FROM CITY OF COLLIERVILLE:
It’s a new year, and a new milestone for the Town of Collierville, as we celebrate our 150th anniversary.
The Town was first incorporated in 1850. After losing its charter, the Town was reincorporated on February 17, 1870. In 2020, Collierville celebrates the 150th anniversary of its 1870 incorporation.
Among the Town’s rich history, the railroad played a vital role in the growth of Collierville; the first train rolled through Collierville in 1852 and sparked the beginning of development, commerce, and trade. From the Civil War, Yellow Fever epidemic, WWII draftees’ departures, and the farming economy into the rise of industry, our train station and depot were a beacon of light for those traveling through Shelby County.
The railroad is a strong influence for Collierville’s 150th theme: “Shine a Light”. We want pay tribute to the past and shine a light on the greatest parts of our community for the future: our residents, schools, businesses, organizations, events, and more.
We will start the celebration on our 150th anniversary date, February 17, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. on Collierville Town Square. This free, community event will include entertainment, brief remarks from local officials, a proclamation from Mayor Joyner, the unveiling of the official Collierville 150 portrait, and of course, cupcakes. In the event of rain, the event will be held at the Morton Museum (196 N Main Street).
We will have special anniversary celebrations at some of our annual events such as the Youth Fishing Rodeo, Main Street Summer Concert Series, and the Independence Day Celebration.
Collierville150.com will showcase our Town’s celebration from a historical timeline to upcoming events. The site will also serve as a way for you to connect with us and include your organization or business in the 150th festivities.
The Town of Collierville’s 150th anniversary will honor the past as we celebrate and shine a light toward the future.