City of Inverness History

Before the name of Inverness, the City was originally named Tompkinsville foe its namesake, A.D. Tompkins. Tompkins was known as “Uncle Alf” and worked to draw other residents by establishing the first sawmill and mail service. His brother-in-law, Frank M. Dampier, Sr. became the first merchant in town. Dampier is credited with naming it Tompkinsville and plotting out the town.

In the years to come, the City was sold to a firm that rebranded the city as Inverness, due to the area looking like the headlands of Inverness Scotland.