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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 Jul 5 Creative Zone: Make a Honky-Tonk Hanky Nashville, TN 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Included with museum admission. Free to members. Children and up to two accompanying adults may attend the program and tour the museum at a discounted rate. learn more History & Heritage Jul 5 Fiddle Demonstration: Megan B. Lynch Chowning Nashville, TN 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. learn more History & Heritage Jul 5 Film: Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Farther Along: the Concert (2003) Nashville, TN 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 pm. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. learn more History & Heritage Jul 6 - 10 Arts Adventures Unmasked Maryville, TN Performing Arts Day Camp learn more History & Heritage Jul 6 - 10 Science of History Summer Camp Smyrna, TN The Science of History will focus on the plantation’s natural resources and will feature engaging, hands-on activities designed to inspire campers to take a closer look at the world around them. Activities will include a creek stomp, a meadow safari, outdoor living skills, and maybe even getting up-close and personal with some wildlife! learn more