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The Full Story

Back in the 1800s when they were mapping and drawing out the blueprints for towns, they would set them to what's called "cardinal", which means aligned with the four principal directions: North, South, East, and West. When they laid out the town of Gainesboro, however, due to the hills and the curves of the Cumberland River, they drew it 12 degrees off cardinal. We coupled that fact with the name of the first bar and restaurant in Gainesboro, "The Tavern", to come up with the name we settled on... 12 Degrees Tavern.

104 E Hull Ave, Gainesboro, TN 38562. Tel. (931) 268-8876

About the Menu

Founded in 1817, the town of Gainesboro lost most of its history to the Courthouse Fire of 1872. What little historical information we could find is incorporated into our menu.

Long Hunters, including household names like Daniel Boone and Davie Crockett, frequented the hills of Jackson County for centuries. This area was, and is, rich in fish and game due to the healthy river system and abundant natural salt licks. Jackson County and surrounding counties are still prime destinations for hunters and fishermen of all species.

Aunt Polly was a hotel operator whose legendary tales earned her a permanent in this town's oratory and written history. Examples range from defending her hotel against union occupation during the civil war to exonerating one of her employees who had been charged with selling whiskey by taking a steamboat to Nashville and marching into the governor's office and talking to him directly. With all of this prior to women's suffrage, she deservingly garnered the respect of everyone she encountered.

Lt. Colonel Cassetty (Charles Edward Cassetty) grew up here in Gainesboro, and lent a pivotal helping hand in defense of this country during World War II on the Pacific Front. He was a part of the team that loaded one of the atomic bombs into the famous Enola Gay.

General Edmund Pendleton Gaines, whom the town was named after, fought alongside Andrew Jackson at the battle of New Orleans. 

As mentioned before, the reason in part that historical knowledge of this town is so scarce is because of the Courthouse Fire of 1872, which destroyed all records, including but not limited to marriages, wills, other probate records of the county, circuit, and chancery courts, deeds, and tax records.

If you have some historical insight or any stories about the town, please tell us! We'd love to hear about it, and who knows? Maybe we'll incorporate your story into our menu.