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 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

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
West Tennessee

Tina Turner Museum

Once a one-room school house attended by a young Anna Mae Bullock (known to the world as Tina Turner), the Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School is now home to a collection of the Queen of Rock's personal memorabilia from costumes to gold records. The new museum is located on the grounds of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center. 

The Queen of Rock

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 Jan 28 - Nov 30 Reserve Your Private Ghost Hunting Adventure! (Sun thru Wed) Knoxville, TN Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tour is a unique ghost hunting adventure... You are being lead by Real Paranormal Investigators, not story tellers... and participants get to use REAL Ghost Hunting equipment. All information given on the tour is true and factual... and all the locations visited are true... “Ground Zero’s” of traumatic events... learn more History & Heritage Jan 29 Sturgill Simpson Knoxville, TN Sturgill Simpson's authenticity stands out like an island of hope in a sea of tacky. Pure and uncompromising, devoid of gloss and fakery. learn more History & Heritage Jan 30 Sherry Duncan and Richard Taylor Sing and Play LIVE in Historic Restaurant Linden, TN Songs will soothe your soul and melt away your cares from the week at this quaint, historic hotel and restaurant: the Commodore. Feel your blood pressure drop as you drive from the interstate to this charming small town. Linden is between Memphis & Nashville, and halfway between Jackson and Columbia, TN. A perfect getaway - within your price range - for quiet relaxation, walking in nature or on a quiet street, reading, visiting Mennonite farms and more. learn more History & Heritage Jan 30 - Feb 1 Annual Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival Tiptonville, TN Eagle Festival - Eagle Tours - Bird of Prey Shows - Vendors - Children's Activities learn more History & Heritage Jan 30 Gaelic Storm Knoxville, TN Over the course of 10 albums and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish - The Best of Gaelic Storm. The greatest-hits album spans the bulk of the band’s career, mixing crowd favorites and concert staples with three previously unreleased recordings, including “Whiskey in the Jar” and “Irish Party in Third Class” from Titanic. learn more