Historic Buildings & Sites
On the ancient grounds of Chucalissa, one can imagine the Native American settlement that once called Tennessee home. Climb the front steps of the Hermitage and be transported to the days of Andrew Jackson. Feel the magnitude of the Manhattan Project: Visit Oak Ridge and the Graphite Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Tennessee boasts a long and colorful history--one best told in the numerous historic sites and buildings spread across the state. Visit Sun Records; stand within the same walls that heard the first recordings of Elvis and Johnny Cash. Grab a bite to eat at Hoskins Drug Store and be sure to treat yourself to a refreshment from the old-fashioned 1940s soda fountain. Take a day to explore Tennessee's first school, founded by Sam Houston, or school yourself in the history of the Scopes Trial with a visit to the Rhea County Courthouse.
Oak Ridge Driving Tour
Discover the WWII secret city while visiting landmarks and attractions that tell the story of Oak Ridge, the Manhattan Project and how 75,000 people kept the making of the Atomic Bomb a secret from the world. CDs and tapes for rent or purchase. ...more
Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail follows the Revolutionary War route of Patriot militia men to the battle of Kings Mountain in 1780. ...more
Paris-Henry County Heritage Center
Located in the North Poplar Street Historic District, the 1916 Italian Renaissance Revival mansion features exhibits on local history, tours of the historic house, walking tours of two National Register historic districts, and a gift shop. ...more
Parker’s Chapel Community
A highway historical marker directs visitors to the historic rural African American community known as Parker’s Crossroads, established by free blacks and recently emancipated slaves shortly after the war. The first church, built about 1870, also served as the first community school. ...more
Portland Historic Business District
A small city park across from the Chamber of Commerce office contains two historical markers about early confederate invasions of Kentucky, which passed through Richland Station, now known as Portland. ...more