The Hinkle Story

The Hinkle Story

Quality and value for almost two centuries.

Welcome to Hinkle Chair Company

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Quality and value for almost two centuries.

Hinkle Chair Company is still a family owned and operated business run by the 6th generation of Hinkles - William Hinkle Jr, Jeff Hinkle, and Diane Johnson. Remember, whenever you purchase your next rocking chair, insist that it is a genuine Hinkle rocker. The quality and comfort of your Hinkle products are carved out of over 186 years of tradition.

A front row seat to history

More than just a chair, we've been helping families like yours create memories for over a 187 years and counting...

  • 1717
    The start...

    The Rev. Anthony Jacob Henckel emigrated from Germany in 1717 with his wife Mary Elizabeth and their...

  • 1776
    Declaration of Independence

    Adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, the 13 American colonies severed their political...

  • 1797
    The Hinkle Name

    The spelling of their last name was changed from Henckel to Hinkle in 1797.

  • 1803
    Tennessee bound

    In 1803, Rev. Henckel’s great grandson Anthony and his wife Catherine Nancy Frey moved their family...

  • 1812
    War of 1812

    The War of 1812 was a conflict fought between the United States and its allies, and the United Kingdom...

  • 1815
    The birth of a founder

    The youngest of eight - Andrew Hinkle, was born in 1815 and is recognized as the founder of Hinkle Chair...

  • 1834
    Hinkle Chair Company

    Andrew Hinkle began Hinkle Chair Company weaving the seats using hand cut strips of various hardwoods...

  • 1860
    Henry Hinkle was born

    Henry Hinkle continued in his father’s footsteps, farming during the growing season and producing ladder...

  • 1861
    Civil War begins

    The American Civil War was a civil war in the United States from 1861 to 1865, fought between northern...

  • 1896
    Willie Bell Hinkle was born

    Born in 1896, Willie Bell would eventually wed Ellie Mae Clinard in 1915. They continued the family...

  • 1914
    World War I begins

    The start of World War I.

  • 1917
    William Winford Hinkle was born

    William Winford Hinkle was born in 1917 just prior to the close of World War I and before the onset of...

  • 1939
    World War II begins

    World War II was the biggest and deadliest war in history, involving more than 30 countries.

  • 1932
    The first Hinkle factory...

     A small country store and a tobacco barn served as a makeshift factory and as production increased...

The Hinkle Team

Passing the torch down six generations to craft quality products and lasting memories.

William Hinkle Jr.

William Hinkle Jr.

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Diane Johnson

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Diane Johnson
Jeff Hinkle

Jeff Hinkle

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