosts a Heritage Days festival in June, a multi-day bluegrass festival in July with music, foods, and crafts, several fall-themed events in October, and a Christmas festival each December. Graceland Park features outdoor play equipment and a covered pavilion. Just southwest of Rogersville is Joe Wheeler State Park, which features boating, fishing, camping, meeting facilities, and overnight accommodations, and to the southeast is Elk River State Park.

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