History & Heritage
A green, rugged land produced bold men and women unafraid to change the world. Wilderness roads became interstates, pioneers became politicians and Tennessee’s past gave richness to its present.
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Ancient cultures and larger-than-life heroes, architectural gems and scientific advancements, Utopian societies and bloody battles are all part of the complex story of Tennessee.

Travel the paths of pioneers along the Natchez Trace, or see what the byways have to offer on Tennessee Trails & Byways. Explore native culture along the Cherokee Heritage Trails. Immerse yourself in Civil War drama as you travel the Civil War Trails through small towns and at ShilohChattanooga and other large battlefields.

Big personalities shaped our stateand left a memorable legacyin battlefields, frontier cabins and statesmens homes. Visit Belmont, the home of the remarkable Adelicia Acklen, in Nashville. Tour the homes of Tennessee’s three Presidents: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage in Nashville, the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Greeneville or the James K. Polk home in picturesque Columbia. Wherever you go in Tennessee from the prehistoric to the nearly new, you’ll find evidence of the changes wrought by innovative Tennesseans.

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East Tennessee

Historic Homes of Knoxville

Once a wild and rowdy frontier town, Knoxville stands as a testament to the pioneer spirit. Visit these living landmarks: six historic homes that tell the tales of soldiers, scholars, historic events and the pursuit of civilization. Visit James White’s rough-hewn fort. Explore homes of governors and fascinating families. See the cost of war and occupation. Each is a chapter of our history.

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Middle Tennessee

The Hermitage

The Hermitage, purchased in 1856 by the state of Tennessee from the Jackson family, is the most accurately preserved early presidential home in the country. Opened in 1889, visitors to the public museum and National Historic Landmark can enjoy 1,120 acres of protected forest and field, President Andrew Jackson’s mansion, the original Hermitage home, and more. The Hermitage hosts a variety of exciting events each year, including Sundays LIVE! throughout the summer, and is open for tours year-round. ’ 

Tour the Hermitage
West Tennessee

Shiloh National Military Park

Somber and beautiful, Shiloh marks the scene of the April 1962 battle that was the war’s bloodiest up to that time, with nearly five times the casualties of Bull Run. It is also the site of a nearly pristine set of Indian mounds from an ancient society.

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Experience History & Heritage

Follow our history through heritage towns and down historic roads; explore the changes brought by rivers, rail and wars; learn the legends of pioneers, soldiers and statesmen. Visit mansions, farms, museums and parks that tell the Tennessee story.


History & Heritage Jul 26 - 27 55th Annual Mountain Market for Arts & Crafts Monteagle, TN This event will feature over 100 artisans and crafters displaying their handmade creations which will include: fine art, stain glass, pottery, both fine and primitive furniture, bird houses, paintings in a variety of media, quilts, woodcrafts, toys, jewelry, metal art, hand sewn & embroidered items and much more. Several demonstrators will be joining us this year and include: soap making, blacksmithing, charcoal & graphite painting, woodcrafts & chain saw carving. Chain saw artists, Chad Gainey & Kevin Rains, will be competing in several timed categories, both Saturday & Sunday! Enjoy live entertainment scheduled for Saturday & Sunday afternoons, by local and area musicians. We will also have Train Rides and Pony Rides and Arts & Crafts for Kids! Prizes are given away every 30 minutes during the show. This is a juried show and cash prizes will be awarded. A variety of delicious food will be available from Beans & BBQ to German Schnitzel & Baklava and everything in between. There will be something for everyone, and both breakfast & lunch will be served. The Monteagle Mountain Market Arts & Crafts Show will be held behind the Monteagle City Hall, located at 16 Dixie Lee Ave. Hours are 9:00-5:00 on Saturday and 10:00-4:00 on Sunday. For additional information about this event, including vendor info, lodging information, and to check the latest schedule of events: visit www.monteaglechamber.com , email at mmtnchamber@blomand.net or call the Monteagle Mountain Chamber, 931-924-5353. learn more History & Heritage Jul 26 Vintage Baseball Game Knoxville, TN Dry Town Boys of Roane County vs. Knoxville Holstons. learn more History & Heritage Jul 26 Lynchburg Art Fair Lynchburg, TN This is the first year for the Lynchburg Art Fair. There will be Tennessee arts of every description. Vendors, food and family fun in small town America, Lynchburg. learn more History & Heritage Jul 26 Jonesborough Relay for Life Jonesborough, TN Relay For Life learn more History & Heritage Jul 26 Downtown Ice Cream Social & Antique Car Show Paris, TN Enjoy an all-you-can-eat ice cream extravaganza along the streets of beautiful and historic Downtown Paris. Register your antique car or just come to see the beautiful antique cars. Event takes place from 3:00pm - 6:00pm. $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years of age and younger. All proceeds go to local non-profit organizations each year. For more information send inquires to Downtown Paris Association c/o Kathy Ray— P.O. Box 95 — Paris, TN. 38242 (731) 653-7274. learn more