Historic landmarks throughout the state stand witness to the brave deeds of men and women who saw a chance to change their world for the better, to express themselves in a new way, or to claim a place for future generations.
Chucalissa Archeological Museum and Beale Street Historic District, both in Memphis, speak to the broad diversity of our landmarks and historic sites. Among our variety of museums, the Customs House in Nashville is one of the most photographed buildings in America. Beck Cultural Center in Knoxville explores the heritage and contributions of African Americans. Shiloh National Military Park, considered one of the best preserved battlefields in the country, commemorates one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles as well as providing insight into prehistoric cultures.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a testament to our love of the outdoors and preservation of old ways of life. Visitors love the reenactments and fairs, as well as the fishing and boating, at Fort Loudoun State Historic Park in Vonore, the site of an early British fortification on the western frontier.
The ancestral home of President James K. Polk is just one of the many historic buildings and homes in the lovely Middle Tennessee town of Columbia. Leiper’s Fork is an entire town on the National Register of Historic Places; it’s known for great food, art and music. In every area of the state you’ll find historic treasures and surprising new ways of looking at the past.
Visit cornerstones of our unique Tennessee heritage in parks, monuments, museums, historic buildings and homes.