With names like "Rattle and Snap," "Green Frog Village" and "Crescent Bend," you are immediately drawn into legends that lie within Tennessee's carefully preserved homes, villages, farms and surrounds.
Look into a graceful, early rural life at 1797 Ramsey House Plantation, with acreage, exhibits and an heirloom garden. Once considered "the most costly and most admired house in Tennessee," it is among the few surviving houses designed by Tennessee's first formally trained architect, Thomas Hope. Learn about the Overton legacy at 200-year-old Traveller's Rest Plantation and Museum at Traveller's Rest. Take in a reenactment as you tour the grounds, the home and the schoolhouse.
Sergeant Alvin C. York State Historic Park
Alvin York, one of the nation’s most decorated war heroes, became the public face of the Congressional Medal of Honor after capturing 35 German machine guns and 132 prisoners in the Argonne Forest in 1918. York was a hard-working, hard-fighting sharpshooter, a simple country boy and a religious pacifist who displayed tremendous courage, calm and common sense in taking charge of his battalion when their commanding officer was killed. ...more
Shelby’s Fort Historical Marker and E.W. King House
General Evan Shelby erected a fort here in 1771 that sheltered and protected pioneers and sent victorious forces to the Revolutionary War battles of Point Pleasant, Long Island Flats and Chickamauga towns. The house you see behind the marker was built in 1902 by E. ...more
Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum (Burkle Estate)
A white clapboard house built in 1849 by Jacob Burkle is rumored to have served as a way station on the Underground Railroad for runaway slaves. A tour of the house includes a visit to a small cellar where slaves waited to escape. ...more
Sleepy John Estes House
Sleepy John Estes, an American bluesman, was also a legendary guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. Born in Ripley, Tennessee, Sleepy John's family moved to Brownsville, Tennessee, when he was 16. ...more
Smyrna Public Library
This house, now a private residence, was built in the mid-1800s, and was inherited in the 1920s by Frances Neel Cheney, a grand-niece of Sam Davis, after the death of her aunt, Lizzie Davis Tucker. Frances (known as "Fannie") was a professor at Peabody College, and her husband, Brainard "Lon" Cheney, had a long and interesting career as a writer. ...more
Soldier in Grey
Dedicated on April 6, 1905, on the 43rd anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh. The hand-chiseled granite monument stands guard on the courthouse lawn at the center of Historic Court Square. ...more
Southeast Tennessee Civil War Trail
Southeast Tennessee's Civil War Trails, Fighting for the Rails brochure provides a designated path for southeast Tennessee travelers to follow as they explore sites associated with the American Civil War in Tennessee. The brochure has 47 sites and covers 10 counties. ...more