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.

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.

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
Middle Tennessee

Oaklands Historic Home

Oaklands, an elegant mansion caught in the crossfire of the Civil War, is a nationally registered historic landmark. Construction began in 1815 with the last additions built in the 1860s. Oaklands survived the Civil War and was opened as a museum in the early 1960s.  This Murfreesboro treasure is also decorated for the Christmas holidays. 

Visit Oaklands
West Tennessee

Cherry Mansion - Savannah Historic District

Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Cherry Mansion, circa 1830, is part of Savannah’s historic downtown, where Main Street leads right down to the banks. The home served as headquarters to General U.S. Grant in the spring of 1862 with his breakfast interrupted by couriers of the news that the Battle of Shiloh – just down the road – had begun. 

Discover the History

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 Dec 26 - 27 Cirque Dreams Holidaze Memphis, TN CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE lights up the 2014 holiday season with its newest holiday stage spectacular. Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats you have to see to believe. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, and snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief. Performers twirl, bounce and soar thru the air to original music and seasonal favorites brought to life within a stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering trees and soldiers, creating a wonderland of amazement. learn more History & Heritage Dec 27 Hamilton County Ramblers @ Sutton Ole Time Music Hour Granville, TN Sutton Ole Time Music Hour. Tennessee's Best Bluegrass and Ole Time Music Every Saturday Night 6pm warm up show 7pm Syndicated Radio Show learn more History & Heritage Dec 27, 2014 - Jan 1, 2015 Student Celebration Sevierville, TN Student Celebration at Sevierville Convention Center. learn more History & Heritage Dec 27 Songwriter Session: Marc Beeson Nashville, TN Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating. Program pass required. learn more History & Heritage Dec 27 Family Program: Eye for Design Nashville, TN Design is all around us. In the museum, design is seen in intricate costumes, one-of-a-kind instruments, customized cars, vintage photographs, and many other distinctive artifacts. learn more