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.
Bowen Plantation House
Circa 1787, the Bowen Plantation House is among Tennessee's oldest brick residences. Built by Revolutionary War Veteran, Captain William Bowen and his wife, Mary, the home represents the determination of early settlers to survive on the frontier. ...more
Boyette's Dining Room
Boyette's at Reelfoot Lake specializes in catfish, country ham and Certified Angus Beef steaks. Tradition and delicious food brings diners back again and again to this top west Tennessee dining favorite. ...more
Burgess Falls State Park
Burgess Falls, one of the first Natural Areas, is on Tennessee’s Eastern Highland Rim and is noted for its scenic splendor. Sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, rolling water and abundant mixed forest, characterize this area. ...more
Cannonsburgh, the original name for Murfreesboro, is a reconstructed Southern village with a gristmill, one-room schoolhouse, town hall, log home, church, general store and a working blacksmith's shop that serve as reminders of life in pioneer times. See the World's Largest Cedar Bucket at Cannonsburgh Village. ...more
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
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