Local history and information about the city of Ooltewah, Tennessee


Ooltewah was once the county seat of James County, a former Tennessee county which went bankrupt in 1919 and was subsequently incorporated into Hamilton County. The former James County Courthouse located in the square in downtown Ooltewah is the community’s major landmark.[3] It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

On November 24, 1863, the 4th Michigan Cavalry entered Ooltewah and captured seventeen Confederates, including two officers, and destroyed a train of four wagons. On the next day, November 25th, the 4th Michigan Cavalry destroyed the Ooltewah railroad bridge, burned 4,000 pounds of flour, and captured a Confederate Lieutenant-Colonel before moving on to Cleveland, Tennessee before nightfall.


Ooltewah is located at 35°4′1″N 85°4′53″W (35.066834, -85.081421)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.7 square miles (19.8 km²), all of it land.


Ooltewah is a Native American phrase that means “Resting Place” according to a plaque mounted on the old caddy shack at The Honors Course – a private golf club situated at the foot of White Oak Mountain in Ooltewah. Many residents of Ooltewah plausibly claim that it means “Owl’s Nest”.[citation needed] Ooltewah Middle/High School’s team mascot is the Owl.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,681 people, 2,153 households, and 1,619 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 741.5 people per square mile (286.4/km²). There were 2,290 housing units at an average density of 298.9/sq mi (115.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 83.49% White, 11.93% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.13% from other races, and 2.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.94% of the population.

There were 2,153 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $42,243, and the median income for a family was $46,439. Males had a median income of $33,423 versus $23,036 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $23,034. About 4.6% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.0% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.


Ooltewah is the site of Ooltewah High School, Ooltewah Middle School, Wolftever Creek Elementary School, and Ooltewah Elementary.

The Ooltewah High School Marching Band performed in the 2007 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.[5]


Imported from Wikipedia.org