Agriculture is one of the oldest professions in human history. That is what the unincorporated community of Cordova was built on. For well over a century, this area remained a remote farming settlement. While that changed in recent times with a rapid influx of new residents due to retail expansion, cultivation of the flora still remains important. That is why TLC TurfMaster Lawn Care has extended an offer of our service to the residents of this welcoming community, both historic and new properties alike. As this area attracts both new residents and visitors alike, we intend to do our part to help make a verdant and colorful first impression.
The area was originally settled by Europeans in the year 1835. At the time, and for decades afterward, it mainly consisted of farms. One of its noted exports was flowers, and the community actually adopted the motto, “Farms, Flowers, and Friendship.” TLC TurfMaster Lawn Care is continuing the tradition established in this community’s founding in the cultivation of healthy, vibrant plant life.
During the 19th century, the community also became a stopping point for the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway.
Though the community’s motto has not changed, its name has done so four times. Upon its founding, it first took the name of Allentown. Years later it was changed to Marysville, and subsequently Dexter. The name Cordova was adopted in the year 1900, and has remained ever since. Today, Cordova has a population of 36,495 people as of a 2014 estimate. It is one of the fastest growing areas of the Greater Memphis area.
Cordova does not have its own independent school district. Its public school children go to the Shelby County Schools. Within the community of Cordova, there are four elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools.
There are even more private schools in the community. They are a combination of parochial and secular schools, one of which is a Montessori school. The sole higher education facility in Cordova is Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.
Business and Economy
For over 150 years, agriculture was the center of this location. That rapidly changed in the 1990s when the Wolfchase Galleria shopping mall was constructed and opened. Anchored by JCPenney, Sears, Macy’s, and Dillard’s, it is a giant 1,267,000 square foot shopping center with a total of 130 stores. This stimulated further retail growth in Cordova which branched into other service based industries. Now, there are more than 1,200 businesses within the unincorporated community, and it continues to grow.
There is a prevalent historical preservation effort within the community of Cordova. It has four buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building that currently houses the Cordova Community Center was once a combined school, library, and church, built in 1913. The Cordova Station served the original railroad that ran through the area. After the dissolution of the railroad, it became a library. Now it stands as an attraction. The Sangie Cemetery dates back to the original settlement days. Finally, the Walter Granville Allen House was constructed in the beginning of the 1900s.
For golfers, there is the Colonial Country Club, the only one of its kind in the community. It has two golf courses. The South Course has played host to some professional tournaments for several years. In addition, it also has two restaurants, tennis courts, a pool with swimming lessons available, and a fitness room. Special events such as weddings and business outings can be hosted there as well.