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Perry County was named after the War of 1812 naval hero Oliver Hazard Perry. Its county seat is Linden. Perry County is bordered on the west by the Tennessee River (Kentucky Lake), and is bisected (north-south) by the Buffalo River. The eastern portion of Perry County is entirely drained by the Buffalo River and the western portion by the Tennessee River.
The Blooming Arts Festival attracts artists from a large radius and representing many different talents. Held the first weekend of Spring, it is always a sign of renewal in March every year. The Blooming Arts Festival was initially developed to honor the culture and natural beauty of Perry County and was attended by several thousand enthusiasts.
The Cedar Grove Iron Furnace was built around 1832 by Wallace Dixon and produced approximately 40 tons of pig iron each week. The Cedar Grove Furnace area was a self-contained village with a number of buildings including a company store, cabins, barns, black-smith shops and smoke houses. The iron industry was a very important part of the area's economy during the 19th century. The furnace located on Cedar Creek in Perry County is the only remaining "double stack" furnace in the Western Highland Rim of Tennessee and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.