For a closeup interpretation of pioneer and early 20th-century Southern Appalachia, visit Museum of Appalachia in Norris. The museum is a collection of more than 30 historic buildings rescued from neglect, gathered onto 63 acres of picturesque pastures. Named an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum preserves a large number of authentic relics, displays one of the nation’s largest folk art collections and hosts traditional Appalachian music performances and demonstrations of regional craftsmen.
Kingsport’s tonic for today’s frenetic life is Exchange Place, a living history farm and once a community that served as a self-supporting plantation. The farm recaptures life in the early 1880s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, nine of the 10 buildings built between 1816 and 1851 are restored on their original foundations.
Study the ways of farming from early Tennesseans at Ellington Agricultural Museum and Tennessee Museum of Early Farm Life. Visit the heart of the state at Williamson County Agriculture Exposition Park with year-round agricultural events. Browse the field of agriculture at West Tennessee Agricultural Museum. Delight in the art of making milk and ice cream at Mayfield Dairy Farms Visitor Center.