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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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Southeast Tennessee Civil War Trail
"Southeast Tennessee's Civil War Trails, Fighting for the Rails brochure provides a designated path for southeast Tennessee travelers to follow as they explore sites associated with the American Civil War in Tennessee. The brochure has 47 sites and covers 10 counties. Southeast Tennessee Tourism Association (SETTA) worked in conjunction with Middle Tennessee State University's Center for Historic Preservation and ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  (423) 424-4267

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Spring Hill Battlefield
"Interpretative walking trail at site of one of the most controversial events of the Civil ...more

City:  Spring Hill, TN
Phone:  888-852-1860

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St. John Milling Company
"Tennessee's oldest business, St. John Mill, has been operating for more than 200 years. Master stone mason Jeremia Dungan, original owner of the mill, built the original foundation of the mill from hand-chiseled stone and hand-hewn timber more than 200 years ago. Still owned by family members, the mill now specializes in all aspects of farm needs as well as local honey, ...more

City:  Watauga, TN
Phone:  423-928-5841

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String Town
"In the 1890s, this area south of The Old Mill was called “String Town” because several houses were strung together in a row along the riverbank. Two original houses remain. In 1988, one became the First National Bank and much of the structure was ...more

City:  Pigeon Forge, TN

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Surrender House/Dover Hotel
"Site of the surrender of Fort Donelson. Original structure built in 1851 was formerly the Dover ...more

City:  Dover, TN
Phone:  931-232-5706

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Sutton Homestead
"Restored 1880's ...more

City:  Granville, TN
Phone:  (931) 653-4151

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Swaggerty Fort
"This fort is the only frontier blockhouse remaining on its original site in Tennessee. Built by James Swaggerty in 1787, it served as both shelter for travelers and protection from Native Americans. Located on land of his Uncle Abraham Swaggerty, it consists of three levels. The cantilevered structure was built over a stream which provided a water supply. The Fort was ...more

City:  Parrottsville, TN

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area
"Nature, as well as history, is in full view at Sycamore Shoals. A prime example of an East Tennessee river valley, the park sits beside the Watauga River. Bottomland forest is an excellent habitat for sycamore trees, annuals, many bird species, two butterfly gardens, and colonial ...more

City:  Elizabethton, TN
Phone:  423-543-5808

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T.S. Stribling Museum
"Public library housed in the home of Pulitzer Prize winner T.S. ...more

City:  Clifton, TN
Phone:  931-676-3678

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Taylor Home at Sabine Hill
"This home was built around 1815 for Nathaniel Taylor, a general in the War of 1812 and the first sheriff of Carter County. Taylor’s two great-grandsons, Alfred and Robert, went on to be governors of ...more

City:  Elizabethton, TN

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Tennessee Ernie Ford Home
"Home of world-renowned musician and entertainer, Tennessee Ernie Ford, born in Bristol. House features artifacts of his storied ...more

City:  Bristol, TN
Phone:  276-466-9116

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Tennessee Museum of Early Farm Life
"The museum is housed in two salvaged barns, one made of American chestnut. Many antiques on display including carriages, tractors and ...more

City:  Spring Hill, TN
Phone:  931-215-2359

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Tennessee Newspaper & Printing Museum
"Tennessee's only newspaper museum located in the town where Tennessee's first paper was printed in 1791. National Register ...more

City:  Rogersville, TN
Phone:  423-272-1961

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Tennessee River Gorge
"The only large river canyon bordering a mid-sized city, the Tennessee River Gorge is a unique carving of the river through the Cumberland Plateau, encompassing 27,000 acres. Habitats for more than a thousand varieties of plants, trees, grasses and flowers as well as a diversified wildlife population exist in this scenic terrain. The Gorge is referred to as "Tennessee's Grand Canyon," ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-266-0314

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Tennessee State Capitol
"Finished in 1859, the historic Tennessee State Capitol is one of the oldest working capitols in the country and designated as a civil engineering landmark for its innovative construction. The distinctive tower is designed after the monument of Lysicrates in Athens, Greece. The architect, William Strickland, died in 1854 and is entombed above the cornerstone. The exterior and interior walls ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  800-407-4324

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Prospect Historic Downtown
"Entertainment museum (1890-1999), including a "silent movie" theater, a gristmill and an old-fashioned ice cream and pizza parlor. ...more

City:  Prospect, TN
Phone:  931-424-1212

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Railroad Memorial Pavilion
"Erin's rich rail history is dominated by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. See an L & N boxcar, caboose and railroad ...more

City:  Erin, TN
Phone:  931-289-5100

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Ramsey House Plantation
"Experience life on America's frontier in the 1797 house with acreage, exhibits and heirloom garden. Once considered "the most costly and most admired house in Tennessee,"it is one of the few surviving houses designed by Tennessee's first formally trained architect, Thomas Hope. In addition to its architectural significance, the house was home to the family of Col. Francis Ramsey and ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-546-0745

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Readyville Mill
"Readyville Mill was built in 1812 to serve the needs of Tennessee's earliest settlers. The grounds include a four story Gristmill, an Ice house, the Grainery building, a Smoke house and the Millers cabin. Having undergone extensive restoration the mill is once again producing stoneground, whole wheat flour, cornmeal, and ...more

City:  Readyville, TN
Phone:  (615) 409-1405

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Rice 18th Century Gristmill
"The Rice Family operated the mill in Union County from 1798 - 1935 when TVA moved it to Norris Dam. During the summer the mill grinds ...more

City:  Lake City, TN
Phone:  865-494-0720

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Ring of Fire Trail
"The Ring of Fire Trail is waiting for you: a trail of music, history and landscape that will capture your soul like a heart-wrenching country ballad. You can almost hear the music as you drive through the lush Tennessee landscape dotted with wineries, small towns, farms and villages. The area’s rural roots continue to emerge as you pass by local ...more

City:  Nashville, TN

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River Gallery Sculpture Garden
"River Gallery Sculpture Garden opened with its first outdoor sculpture exhibit in May 1993. The garden, designed by landscape architect Joe Baasch, is a two-acre outdoor exhibit space located in the Bluff View Art District overlooking the Tennessee River and was recently included in Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens. Regionally, nationally and internationally recognized sculptors are represented in the collection, ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  (423) 265-5033

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Riverside Cemetery
"Self-guided tour of resting place for 140 unknown and 40 known Confederate soldiers. Founded in 1821. Thirty acres of statues, monuments, and ...more

City:  Jackson, TN
Phone:  731-424-1279

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Roane County Museum of History & Art
"Housed in one of seven remaining antebellum courthouses in Tennessee, the museum showcases artifacts and displays of Roane County and Tennessee history. It also contains a genealogical and historical ...more

City:  Kingston, TN
Phone:  865-376-9211

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Robertson County Archives
"Maintains all records normally found in a courthouse dating back to ...more

City:  Springfield, TN
Phone:  615-382-6928

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Robertson County History Museum
"The museum, located in the former U.S. Post Office, showcases the unique history of the county, including its tobacco and whiskey ...more

City:  Springfield, TN
Phone:  615-382-7173

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Rocky Mount Museum
"Built between 1770 - 1772. Interpreters portray life when Rocky Mount served as capital of the Southwest Territory. Experience frontier ...more

City:  Piney Flats, TN
Phone:  888-538-1791

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Rogersville Historic District
"National Register Historic district referred to as "Tennessee's largest collection of Federal-type architecture," dating from ...more

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

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Rutherford County Courthouse & East Main Street Historic District
"Built in 1859, this pre-Civil War structure is still a working county building. This was the site of General Morgan's raid before ...more

City:  Murfreesboro, TN
Phone:  615-895-1887

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Saint Joseph Catholic Church
"Church was completed in 1885 by Father Paul Rohjans. Only consecrated church in Tennessee. Constructed by German immigrants of quarried ...more

City:  Saint Joseph, TN
Phone:  931-762-1401

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