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By Darlene Hooker Sawyer and Dr. Jane Howles Hooker

The simple lifestyle once shared by many families on rural farmlands in Cordova is but a dream of yesteryear, as those days are long gone but not forgotten. The authors have captured the story of this area in a book simply titled "Cordova".

Early settlers spread into the adjacent communities of Sanga, Bethany, Pisgah, Lenow, and Morning Sun, and children from these areas went to the original brick Cordova School. Families held social gatherings at the school and local churches. At one time, 92 percent of the fresh flowers sold in Memphis were grown in Cordova; thus the town’s motto: “Farms, Flowers, Fellowship.” Though parts of the Cordova area were eventually annexed by the City of Memphis, many historic homes and buildings still remain in the old town area in the heart of Cordova.

Darlene Hooker Sawyer, a lifelong resident of the area, is a descendant of the Hooker family from Virginia, which settled in the area in 1836. She attended the Cordova School that now houses the Cordova Museum. Sawyer is the former curator and executive director of the museum. Dr. Jane Howles Hooker is an associate professor emeritus at the University of Memphis, where she served 40 years in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Her English American heritage and her marriage into the Hooker family sparked her interest in the history and genealogy of the area. The authors’ proceeds from the sales of this book benefit Cordova Museum. 

This book is yours FREE with a $20 donation.  

Mail your donation to Cordova Museum at 1017 N. Sanga, Cordova, TN 38018 with $3.00 to cover costs of shipping this book.    




Old Cordova Memories

by Darlene Sawyer

This book was original published in 2010 in a fundraising effort to support the museum operations.  It is now in its 3rd revision.  Copies are available for a $30 donation. 

This book is yours FREE with a $30 donation 

Mail your donation to Cordova Museum at 1017 N. Sanga, Cordova, TN 38018 with $5.00 extra to cover costs of shipping this book.