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

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 Feb 1 - Oct 1 Milky Way Farm Country Breakfast or Group Luncheons Pulaski, TN Country Breakfast or Tea Room Luncheons are now offered Tuesday-Friday by appointment for groups of 20 or more. Schedule your visit today at 931-808-2281. learn more History & Heritage Feb 1 Free First Sunday: Featuring The Creative Underground in Celebration of Black History Month Chattanooga, TN Bring your family for a free day of gallery exploration, art making experiences for the kids and a celebration of Black History Month featuring The Creative Underground at 1:30 pm learn more History & Heritage Feb 1 Drop-in Family Program: Embellished Instruments Nashville, TN Decorate your own instrument, inspired by artifacts in the museum. Choose a wooden or paper cutout of a banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, or mandolin and decorate it with color, rhinestones, or sequins. Will you design yours like Taylor Swift’s Swarovski crystals-covered guitar or Buck Owens’s red, white, and blue one? Ages 5 and up. Taylor Swift Education Center. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. learn more History & Heritage Feb 1 Percussion Demonstration: Jared Kneale Nashville, TN Jared Kneale played drums with pop, rock, country, and world music artists in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. Since moving to Nashville in 2010, he has performed or recorded with Audio Adrenaline, Katie Armiger, Jessie Baylin, Gabe Dixon, Mikky Ekko, and Rebecca St. James. Kneale is currently on tour with Kacey Musgraves. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. learn more History & Heritage Feb 2, 2015 - Feb 2, 2016 Positive Solutions Tours Jonesborough, TN Tours in Historic Jonesborough learn more