Historic Timeline

  • Late 1700s - First residents settle in area which is to become La Vergne
  • 1800 - 1959 - Population under 1,000
  • 1820 - Roulhac family moved to La Vergne area
  • 1837 - James B. Buchanan named postmaster at Buchananville (early name of city)
  • 1852 - Francois Lenard Gregoire de Roulhac de LaVergn dies, postmaster names post office the “LaVergne Post Office”
  • Feb 28, 1860 - City first incorporated
  • 1862 - At least 7 Civil War related battles / skirmishes fought in the city
  • 1862 - Most of city burned during Civil War
  • 1881 - Incorporation rescinded because - since the Civil War - no city officials had been elected and there were not enough adults to let the town organize a Board and town constitution
  • 1900 - Two tornados rip through La Vergne, destroying two schools
  • 1904 - First telephone in La Vergne
  • 1913 - Telephone co-op formed
  • 1923 - Electricity reaches La Vergne
  • 1945 - Tennessee Farmer's Co-Op opens
  • 1959 - Men's Club organized
  • 1951 - La Vergne Utility District organized
  • 1961 - La Vergne Primary School built
  • 1963 - La Vergne Lions Club organized
  • 1965 - La Vergne Fire Department established
  • 1968 - Calls to Smyrna no longer long-distance
  • 1970 - La Vergne Rescue Squad established
  • 1971 - Firestone (later Bridgestone) opened
  • 1972 - City incorporated, council elected. Vester Waldron named first mayor and serves from February 1972 - March 1980
  • 1972 - City holds first Old Timers Day
  • 1974 - La Vergne Council increases to five members
  • 1976 - Roy Waldron School built
  • 1976 - Bicentennial Park next to City Hall built from federal funding of the nations bicentennial celebration
  • Late 1970s - Senior Citizens Club established
  • Late 1970s - Library established
  • 1980 - Post office at 5175 Murfreesboro Road opens (currently Codes and Engineering Bldg)
  • 1980 - A.C. Puckett becomes mayor and serves from March 1980 - April 1984
  • 1982 - La Vergne Tennessee and La Vergne France twinned as sister cities
  • 1982 - Current City Hall at 5093 Murfreesboro Road opens
  • 1986-89 - La Vergne online with Metro Nashville sewer system
  • 1987 - La Vergne name official changed from one word to two
  • 1988 - La Vergne High School built
  • 1988 - City changes charter to Alderman style
  • 1988 - Jack Moore becomes mayor and serves from July 1988 - September 1990
  • 1989 - Property tax initiated
  • 1990 - Shirley Winfree becomes mayor and serves from September 1990 - October 1994
  • 1990 - La Vergne population counted at 7,499
  • 1991 - La Vergne Rotary Club established
  • 1993 - La Vergne Water Treatment Plan opened
  • 1994 - La Vergne population counted at 11,088
  • 1994 - Mike Webb becomes mayor and serves from October 1994 - April 2004
  • 1996 - La Vergne population counted at 14,275
  • 1997 - Cedar Grove School built
  • 1997 - Veterans Memorial Park opened
  • 1998 - La Vergne population counted at 16,001
  • 1999 - Rock Springs Elementary School built
  • 1999 - Cable Channel 3 (city television channel) goes on the air
  • 2000 - La Vergne population counted at 18,687
  • 2000 - Senior Citizen Center became part of the City
  • 2002 - Rock Springs Middle School opened
  • 2002 - New La Vergne Public Library opened
  • 2003 - La Vergne population counted at 21,561
  • 2004 - New La Vergne Middle School opened
  • 2004 - Sherry Green becomes mayor and serves from April 2004 - October 2006
  • 2005 - La Vergne Water Treatment Plan expansion to 10 million gallons per day completed
  • 2006 - La Vergne population counted at 25,278
  • 2006 - Ronnie Erwin becomes mayor and serves from October 2006 - November 2010
  • 2006 - Box 100 Volunteer Rehab organization established
  • 2007 - La Vergne Lake Elementary School opened
  • 2008 - New La Vergne Post Office opens at 5309 Murfreesboro Road
  • 2010 - La Vergne population counted at 32,588
  • 2010 - Historic flooding in La Vergne and Middle Tennessee with 13.57 inches of rain falling in two days. While no deaths occurred in La Vergne, there were 24 who died statewide.
  • 2010 - Senna Mosley becomes mayor and serves from November 2010 - November 2014
  • 2011 - City becomes first in Rutherford county to launch social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  • 2011 - City holds first Patriotic Picnic in the Park Fourth of July celebration
  • 2011 - City holds first Miss La Vergne pageants (Miss La Vergne Ashley Alford, Junior Miss La Vergne Jessica Pickle, Young Miss Maddie Smith, and Little Miss Natalia Jobe)
  • 2011 - City holds first Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting Ceremony ushering in holidays
  • 2011 - First greenway opens in city - Brookside Greenway
  • 2012 - Saks Fifth Avenue opens distribution center in La Vergne
  • 2012 - City holds first September 11, 2001 Remembrance Ceremony
  • 2012 - City holds second Miss La Vergne pageants (Miss La Vergne Dakota Hayes, Junior Miss Madison Gossman, Young Miss Mikayla Kline, and Little Miss Riley Hayes)
  • 2012 - City holds first La Vergne Baby Show (Baby Prince Preston Beard, Baby Princess Kayleigh Balthrop, Toddler Prince Jacob Brooks Rogers, Toddler Princess Delia Santos, Prince Tomarion Gooch, Princess Chloe Layne Cooper)
  • 2013 - Shop Local program organized for local businesses
  • 2013 - Expansion of Waldron Road to five lanes completed
  • 2013 - Stewarts Creek High School opens, shifting part of student population to Smyrna
  • 2013 - Bruce Richardson named City Administrator
  • 2013 - La Vergne crime rate drops to lowest level in at least a decade according to TBI
  • 2013 - City begins airing all Board of Mayor and Aldermen workshops and meeting live on Channel 3
  • 2013 - City holds third Miss La Vergne pageants (Miss La Vergne Anna Grace Smith, Junior Miss La Vergne Maddie Smith, Young Miss La Vergne Sarah Beshara, and Little Miss La Vergne Lyndi Ann Hampton)
  • 2013 - Feed the Children opens distribution center in La Vergne
  • 2013 - La Vergne ranks as top affordable suburb in state by Movoto.com
  • 2013 - City purchases fire department from private company, names Rick McCormick as first Fire Chief
  • 2014 - City receives credit rating upgrade from Standard and Poors
  • 2014 - Walmart announces plans to open superstore in La Vergne
  • 2014 - Lake Forest Park opens playground
  • 2014 - La Vergne releases “Spirit of Rutherford County” print
  • 2014 - City holds third La Vergne Baby Show (Baby Prince Jaiden Santos, Baby Princess Callye-Rayelle Miller, Toddler Princess Janelle Galarza, and Princess Delia Santos)
  • 2014 - City holds fourth Miss La Vergne pageants (Miss La Vergne Jade Lawson, Junior Miss La Vergne Emily Bowe, Young Miss La Vergne Khyra Lyn-Nae Jackson, and Little Miss La Vergne Tianti Christina Reynolds Foster)
  • 2014 - Dennis Waldron becomes mayor and serves from November 2014 - current
  • 2015 - City holds third annual La Vergne Baby Show (Baby Prince Kyran Logan Leonard, Baby Princess Abigalle Faith McCormick, Toddler Prince Jayden Bailey, Toddler Princess Teagan Andrea Brown, Prince Desmond Cole, and Princess Elizabeth Nicole Graves)
  • 2015 - City holds fifth Miss La Vergne pageants (Miss La Vergne Mackenzie Henry, Junior Miss La Vergne Kaylee Adcock-Andrews, Young Miss La Vergne Kayla Mae Grimes, and Little Miss La Vergne Sydney Madison Brown)
  • 2015 - City approves construction of Memorial Wall at Veterans Memorial Park
History column on tornado story
Lake
May Day 2011
Military personnel and flag