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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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Dempster-Francis House
"This 1924 home was the residence of George Dempster, a former mayor of Knoxville. Dempster, was a successful entrepreneur until the Great Depression, but had to auction this house in 1932. He made a strong comeback however, holding 75 patents, and is best known as the inventor of the Dempster Dumpster, which revolutionized solid waste disposal across the U.S. Tour ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN

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Dickson-Ledbetter-Sparks Home
"A historically registered home, probably built in the early 1800s. Believed to have served as the Perry County Court in the ...more

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

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Dickson-Williams Mansion
"Wealthy Irish immigrant William Dickson used a team of highly skilled Irish artisans and slaves to build this high Federal style mansion in 1821 for his only child, Catherine. In 1823 Catherine and her new husband, Dr. Alexander Williams, began a life of lavish entertaining. Guests at the mansion included three presidents, the Marquis de Lafayette, and David Crockett. The house ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  423-787-0500

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Doak House Museum
"Original home of Samuel Witherspoon Doak. Museum depicts the role the Doak family played in the religion and education of the people of the Southwest ...more

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

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Downtown Dickson
"Visit the new city park, eight antique malls and historic buildings. Over 50 retail stores surround the railroad built by Civil War ...more

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

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Downtown Greeneville Historic District
"Bricked sidewalks lined with historic homes. Features the 4 corners of Andrew Johnson, tailor shop and museum, early home, statue and birthplace ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  423-638-4111

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Downtown North/Old North Knoxville
"Historic neighborhoods thrive on both sides of Broadway--Fourth and Gill on the right, and Old North on the left. Cruise these streets to see examples of Queen Anne, shotgun, Victorian, Craftsman, Tudor Revival, and other late 19th- and early 20th-century architecture. The area, once known as "trolleyburb" and called North Knoxville, linked factory workers to the city by electric streetcars ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN

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Dr. James A. Ross House & Medical Office
"This 1872 house and outbuilding were once the home and practice of Confederate veteran Dr. James Ross. The house served as the county hospital in the 1940s. In fact, many of today’s Pikeville residents were born in these very rooms. Visit the Bledsoe County Museum of History inside to see antique medical equipment,farm equipment, and everything in between. It’s a ...more

City:  Pikeville, TN

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Drouillard House & Conference Center
"Beautifully restored 1870 mansion historic register. Available for groups only. Not open to public. Call for ...more

City:  Cumberland Furnace, TN
Phone:  800-341-7434

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Ducktown Basin Museum
"The museum is located on the Burra Burra Mine site and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Burra Burra Mine site is a Tennessee Historical Commission State-Owned Historic Site. The site consists of 10 buildings on 17 acres and was the headquarters for Tennessee Copper Company's mine operations from 1899 to 1975. The museum's mission is ...more

City:  Ducktown, TN
Phone:  423-496-5778

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Dwight & Kate Wade House
"The Wades purchased plans for this 1940s home while on their honeymoon at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The “Garden Home” design was an Art Moderne style house plan featured in the exhibit “Town of Tomorrow” and was created by famed female architect Verna Cook Salomonsky. The Wade House may be the first documented replica of a “Town of ...more

City:  Sevierville, TN
Phone:  865-453-6411

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East Tennessee History Center
"Begin your exploration of the region's history at the East Tennessee History Center. Located here are the McClung Historical Collection, a premier genealogical research library, the Museum of East Tennessee History covering 300 years of life in the region, the offices of the East Tennessee Historical Society, and the Knox County Archives, with records dating to ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  (865) 215-8824

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Elizabethton Walking Tour
"A self-guided walking tour. Tour the historic structures along this mainly level route. Shop and eat in the historic downtown area. Brochures available at the Chamber of ...more

City:  Elizabethton, TN
Phone:  423-547-3852

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Elm Hill
"(Private Residence) Built in 1890 by B.D. Jones and his wife Townszella Randolph, Jones' daughter Anna married future Tennessee governor Ben Hooper here in 1901, and later used the house as a vacation ...more

City:  Newport, TN

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Elvis Presley's Graceland
"Explore the personal life of Elvis Presley and learn how his revolutionary style and unique sound changed the face of popular music and culture forever with audio-guided tours and exhibits like the new "Elvis' Tupelo Exhibit," the "ICON: The Influence of Elvis Presley" exhibit, custom jets, and "Elvis’ Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More!" Browse one of the gift shops and enjoy ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  (800) 238-2000

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Cross Plains Heritage Museum, Library & Archives
"Exhibits detail more than 200 years of local history including military and sports rooms and many local photos. Specializing in family histories with lots of local family information to share wth genealogists and those interested in finding their CrossPlains ...more

City:  Cross Plains, TN
Phone:  (615) 654-2228

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Cross Plains Historic Main Street
"Shop for gifts, crafts, antiques and Victorian garden art in a town with 225 years of history. Since 1779, "people have been coming and going across the plains." Call visitor bureau for free self-guided tours and event ...more

City:  Cross Plains, TN
Phone:  615-654-2256

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Cumberland Furnace Historic District
"Visit more than 23 historic buildings in the first iron ore village of middle Tennessee, where cannon balls for the War of 1812 were ...more

City:  Cumberland Furnace, TN
Phone:  877-718-4967

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Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
"Tours of the historic Hensley Settlement, cave tours, camping, and bird watching allow visitors a chance to experience the past and present of the region. The Pinnacle Overlook provides an exceptional view of bird migration. A museum, dramatic films, crafts, and a bookstore can be found in the visitor ...more

City:  Cumberland Gap, TN
Phone:  (606) 248-2817

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Customs House Museum and Cultural Center
"Visit the one of the most photographed buildings in Tennessee, the Customs House Museum! First used as a post office and customs house in 1878 to accommodate the flourishing tobacco trade, this architecturally unique structure houses both permanent and rotating exhibits. Located in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is the State’s ...more

City:  Clarksville, TN
Phone:  (931) 648-5780

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Dandridge Historic District
"The state’s second-oldest town is charming and well preserved, with a downtown National Historic District that has b o u t i q u e s, antique shops and restaurants. Stop by the 1820 coach house--the Visitor Center--for your go-to first Dandridge stop. Pick up a brochure for a self-guided walking tour, featuring 21 walkable sites downtown as well as 17 driving ...more

City:  Dandridge, TN
Phone:  865-397-7420

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David Crockett Cabin & Museum
"A replica of Crockett's office, open to the public ...more

City:  Lawrenceburg, TN
Phone:  931-762-4231

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David Crockett Cherokee Museum
"A great Cherokee art exhibit; a dinosaur egg found in Lawrence County, history of David Crockett and Lawrence County history exhibit, local art exhibits. A visual arts center showing the renowned play, Unto These Hills and Cherokee ...more

City:  Lawrenceburg, TN
Phone:  931-762-3733

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Davies Manor Plantation
"The Davies Manor Association, Inc., first incorporated in 1977, administers and interprets historic Davies Manor Plantation. This historic property, located in Bartlett, includes the purportedly oldest log home in Shelby County, thirty-two acres of plantation land, and numerous outbuildings. These outbuildings range from a tenant cabin to a commissary to a gristmill to an outhouse. Additionally, the ...more

City:  Bartlett, TN
Phone:  901-386-0715

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Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park
"Davy Crockett's Birthplace State Park was established in 1973 and has been preserved as a historic site on land acquired from the Davy Crockett Birthplace Association. The park consists of 105 partially wooded acres of land along the Nolichucky River in Greene County. The stone monument to Crockett, erected in late 1960s, features samples of official state stone of ...more

City:  Limestone, TN
Phone:  (423) 257-2167

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Davy Crockett Cabin - Museum
"The cabin is restored from timbers from David Crockett's last home, and contains furniture, tools and more from the early 1800s, along with his mother's grave. Also, see books on the Crockett family, local history, pictures and copies of letters. Colonel Davy Crockett lived here from 1822 until the fall of 1835--his home when he hunted and killed 105 bears and ...more

City:  Rutherford, TN
Phone:  731-665-7253

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Denmark Presbyterian Church
"The oldest Presbyterian church in west Tennessee was founded on Cub Creek in 1821, before the town was settled. The congregation moved to Denmark but outgrew its home at a Baptist school. Using slave labor, the Snipes brothers had the church built in just six days in 1854, and the church was ready for worship the next Sunday. It originally also housed Masonic Lodge ...more

City:  Denmark, TN

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Dickson-Ledbetter-Sparks Home
"A historically registered home, probably built in the early 1800s. Believed to have served as the Perry County Court in the ...more

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

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Dickson-Williams Mansion
"Wealthy Irish immigrant William Dickson used a team of highly skilled Irish artisans and slaves to build this high Federal style mansion in 1821 for his only child, Catherine. In 1823 Catherine and her new husband, Dr. Alexander Williams, began a life of lavish entertaining. Guests at the mansion included three presidents, the Marquis de Lafayette, and David Crockett. The house ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  423-787-0500

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Dinosaur Walk Museum

City:  Pigeon Forge, TN
Phone:  865-428-4003

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University of Memphis
"Many calls over the years asking “What is this tree?” or “May my children collect leaves for their school project?” prompted the development of the University of Memphis arboretum. In the middle of Memphis, the campus provides a green oasis in the state’s largest city. For more information call ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-678-3511

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University of Tennessee Trial Gardens
"The UT Gardens are located off Neyland Drive on the University of Tennessee Agriculture campus in Knoxville. The gardens, which cover 10 acres, are open and free to the public. The mission of the gardens is to enhance visitors’ lives with plants through field research, plant demonstrations and education. For more information about the Gardens contact the Plant Sciences Department ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-974-7324

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University of Tennessee W. TN
"Originally started as a shade-tree demonstration project, the plantings have now become incorporated into the arboretum. The goal is to provide a site for students to collect leaf samples for school projects and for 4-H and FFA contests. Maps for self-guided tours are available from the office. For more information about this arboretum, contact the Research Center at ...more

City:  Jackson, TN
Phone:  731-425-4751

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UT Forestry Experiment Station & Arboretum
"The 250-acre research and educational arboretum has over 2,500 native and exotic woody plant specimens that represent over 800 species, varieties and cultivars. Located in Oak Ridge, this arboretum provides a natural laboratory for studies in plant uses, genetics and adaptability, insect and disease control, and the management of associated natural resources. For more information contact the arboretum at ...more

City:  Oak Ridge, TN
Phone:  (865) 483-3571

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Volunteer Landing
"One-mile paved riverwalk connecting a visitor center, attractions, restaurants, historical markers and refreshing waterfalls and ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-251-6860

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Walters State Community College
"The nature trail was initially developed as a hands-on project for students in botany and landscaping classes. It continues to serve this purpose but is open to the general public as well. Although not required of a Level 1 arboreta, a map if the labeled trees is available. For more information contact the college at ...more

City:  Morristown, TN
Phone:  423-585-2644

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West Tennessee Research & Education Center
"Established in 1907 and known for its studies on ornamentals, turf grasses, agronomic and horticultural crops, the center is the oldest in the University of Tennessee system. Drive through the gardens; check out the unusual ...more

City:  Jackson, TN
Phone:  731-424-1643

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White Lightning Trail
"The White Lightning Trail is waiting for you: a picturesque drive through the fertile valleys and rustic charm of the Tennessee hills. After leaving the city limits, you’ll pass through the Great Smoky Mountains into historic country music — Maynardville — home to country music greats like Chet Atkins and Roy Acuff. Heading north, you’ll travel along the same route ...more

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Zadie E. Kuehl Memorial Park
"This park is named in memory of Zadie E. Kuehl, a six and one-half month old child killed by a drunk driver. Through organ donation, Zadie gave the gift of life to four children and one adult. The arboretum sports 40 species of trees that are labeled and contains a mix of recent plantings and more mature trees. For more ...more

City:  Arlington, TN
Phone:  (901) 867-2717

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