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 Shiloh, Chattanooga and other large battlefields.
Big personalities shaped our state—and left a memorable legacy—in battlefields, frontier cabins and statesmen’s 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.
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
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
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
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.