Bartlett is a incorporated city in Shelby County, Tennessee, located northeast of Memphis, but is geographical just outside of the Memphis metropolitan area. The population was 54,613 at the 2010 U.S. Census. The community from which the City of Bartlett grew was first called Union Depot. It was the last major way station in Tennessee along the stagecoach route from Nashville westward and came into being about 1829. When the Memphis & Ohio Railroad took the place of the stages, Bartlett continued as a depot. It was originally a farming community, with major plantations along Stage Road. In 1866, with a population of less than 100, the city officially incorporated and the name changed to Bartlett. It was named for Major Gabriel M. Bartlett, a planter, whose home place was located on the old Raleigh-Somerville Road (Stage) at the present location of Bartlett Station Plaza.
Bartlett’s public school system were a part of the Shelby County Schools through the end of the 2013-2014 school year. On July 16, 2013, the residents of Bartlett approved a referendum to form a Bartlett City School District. This district launched in the fall 2014 and will include the 11 school buildings within Bartlett city limits, according to an agreement reached between parties to a federal lawsuit. The district’s first superintendent will be David Stephens, former deputy superintendent of Shelby County Schools,
According to the City of Bartlett, the city limits encompass a total area of 23.42 square miles (60.7 km). The annexation reserves of the city extend another 20.54 square miles (53.2 km). The median income for a household in the city was $66,369, and the median income for a family was $69,962 (these figures had risen to $74,091 and $80,739 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $45,281 versus $32,382 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,616. About 2.1% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.
Bartlett has maintained it’s small town flavor with an array of modern conveniences peppered though out the city. From the historic 1800’s town square housing to acreage estates Bartlett enjoys an array of architecture for all tastes. New housing with all the latest of modern conveniences is also an option. The price range begins in the low $100’s for a starter home up to a median price of $175,000 with the high end of $800,000 plus. Bartlett is geared toward families with children, but all feel welcome.
Davies Manor Plantation is a historic property that includes the oldest log home in Shelby County open to the public, thirty-two acres of plantation land, and numerous outbuildings. These outbuildings range from a tenant cabin to a commissary, a gristmill to an outhouse. Additionally, the property contains several gardens, including a kitchen garden and a medicinal herb garden. There are even a walking tour and nature trails available for visitors who love the outdoors.
The website is www.daviesmanorplantation.org
The Bartlett Recreation Center is a 55,000 sq ft (5,100 m) facility that was completed in August 2000. The recreation center is located at 7700 Flaherty Place directly behind the Bartlett Police Station. The recreation center is a popular place amongst the people of Bartlett with its swimming pool, racquetball courts, basketballcourts, running track, and workout rooms. Since its opening the recreation center has done remarkably well and required no help from the city to remain open.
The Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center, also known as BPACC, was finished in 1999 where it held its first show by Art Garfunkel. BPACC is located at 3663 Appling Road, directly across the street from the Bartlett Police Station and Appling Middle School. The facility is not limited to performances but can be rented out for other events such as seminars or business meetings.