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.

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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 Nov 23 Break-A-Leg 5K Memphis, TN Whether you're hoping for a Red Ryder BB gun, a leg lamp, or some pink bunny pajamas for Christmas this year, start your holiday season at the Orpheum Theatre's inaugural Break-A-Leg 5k! This fun new 5k is themed around everyone's holiday favorite, A Christmas Story, The Musical, which takes the stage at the Orpheum on November 25. The 5k course will start and end at the historic Orpheum Theatre, and the post race block party will be full of holiday cheer! Dust off your Christmas sweaters and Santa hats (or your pink bunny pajamas) and put your best foot forward to see if you can win a "major award" in our costume contest! learn more History & Heritage Nov 23 Justin Townes Earle Knoxville, TN After two and a half years, Justin Townes Earle will release his sixth studio album (and first ever on Vagrant Records). Entitled Single Mothers, the record will be released nationwide on September 9th, 2014 and Justin will be on the road in the US throughout September and early October. Single Mothers is comprised of ten tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana. learn more History & Heritage Nov 25 - 30 A Christmas Story the Musical Memphis, TN Direct from Broadway, A Christmas Story, The Musical, nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, comes to hilarious life onstage! Based on the classic 1983 movie, the story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas. learn more History & Heritage Nov 27 Thanksgiving Dinner & Cruise Chattanooga, TN Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise is Noon-2 pm; Thanksgiving on the Pier is dinner from 3-5 pm. learn more History & Heritage Nov 27 - 30 Tanger Five Oaks Outlet Center After Thanksgiving Weekend Sale Sevierville, TN Tanger Five Oaks Outlet Center After Thanksgiving Weekend Sale at Tanger Five Oaks Factory Outlet Center. learn more