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The Library has a great collection of resources about Brentwood history.  In addition to the collections below, check out our Local History and Genealogy research guide at


 1899 Tax Records1900 & 1920 CensusBrentwood Families

Brentwood HistoryBrentwood Incorporated Digital CollectionsHomes & Building

Manuscript CollectionRevolutionary War SoldiersSouthern Land Claims


Hardscuffle Years

In the years following the Civil War the newly freed African-American slaves began buying property and establishing lives as free citizens. Many of these families purchased lots to the north and east of the depot and village center of Brentwood, in an area that would become known as Hardscuffle (Church Street). A school and churches were established by the community, and numerous homes were built there. A fatal blow struck Hardscuffle in the 1960s, when the new interstate cut through the area and destroyed most of the original village of Brentwood. Watch more about it below!