The three stars on Tennessee’s flag represent the Grand Divisions: East, Middle and West, each with a rich heritage. West Tennessee is famous for barbecue, rock 'n' roll and blues music. The heartland of Middle Tennessee is home to Music City, the Cumberland River and antebellum homes. Over in East Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, bluegrass and Appalachian crafts tell quite a story.
Browse the stories, facts, photos and other tidbits below to get a feel for Tennessee. Then, learn more Tennessee facts and state symbols.
We get our state gem from our rivers.
Freshwater pearls are from our river mussels.
Longest running live radio broadcast?
The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville.
The "Birthplace of Country Music."
Made-in-Memphis guitar used all over the world?
Gibson. Tour the Gibson Guitar Factory.
With two state flowers, we’re abloom!
Purple passionflower and iris
What does XVI signify on Tennessee's seal?
Tennessee was the union’s 16th state.
Did you know Tennessee has a state fruit?
It's the tomato.
This city was chosen state capital in 1843.
Nashville. You may know it as “Music City.”
Headquartered in Jamestown, along 127 Corridor?
The World's Longest Yard Sale.
Tennessee borders eight states. Name them!
KY, VA, NC, GA, AL, MS, AR and MO.
This famous African American wrote Roots.
What two state fish were designated in 1988?
The largemouth bass and the channel catfish.
Our state horse has three gaits. Giddyup!
The Tennessee Walking Horse.
Dollywood? Graceland? Historic RCA Studio B?
Sevierville. Memphis. Nashville.
What was the first combination candy bar?
GooGoo Cluster, by Standard Candy Company.
Site for 1996 Olympic whitewater competition.
The rushing Ocoee River.
Can you name the themes on our state seal?
Agriculture and commerce.
Home to Bonnaroo and George Dickel?
This state rock is showcased in buildings.
Limestone. The other state rock is agate.
Music's huge here. How many state songs?
Rocky Top, Tennessee Waltz, plus 7 more!
Our state tree was used for building by pioneers.
Our tulip poplars grow statewide.
"Coat of Many Colors" is her favorite composition.
Pawpaw trees attract this state butterfly.
The gorgeous Zebra Swallowtail.
Host to the world's largest artificial skiing surface.
Tennessee's "Little Grand Canyon"?
The Tennessee River Gorge.
Do you know Tennessee's two state birds?
The mockingbird and the bobwhite quail.
Our state insects: One blinks. Hint, hint.
There’s 3: Firefly, ladybug, honeybee.