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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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Harvey McLemore House
"This house was built by a former slave and remained in the family for over a century. Today, the historic home is a museum, and one of the few Freedmen’s residences still standing in the area. Open by ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  615-794-2270

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Headquarters Row
"Commanders from both sides used the Richardson House, located nearby at 320 Walnut St, as headquarters. When U.S. Grant arrived he first used the house but moved to the Lattner house at the corner of First and Walnut streets. Grant prepared his campaign to relieve the city from there. William T. Sherman used the house after Grant ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN

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Henegar House
"Henry Henegar served as wagonmaster and secretary under Cherokee Chief John Ross and accompanied the Cherokee west on the Trail of Tears. After his return east, he constructed this federalstyle home in 1849 on the site of military barracks of what was once Fort Cass. Both Union and Confederate troops slept here during the Civil War, including General William T. ...more

City:  Charleston, TN

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Hermitage Garden
"Andrew Jackson hired an English gardener, William Frost, in 1819 at the recommendation of a friend to plan and lay out the garden at The Hermitage. The garden covers more than an acre and contains many of the flowers available in the 1800s. It was a place that Rachel Jackson loved so much that President Jackson had a special gazebo-like ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-889-2941, ext. 220

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High Point
"Said to be frequented by Al Capone, the stone home of Irene Mabee was added to the National Historic Register in 1997. Reservations ...more

City:  Monteagle, TN
Phone:  931-924-4600

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Hiram Masonic Lodge No. 7
"The first three-story building in Tennessee, and once the tallest west of the Alleghenies, the Franklin Masonic Lodge has an interesting history. Called one of the most significant historic buildings in the South by many experts in architecture, it has served as home of Hiram #7 ever since its completion, making it the oldest continuing lodge in the same ...more

City:  Franklin, TN

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Historic Chockley Tavern
"A 150-year old wayside railroad inn stands ready for groups up to 47 with Southern songs, Civil War tales and meals served by costumed ...more

City:  Wartrace, TN
Phone:  931-389-0545

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Historic Collinsville
"A log pioneer settlement interprets life in middle Tennessee during the 1800s. The original buildings are furnished and restored ...more

City:  Southside, TN
Phone:  931-216-2911

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Historic Cragfont
"The finest mansion house on the Tennessee Frontier. Cragfont was known as "The Grandeur on the Frontier". It was built by General James Winchester, a Brigadier General in the War of 1812 and one of the founders of Memphis. The house is furnished with authentic American Federal antiques some of which are original pieces of the Winchester ...more

City:  Castalian Springs, TN
Phone:  615-452-7070

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Historic District of Reliance
"National Register tour 1895 Watchman's House, 1899 church and school, 1888 Vaughn-Webb House and Webb Brothers Store on Hiwassee scenic river in Cherokee National ...more

City:  Reliance, TN
Phone:  (187) 793-2723

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Historic Downtown Dickson
"Civil War soldiers built the railroad that now fronts the Historic Halbrook Hotel, War Memorial Building and the new city park. Just off the railroad you will find, not only the Old Train Depot., but also the birthplace of Frank Clement in the Halbrook Hotel. See the War Memorial Building that is one of only two Depression-era War Memorial Buildings in ...more

City:  Dickson, TN
Phone:  877-718-4967

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Historic Downtown Franklin
"Fifteen block National Register Historic District with more than 70 unique shops, restaurants and ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  615-591-8500

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Historic Downtown Rockwood
"In the quaint historic downtown area of Rockwood visitors will find antique & specialty shops, an ole-timey soda fountain, Glitterville Studios, country cooking & fine dining, and foot-stompin' fun at a bluegrass music show, all within a city block. Rockwood is home to the Annual Christmas Home Tour complete with civil war re-enactments the 1st weekend in December and is ...more

City:  Rockwood, TN
Phone:  865-354-0611

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Historic Elm Springs
"A Greek revival mansion built in 1837. Consisting of a two-story red brick construction, it sits on a hilltop on the outskirts of ...more

City:  Columbia, TN
Phone:  800-MYSOUTH

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Historic Enochs Farm
"Nestled in the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee along the peaceful waters of Little Blue Creek rests The Enoch's Farm House Inn. The Enoch's Farm House Inn offers you more than just a place to sleep; it offers you a home away from home. Ma's Kitchen has a full function microwave, a small high-efficiency refrigerator, and a two-compartment sink. Come ...more

City:  McEwen, TN
Phone:  931-582-3385

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GCHS Heritage Center
"Heritage ...more

City:  Tracy City, TN
Phone:  (931) 592-6008

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George L. Carter Railroad Museum
"Learn about Johnson City's railroad history through models and ...more

City:  Johnson City, TN
Phone:  615-929-3733

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Giles County Courthouse
"Erected in 1909, the neoclassical building is marked by tall Corinthian columns. In the cupola, the 1858 bell still strikes the hours. Solid brass door pulls are incised "Giles." One of the most beautiful courthouses in the ...more

City:  Pulaski, TN
Phone:  (931) 424-4044

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Giles County Historic Site Tour
"Driving tour of historic homes and sites over the entire ...more

City:  Pulaski, TN
Phone:  931-424-4044

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Giles County Historical Society & Museum
"Museum of early Giles County history and Civil War in Giles County. Genealogy ...more

City:  Pulaski, TN
Phone:  931-363-2720

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Giles County Trail of Tears Memorial

City:  Pulaski, TN
Phone:  931-424-4044

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Glenmore Mansion
"This 1869 historic landmark is a near-perfect example of Second Empire Victorian architecture. Built on land where the Civil War Battle of Mossy Creek was fought, the property still maintains the family/Civil War cemetery. Special heritage events are held during the year, such as gardening, storytelling, and holiday fairs. Tours available, ...more

City:  Jefferson City, TN

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Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
"Visit Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and celebrate the cultural heritage of East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains region. Two galleries, movie, 12 historic outbuildings, concerts and other special events throughout the year. Check Events calendar for details. And don't forget Cades Cove Heritage Tours -- leave the driving to us and enjoy all the sights and sounds of ...more

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  865-448-0044

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Green McAdoo Cultural Center
"On August 27, 1956, twelve young people in Clinton, Tennessee walked into history and changed the world. They were the first students to desegregate a state-supported high school in the South. Clinton High School holds the honor of having the first Black to graduate from a public high school in the South. The events of that school year and the years ...more

City:  Clinton, TN
Phone:  865-463-6500

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Hale House/Patterson Hotel
"Built in 1898 as a private residence and has served as a railroad hotel and later as a boarding house. Today it is a bed and breakfast. Tours by ...more

City:  Watertown, TN
Phone:  615-237-9999

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Hallehurst
"Now open for tours, weddings and receptions by Reservation Only. No Saturday tours will be ...more

City:  Pulaski, TN
Phone:  931-424-8510

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Hannum-Wirt-Rhea House
"Circa 1830 house of the Hannum-Wirt and Rhea families, being restored as the Fayette County Museum & Cultural Center. Open by ...more

City:  Somerville, TN
Phone:  901-465-4476

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Hawkins County Courthouse
"Oldest original courthouse in TN, built in 1836, and the second oldest in continued use. One of the most photographed buildings in the South, it was occupied by both Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War. ...more

City:  Rogersville, TN
Phone:  423-272-2186

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Haywood County Museum
"The history of Haywood County from Native Americans to the present is displayed using photographs, memorabilia and documents, including special sports room. Among the community treasures is a rare collection on Abraham Lincoln's life, including many documents, books, artifacts, and pictures. Located in the city's historic ...more

City:  Brownsville, TN
Phone:  731-772-4883

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Hermitage Garden
"Andrew Jackson hired an English gardener, William Frost, in 1819 at the recommendation of a friend to plan and lay out the garden at The Hermitage. The garden covers more than an acre and contains many of the flowers available in the 1800s. It was a place that Rachel Jackson loved so much that President Jackson had a special gazebo-like ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-889-2941, ext. 220

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