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Tennesseans appreciate their history and heritage, from the music that moves us to the movers and shakers who changed history.

Explore the many historic homes and heritage towns, like the utopian village of Rugby, and museums that stand as reminders of Tennessee's rich past. Learn about the U.S. Presidents that called Tennessee home; visit Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, the only surviving residence of James K. Polk, and the Andrew Johnson Historic Site. Put yourself in the shoes of frontiersman David Crockett or learn about music pioneers like Elvis Presley and W.C. Handy, the father of the blues.

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Agricultural Museum
"Originally chartered by the general assembly in 1957, the Tennessee Agricultural Museum now stands as one of Tennessee's best collections of artifacts relating to the pioneering days of Tennessee farm families. Located at Ellington Agricultural Center in south Nashville, the museum is housed in a former horse barn, originally part of the Brentwood Hall estate of financier Rogers Caldwell. Find ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-837-5197

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Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center
"Originally known as the Palmer House, this ten-room, bungalow style home was constructed in 1918 and 1919 by Will E. Palmer, the maternal grandfather of Alex Haley (1921-1992). From 1921 to 1929, and during some subsequent summers, Alex Haley lived here with his grandparents, Will and Cynthia Palmer. The front porch was often the place where young Alex heard the ...more

City:  Henning, TN
Phone:  731-738-2240

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Allandale Mansion
"Reserve the mansion or one of the barns for a wedding reception, dinner party, anniversary, birthday, tour, or special ...more

City:  Kingsport, TN
Phone:  423-229-9422

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Andrew Johnson Hotel
"(Private Property) Named in honor of President (and Tennessee native) Andrew Johnson and once the finest hotel in Knoxville, this 1928 building hosted many notable guests, including Amelia Earhart, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Duke Ellington. Its penthouse radio studio broadcast both country and jazz music and witnessed the end of two major musical careers: country legend Hank Williams spend the last ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN

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Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
"The site marks the home of the 17th president, who succeeded Lincoln and oversaw Reconstruction. Born in 1808, Andrew Johnson ran away from home with his brother to Greeneville, Tennessee, at age 16, where he became a tailor. Johnson and his wife, Eliza McCardle, had five children. Eliza tutored her husband in arithmetic, algebra, basic literacy and writing skills. Johnson organized ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  423-638-3551

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Anna Mary Dowden House Museum
"This museum contains a vast collection of artifacts and historical accounts pertaining to the events and people of the area since its ...more

City:  Ridgetop, TN
Phone:  615-851-9468

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APTA Historic Homes
"In just a short drive around W. 6th Street, you’ll find many restored homes recognized by the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee ...more

City:  Columbia, TN

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Archie Campbell Tourism Complex
"Hometown of the late "Hee-Haw" star, Archie Campbell. Includes his childhood home, career memorabilia and restored caboose ...more

City:  Bulls Gap, TN
Phone:  423-272-2186

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Ardmore City Hall
"Ardmore is located in two states and four counties; Giles and Lincoln Counties in Tennessee and Limestone and Madison Counties in Alabama. It has grown from a one store-house built in 1911 to a thriving town of businesses, churches, schools, and a factory. It also has its own fire and police department and sports ...more

City:  Ardmore, TN
Phone:  256-423-7588

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Armour's Hotel
"Built in 1924 by attorney John Smith and originally called Smith's Brick Hotel, the hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also, on property is a bookstore and gift shop with Precious Moments and Thomas Kinkade items. You don't have to be an overnight guest to enjoy Armour's great country cooking. Groups of 12 or more can enjoy ...more

City:  Red Boiling Springs, TN
Phone:  615-699-2180

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Armstrong-Lockett House & W.P. Toms Memorial Gardens "Crescent Bend"
"The Armstrong-Lockett House built in 1834 just west of downtown Knoxville, this southern antebellum home was once the centerpiece of a 600 acre working farm and is named for its prominent setting overlooking a majestic crescent bend in the Tennessee River. Meticulously restored in 1977, Crescent Bend is furnished with Eighteenth Century antique furniture, decorative arts, and an outstanding collection ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-637-3163

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Asoociation for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities Historic Homes
"With its mission to promote participation in the preservation of Tennessee’s rich historic, cultural, architectural and archeological heritage through restoration, education, advocacy and statewide cooperation, the Association of the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities is the oldest statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization in the State of Tennessee and the fourth oldest in the nation. Since 1951, APTA has been preserving and maintaining ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  (615) 352-8247

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Austin Peay State University
"Founded in 1927 APSU is home to award-winning music, art and sports. Several art galleries are located on campus along with hundreds of theatre productions and musical performances each year. Check out the University's sports page to see the list of upcoming games and ...more

City:  Clarksville, TN
Phone:  800-264-2586

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Baker Peters Jazz Club and Restaurant
"Whether enjoying live jazz on a festive evening or tucked away in cozy room for a delicious dining experience, you are sure to feel relaxed and rewarded at Baker Peters Jazz Club and Restaurant. History of the home that plays host to the club is as rich as the fare. Steaks, fresh seafood, creative sauces and vegetables are part of ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  (865) 690-8110

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Barton Springs
"Construction for this now private residence home began in 1791 near the Great Indian Warpath/Great Stage Road. The surrounding community became known as Barton’s Spring after Isaac Barton expanded the structure in 1820. Three unmarked graves of Civil War fatalities are located on the property, and it is said soldiers from both sides benefited from the spring’s cooling ...more

City:  Morristown, TN

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Affair at Travisville
"September 29th., 1861 marks the date of what has become known as the Affair at Travisville. Until the events of this day transpired, people locally had assured themselves that they were too far off the beaten paths to see any fighting. The event of that particular Sunday, one hundred and forty one years ago, represents the first military action in ...more

City:  Byrdstown, TN
Phone:  888-406-4704

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Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center
"Originally known as the Palmer House, this ten-room, bungalow style home was constructed in 1918 and 1919 by Will E. Palmer, the maternal grandfather of Alex Haley (1921-1992). From 1921 to 1929, and during some subsequent summers, Alex Haley lived here with his grandparents, Will and Cynthia Palmer. The front porch was often the place where young Alex heard the ...more

City:  Henning, TN
Phone:  731-738-2240

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Alex Haley Statue at Haley Heritage Square
"Magnificent statue honoring Alex Haley, author of <I>Roots.</I> Designed for interaction, the statue is surrounded by a playground and city park. A 13-foot bronze statue of author, storyteller and humanitarian Alex Haley in a striking pose accents Haley Heritage Square. The Statue, sculpted by internationally acclaimed sculptor Tina Allen, depicts Haley gazing toward the Smoky Mountains. He spent the last fourteen ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  800-727-8045

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All in One Destination Tour Packages
"Discover the rich history, great scenery, and incredible fun of Tennessee and the Great Smoky ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  800-421-4422

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Allandale Mansion
"Reserve the mansion or one of the barns for a wedding reception, dinner party, anniversary, birthday, tour, or special ...more

City:  Kingsport, TN
Phone:  423-229-9422

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American Museum of Science & Energy
"American Museum of Science and Energy is a center for exploration dedicated to the WWII Manhattan Project history and the science that emerged from Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Live demonstrations, interactive exhibits and presentations. Open daily. Self-guided tour. Allow two hours. Family ...more

City:  Oak Ridge, TN
Phone:  865-576-3200

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Anderson Townhouse
"This hand-hewn house fronting the Great Stage Road is the original ca. 1792 dwelling. This was the meeting place for the first county government in 1795. The Traditional Appalachian Heritage Musical Association hosts live jam sessions on Fridays at 6 p.m. Also open by appointment. Legends handed down through the years "suggest" that this building was the Colonel John Anderson townhouse ...more

City:  Blountville, TN
Phone:  423-323-4660

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Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
"The site marks the home of the 17th president, who succeeded Lincoln and oversaw Reconstruction. Born in 1808, Andrew Johnson ran away from home with his brother to Greeneville, Tennessee, at age 16, where he became a tailor. Johnson and his wife, Eliza McCardle, had five children. Eliza tutored her husband in arithmetic, algebra, basic literacy and writing skills. Johnson organized ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  423-638-3551

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Anna Mary Dowden House Museum
"This museum contains a vast collection of artifacts and historical accounts pertaining to the events and people of the area since its ...more

City:  Ridgetop, TN
Phone:  615-851-9468

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Appalachian Caverns and Campground
"Offering an hour guided tour through beautiful formations and bridges. Historical site used during the Civil War as a hospital. Campsites and picnic areas are ...more

City:  Blountville, TN
Phone:  (423) 323-2337

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Appalachian GhostWalks
"Appalachian GhostWalks' Smoky Mountain Tennessee Ghost and History Tours are lantern-led by real, professionally Certified Ghost Hunters who recount "spine-tingling" stories of real history and real ghosts - bring the whole family, or tour group on a Tennessee "Haunted Vacation" with Appalachian GhostWalks' Tennessee Ghost Tours and Tennessee History Tours. "Appalachian GhostWalks" has designed tour packages to help save you money ...more

City:  Jonesborough, TN
Phone:  (423) 743-9255

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Ardmore City Hall
"Ardmore is located in two states and four counties; Giles and Lincoln Counties in Tennessee and Limestone and Madison Counties in Alabama. It has grown from a one store-house built in 1911 to a thriving town of businesses, churches, schools, and a factory. It also has its own fire and police department and sports ...more

City:  Ardmore, TN
Phone:  256-423-7588

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Armstrong-Lockett House & W.P. Toms Memorial Gardens "Crescent Bend"
"The Armstrong-Lockett House built in 1834 just west of downtown Knoxville, this southern antebellum home was once the centerpiece of a 600 acre working farm and is named for its prominent setting overlooking a majestic crescent bend in the Tennessee River. Meticulously restored in 1977, Crescent Bend is furnished with Eighteenth Century antique furniture, decorative arts, and an outstanding collection ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-637-3163

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Ashland City/Cheatham County Historic Town Square
"Two-story, brick courthouse completed in 1869. Now a national register historic landmark centered in a traditionally Southern public ...more

City:  Ashland City, TN
Phone:  615-792-3623

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Backbeat Tours
"The Home of the Blues comes alive aboard Memphis' only music bus! See Beale Street, Sun Studio, Stax Records, the Lorraine Motel, movie locations, and more, but the music is the difference on this tour. All of Backbeat’s guides are Memphis musicians, who play and sing selections from the city’s rich musical heritage along with generous amounts of ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  877-230-0331

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Appalachian GhostWalks
"Appalachian GhostWalks' Smoky Mountain Tennessee Ghost and History Tours are lantern-led by real, professionally Certified Ghost Hunters who recount "spine-tingling" stories of real history and real ghosts - bring the whole family, or tour group on a Tennessee "Haunted Vacation" with Appalachian GhostWalks' Tennessee Ghost Tours and Tennessee History Tours. "Appalachian GhostWalks" has designed tour packages to help save you money ...more

City:  Jonesborough, TN
Phone:  (423) 743-9255

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Beaman Park and Nature Center
"Beaman Park preserves and protects the natural, historical, cultural and recreational features of the area in and around Beaman Park. The park hosts monthly interpretive hikes, which meet at the Creekside Trailhead, and has many wildflower plantings. This wild and rugged land is a unique treasure in Nashville's park system. The area was once known as Paradise Ridge, and while the ...more

City:  Ashland City, TN
Phone:  615-862-8580

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Bell Buckle Antique & Craft District
"Enjoy our quaint Victorian village with 12 unique shops, two antique malls and our local cafe. Host of many festivals throughout the year including the RC-Moon Pie Festival the 3rd Saturday in ...more

City:  Bell Buckle, TN
Phone:  931-389-9663

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Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
"Nashville frequently shows off the view from Bicentennial Mall for the entire nation to enjoy; most televised sporting events broadcast the view from the mall, which was designed to preserve the area’s only unobstructed view of the antebellum state capitol building. Built to honor the state’s 200th anniversary in 1996, the park occupies a piece of land that was part of ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-741-5280

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Bolivar Historic District Walking Tour
"Blessed with classic architectural styles running the gamut from Greek Revival to Italianate, Bolivar's historic districts hearken back to a day when nearly fanatical attention to detail could be seen from initial design to the detailed decorative carvings throughout the buildings. The famed Philadelphia-based architect Fletcher Sloan has left his mark of genius through a number of post-bellum homes that ...more

City:  Bolivar, TN
Phone:  (731) 658-6554

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Burchfiel Grove and Arboretum
"Located off of Hardin Lane in Sevierville, this arboretum is a part of the greenway system that runs along the Little Pigeon River. One can find over 30 different species of trees and numerous species of shrubs labeled all along the trail. For more information contact the Sevierville Parks & Recreation Department at ...more

City:  Sevierville, TN
Phone:  865-453-5441

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Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area
"This 200-acre oak-hickory forest has open glades dominated by native grasses with several rare plant communities; it’'s an excellent example of a rich and diverse ecosystem featuring Tennessee limestone glades or “barrens.” Start a 2-mile hike through this lush forest at the parking area. Carroll Cabin Barrens is in the Western Valley of the Tennessee River, recognized by some experts ...more

City:  Bath Springs, TN
Phone:  731-847-6225

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Centerville Historic Town Square
"Relax on the lawn of our historic courthouse while observing a game of checkers. Shop around the square where people meet and greet each other. Restaurants, antiques, banking, beauty shops, variety shops and others, all in walking ...more

City:  Centerville, TN
Phone:  931-729-5774

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Century Farm Winery
"Century Farm Winery offers free tastings, winery tours, vineyard tours, and a relaxed country atmosphere. Come enjoy the grounds and taste Century Farm Winery's award-winning wines. Century Farm Winery is pleased to show visitors around our winery! We have the best selection of wines in West Tennessee: dry, sweet, red, white; we have something that will satisfy even the most discerning ...more

City:  Jackson, TN
Phone:  731-424-7437

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Chattanooga History Walking Tours on the Riverfront
"The Riverfront is at the core of Chattanooga's history, and it is the one place in our community from which sites related to the first settlers, the Cherokees, the Civil War, reconstruction, industrialization, and the renaissance can be visually referenced. Take a short walk, approximately 6 blocks, with our guide, and get an overview of the fascinating history of this ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-265-3247

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Cherokee Trail of Audubon Acres
"The arboretum is located on 130 acres in the East Brainerd neighborhood of Chattanooga. The trail identifies trees not only with their common and botanical names but also with their Cherokee Indian names and uses. Audubon Acres is open daily to the public and offers the community a peaceful, quiet place to experience nature in the midst of heavy urbanization. ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-892-1499

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Chimneyrock Elementary School Arboretum
"Virtually the entire 25-acre campus, in Cordova, is covered with their extensive outdoor classroom, which includes gardens and their arboretum. The philosophy of Chimneyrock is that students, teachers, staff and administrators, parents and community members should share the responsibility for providing a learning environment, which supports the school-wide focus on environmental awareness. Visitors are welcome but are encouraged to sign ...more

City:  Cordova, TN
Phone:  901-765-2316

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Clarksville Greenway Pedestrian Bridge
"The pedestrian bridge is located at the left side of the Pollard Road Trailhead, offering a 600-foot panoramic view, as well as about a mile and a fourth of additional trail. The 600-foot bridge was designed to mimic a train trestle, keeping with the Rails to Trails theme of converting old railroad beds into walking paths. The Clarksville Greenway offers free ...more

City:  Clarksville, TN

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Cleveland Downtown Historic Walking Tour
"This self-guided walking tour allows you to personally experience downtown Cleveland's unique history. Enjoy charming shops and eateries located along the tour route. Guide books are available at the Museum Center and ...more

City:  Cleveland, TN
Phone:  800-472-6588

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Cleveland State Community College
"This arboretum includes the grounds of the college and contains the only known Coast Redwood growing in Tennessee. The objective for this arboretum is to provide an outdoor learning classroom for biology students and to provide a self-learning activity for the greater community served by Cleveland State. For more information contact the college at ...more

City:  Cleveland, TN
Phone:  423-473-2342

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