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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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Sam Davis Museum
"Self-guided tour of sites relating to the capture and hanging of the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy." From public square monument to site of ...more

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

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Sam Davis Trail
"A four-stop tour - site of capture with monument, site of execution with museum, cemetery where he was briefly buried and life-size statue in town ...more

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

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Sam Houston Schoolhouse
"Houston, the only person in U.S. history to be elected governor in two different states (Tennessee and Texas), moved to Maryville when he was 14 years old. At 16, he ran away from home and was adopted by the Cherokee nation. He returned to Maryville at age 19 and founded the first school built in Tennessee. He served with distinction in ...more

City:  Maryville, TN
Phone:  865-983-1550

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Savannah Historic District and Trail
"A two-mile drive or stroll past 17 historical homes and one commercial building that depict several architectural styles of the era. The homes are privately owned, but visitors are encouraged to stroll or drive through the scenic area to take ...more

City:  Savannah, TN
Phone:  800-552-3866

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Scarritt-Bennett Center Series
"A non-profit conference, retreat, education center in the heart of Nashville. Gothic buildings, gardens, international museum and gift ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-340-7500

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Sergeant Alvin C. York State Historic Park
"Alvin York, one of the nation’s most decorated war heroes, became the public face of the Congressional Medal of Honor after capturing 35 German machine guns and 132 prisoners in the Argonne Forest in 1918. York was a hard-working, hard-fighting sharpshooter, a simple country boy and a religious pacifist who displayed tremendous courage, calm and common sense in taking charge ...more

City:  Pall Mall, TN
Phone:  931-879-6456

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Shelby’s Fort Historical Marker and E.W. King House
"General Evan Shelby erected a fort here in 1771 that sheltered and protected pioneers and sent victorious forces to the Revolutionary War battles of Point Pleasant, Long Island Flats and Chickamauga towns. The house you see behind the marker was built in 1902 by E.W. King, a prominent Bristol businessman. The Bristol Historical Association has plans to restore the ...more

City:  Bristol, TN
Phone:  423-844-0627

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Sheriff Buford Pusser Home & Museum
"The Buford Pusser home and museum is the real home, furnishings and memorabilia of the late Buford ...more

City:  Adamsville, TN
Phone:  731-632-4080

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Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum (Burkle Estate)
"A white clapboard house built in 1849 by Jacob Burkle is rumored to have served as a way station on the Underground Railroad for runaway slaves. A tour of the house includes a visit to a small cellar where slaves waited to ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-527-3427

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Sleepy John Estes House
"Sleepy John Estes, an American bluesman, was also a legendary guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. Born in Ripley, Tennessee, Sleepy John's family moved to Brownsville, Tennessee, when he was 16. His father was a sharecropper who also played guitar, and Sleepy John took a cue from him. Due to an accident in a baseball game, Sleepy John lost sight in his ...more

City:  Brownsville, TN
Phone:  (731) 779-9000

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Smith County Heritage Museum
"The Smith County Heritage Museum is located in Carthage, in the former W.E. Stephen's Building, one of the first manufacturing companies in ...more

City:  Carthage, TN
Phone:  615-735-1104

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Smith Trahern Mansion
"Built by Christopher Smith in 1858 and designed by Adolphus Heiman; later of Forts Heiman, Henry and Donelson. Overlooking the Cumberland River, open weekdays for ...more

City:  Clarksville, TN
Phone:  (931) 648-9998

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Smith-Trahern Mansion
"A beautiful 1850s home overlooking the Cumberland River. Grand hallways, jib windows, a winding staircase and a widow's walk on the roof grace the ...more

City:  Clarksville, TN
Phone:  931-648-9998

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Smyrna Public Library
"This house, now a private residence, was built in the mid-1800s, and was inherited in the 1920s by Frances Neel Cheney, a grand-niece of Sam Davis, after the death of her aunt, Lizzie Davis Tucker. Frances (known as "Fannie") was a professor at Peabody College, and her husband, Brainard "Lon" Cheney, had a long and interesting career as a writer. ...more

City:  Smyrna, TN
Phone:  615-459-4884

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Soldier in Grey
"Dedicated on April 6, 1905, on the 43rd anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh. The hand-chiseled granite monument stands guard on the courthouse lawn at the center of Historic Court ...more

City:  Dyersburg, TN
Phone:  731-286-7800

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Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
"The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail follows the Revolutionary War route of Patriot militia men to the battle of Kings Mountain in ...more

Phone:  864-936-3477

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Overton County Heritage Museum
"Renovated jail tells the story of Overton County from early explorers to present. WPA/CCC projects of the 1930s, African-American section, Alpine Institute pictures and artifacts, one room devoted to schools, Civil War and ...more

City:  Livingston, TN
Phone:  931-403-0909

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Paris Henry County Heritage Center
"The Heritage Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the history of Paris and Henry County, Tennessee. Anyone can be a member of the Heritage Center. Annual member dues are the main source of financial support for the center. Members receive our quarterly newsletter, The Inkwell, and elect trustees of the center ...more

City:  Paris, TN
Phone:  (731) 642-1030

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Paris Historic Downtown
"Unique shops and cafes surround one of the oldest courthouses in Tennessee with antique stores and walking tours of the historic downtown ...more

City:  Paris, TN
Phone:  731-642-1030

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Patsy Cline Memorial
"Memorial at the site of the plane crash that took the lives of Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and their pilot, Randy ...more

City:  Camden, TN
Phone:  877-584-8395

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Percy Warner Park
"Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, collectively known as The Warner Parks, are managed by the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation of Nashville and Davidson County. The Warner Parks are the largest municipally administered parks in Tennessee and together span 2684 acres of forest and field, 9 miles from downtown Nashville. Over 500,000 people visit the Parks annually to utilize ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  (615) 352-6299

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Pickett’s Chapel Methodist Chuch
"After the war, recently emancipated African Americans bought this former Methodist building where some had worshipped as slaves, and established their own church in 1866.  Rev. Calvin Pickett served as the first minister.  The National Register listed building is now undergoing restoration to become a black history museum for Wilson ...more

City:  Lebanon, TN
Phone:  800-789-1327

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Pilot Knob/Nathan Bedford Forest State Park
"Tennessee River Folklife Museum sits atop the highest point in West Tennessee. Displays, exhibits and programs offered. Wildlife ...more

City:  Eva, TN
Phone:  800-714-7305

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Pinckney's Tomb Gravehouse
"One of the largest grave houses in the state of ...more

City:  Linden, TN
Phone:  931-589-5011

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Pioneer Hall Museum
"Built between the years of 1887 and 1889, Pioneer Hall housed the first dormitory for the Pleasant Hill Academy, a mission school established in the 1884 to educate “mountain boys and girls in Christian education.” So important was Pioneer Hall, it was the first building in the county to be placed on the National Historic Register. Today, the museum features ...more

City:  Pleasant Hill, TN
Phone:  931-277-5313

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Point Park
"Point Park commemorates the 1863 battles for Chattanooga. Point Park Visitor Center houses the James Walker Painting, "Battle of Lookout ...more

City:  Lookout Mountain, TN
Phone:  423-821-7786

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Presbyterian Church
"Founded in 1880, services are held in the 1892 building constructed by the ancestor of one of the ...more

City:  Tiptonville, TN
Phone:  731-253-8144

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Presbyterian Church
"Circa-1854 church used by the Union Army as a hospital and ...more

City:  Clifton, TN
Phone:  931-676-3370

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President Andrew Johnson Museum & Library
"First (1841) college building. Includes President's personal books and Tusculum College archives on display. Oldest college in Tennessee. 23rd oldest in ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  800-729-0256

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Promised Land Trail
"The Promised Land Trail is waiting for you: discover the fertile land that beckoned Tennessee’s first settlers from Northeast Tennessee, over the Cumberland Plateau, into Nashville and beyond. Along the first road into Tennessee, the Avery Trace, as well as the historic Walton Road that ran parallel to Highway 70, many believed they would reach a “promised land” at the end ...more

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