Winchester is known for its friendliness and hospitality.  Incorporated in 1821, it is the county seat of Franklin County.  For those that are strangers to Winchester, it is located about 90 minutes southeast of Nashville, 60 minutes west of Chattanooga, and 45 minutes northeast of Huntsville, Alabama.

Winchester is surrounded by majestic mountains, lakes and rolling farmlands. 

  • Population: Winchester - 7,329 Franklin County -43,233                                
  • Climate: Annual Average Temperature: 62 degrees      Monthly Average High Temperature: Jan. 48.8 degrees; July 88.3 degrees Monthly Average Low Temperature: Jan. 28.9 degrees; July 65.6 degrees
  • Average Precipitation:  58"
  • Elevation:  979' above sea level
  • City Government: Mayor and (5) City Councilmen
  • State & Federal Legislative District:                                  Federal House:  4th District                                               State Senate:  14th District                                                      State House:  39th District
  • Three Star Certified Community - The goal of a three star program is to maintain existing employment, create new employment opportunities, increase family income, improve the quality of life, and create a strong leadership base for our county.
  • Tax Rate: Winchester - $0.79  Franklin County - $2.1136 per $100.00 of Assessed Value (25% of appraised value)
  • Fire Insurance:  ISO Classification 4                              
  • Winchester is centrally located between metropolitan cities, easy access to interstate and state of the art airport facilities.
  • Located within commuting distance to higher education campus':
    • University of the South - local        
    • University of Tennessee Space Institute - local
    • Motlow State Community College - 20 miles
    • Middle Tennessee State University - 60 miles
    • University of Alabama, Huntsville - 49 miles with in-state tuition
    • Alabama A & M - 41 miles with in-state tuition
    • Tennessee Technology Center of  Shelbyville - 30 miles
    • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - 70 miles

Tims Ford Lake was built by TVA and completed in 1971. Tims Ford Dam impounds Tims Ford Lake that offers to campers and water enthusiasts - including the ever-present fisherman-unpolluted water. With a shoreline of 246 miles of typical "Tennessee Hills" country, the lake is one of Tennessee's outstanding scenic attractions. The aquatic life abounds - crappie, large and small mouth bass, rockfish, bream, catfish and muskellunge.