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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West Tennessee

National Civil Rights Museum

See, hear and touch the stories of the Civil Rights Movement from slavery to present day human rights struggles. The National Civil Rights Museum reopened last April following $28 million renovation. The museum is located at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

Storied History
Middle Tennessee

The Hermitage

Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm, a stunning new interactive exhibit, opens January 8 at The Hermitage as part of the bicentennial celebration of the Battle of New Orleans. This state-of-the-art, $1.1 million exhibit captures the rich story of Andrew Jackson’s meteoric rise from humble beginnings to his the presidency. Focusing on three key areas of Jackson’s life, the display highlights his life as an orphan, resiliency as a general and visionary leadership as a President. 

Visit The Hermitage
East Tennessee

Historic Jonesborough

Tennessee's oldest town is also marked as the Storytelling Capital of the World. Walk along well-preserved Main Street and go back in time to the days of Daniel Boone, Andrew Jackson, David Crockett and John Sevier (our first governor).  “The little town with the big story,” Jonesborough pre-dates Tennessee’s statehood. 

Listen to the Stories

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 Apr 28 - 29 Celtic Woman 10th Anniversary Tour Memphis, TN Global music sensation Celtic Woman brings its 10th Anniversary Celebration to The Orpheum Theatre. This enchanting musical experience features Celtic Woman performing a treasure chest of traditional Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary pop songs, in the group’s distinctive signature style. The 10th Anniversary Tour features four sublimely gifted Irish women - three angelic vocalists and a dazzling Celtic violinist - with a full band, plus the Anotas Choir, bagpipers, and Irish dancers all under the direction of Emmy®-nominated music producer David Downes. A true celebration of an incredible 10-year journey that has already captivated millions, don’t miss Celtic Woman live in concert! learn more History & Heritage Apr 30 - May 1 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event Knoxville, TN The 2015 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event: “Reconstruction Tennessee,” will take place on April 30 – May 1, 2015 in Knoxville and surrounding historic sites. ABA’s Top 100 Selection Committee selected the 2015 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration, Blue & Gray Reunion and Jubilee as one of the best events to experience in 2015. learn more History & Heritage Apr 30 Chattanooga Lookouts vs Jacksonville Suns Chattanooga, TN The Chattanooga Lookouts are a Double-A A affiliate team for the Minnesota Twins. learn more History & Heritage Apr 30 Art + Issues: Selflessly Serving the Team in Business, in Community, in Life Chattanooga, TN In a world that celebrates stars and heroes, our greatest successes are often due to the hard work of the less recognized team players. learn more History & Heritage Apr 30 - May 2 “Journey to the Promised Land” Granville, TN “Journey to the Promised Land” Story of Settlers from North Carolina coming to Tennessee looking for Promised Land. To promote Tennessee Promised Land Trail learn more