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.

Explore the Homes
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 1862 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.

Learn the Story

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.


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