Historic parks in Tennessee are retreats, places of beauty, most often with points of interest--parks with a past are all the more enticing.
Pall Mall holds Sgt. Alvin C. York Historic Park, which includes the York family farm and the grist mill brave Sgt. York operated for many years on the banks of the Wolf River. In Henning, 1,642-acre Fort Pillow State Historic Park, situated on the Chickasaw Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, is rich in both historic and archaeological significance. Step back in time in Vonore at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area, a 1,200-acre site on one of the earliest British fortifications on the western frontier, built in 1756. Nearby were the principal towns of the Cherokee Nation including Tenase, namesake of our state, and Tuskeegee, birthplace of Sequoyah. Today the fort and the 1794 Tellico Blockhouse overlook TVA's Tellico Reservoir and the Appalachian Mountains.
The famous historic homes and landscapes of Castalian Springs were deeply affected by the Civil War and Reconstruction. From 1862 to 1865, a federal garrison made camp about one-half mile southwest of Wynnewood, the National Register-listed log tavern and home located at 210 Old Highway 25. ...more
The main site for Knoxville’s pro baseball from 1917-99, the site is named for William Caswell, a Confederate veteran who participated in the first known baseball game in East Tennessee in 1865 and who donated the property for this use. The park has hosted the old Knoxville Pioneers, the Smokies, the “Knoxville Sox,” and the Blue Jays, as well as celebrities from Babe Ruth to Michael Jordan (during his career shift into baseball). ...more
Cedars of Lebanon State Park
Cedars of Lebanon State Park, in Tennessee’s Central Basin, was named by settlers who saw in the dense cedar forest a reminder of the Biblical Cedars of Lebanon. The park and forest were established as a resettlement park when the federal government bought depleted farmland in 1937 and resettled the residents. ...more
Chattanooga History Walking Tours on the Riverfront
The Riverfront is at the core of Chattanooga's history, and it is the one place in our community from which sites related to the first settlers, the Cherokees, the Civil War, reconstruction, industrialization, and the renaissance can be visually referenced. Take a short walk, approximately 6 blocks, with our guide, and get an overview of the fascinating history of this place. ...more
Cherokee Indian Removal Memorial and Museum
The land encircling the confluence of the Hiwassee and Tennessee Rivers, where the Hiwassee Refuge is located, is steeped in Cherokee Indian history. This land lies near the center of the ancestral land of the Cherokee Nation. ...more
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
Point Park commemorates the soldiers who fought in the 1863 Civil War battles for Chattanooga. The battlefields of Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain and portions of Missionary Ridge are all components of the National Park. ...more
Chucalissa Archaeological Museum
Visit this prehistoric Native American archaeological site dating to the 15th-century with a museum, gift shop, nature trail and picnic area. See the remnants of the Indians that once flourished along the eastern shore of the Mississippi River. ...more