The World Wars
Decorated war heroes, daring aviators, an influential cabinet member, a hidden city and passionate patriotism are all part of Tennessee's wartime history. June 1941 saw Major General George S. Patton conduct armored maneuvers in Middle Tennessee.
True to the nickname of the "Volunteer State," Tennesseans supported World War II through the armed services and in their home front activities. Tennesseans flexed to adjust to a long war. Encouraged by President Roosevelt's radio "fireside chats," they purchased rationed food, collected scrap metals and tires. Families and communities planted Victory gardens, living with shortages of gasoline, meat, shoes and more. Tennesseans invested in war bonds and practiced for blackouts during air raid drills. Women's clubs knitted sweaters and socks, produced soldiers' kits and rolled bandages for Red Cross. Communities fed, housed and entertained soldiers. Young and old listened to the swing sound of the big bands.
Tennessee industry, as well as its cities, suburbs, and universities, experienced rapid growth in the immediate postwar years. World War II, as a total war, had touched nearly all Tennesseans' lives, and the economic expansion brought about by the war would continue to have an impact on the state in the years to come.
Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum
Museum tells the story of Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division, featuring a large collection of military aircraft, vehicles and equipment from WWII to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Free admission, free films, gift shop and next to Burger King. ...more
Tipton County Museum, Veterans Memorial & Nature Center
Located in the largest urban park in Tipton County, the museum is a tribute to military history, environmental education and historical preservation. ...more
Top Secret Trail
Top Secret is waiting for you: a trail of secrets hidden among the scenic wilds of the Upper Cumberland Plateau. Immerse yourself in early Knoxville history by touring Blount Mansion, James White Fort and Bleak House, General Longstreet’s 1863 Battle of Knoxville headquarters. ...more
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Vonore Heritage Museum
On display are artifacts used by the people of Vonore from the late 1800s through the 1950s. Artifacts include Civil War pieces; WWI and WWII uniforms; trophies; plaques; and pictures from the now-closed Vonore High School. ...more
White Lightning Trail
The White Lightning Trail is waiting for you: a picturesque drive through the fertile valleys and rustic charm of the Tennessee hills. After leaving the city limits, you’ll pass through the Great Smoky Mountains into historic country music — Maynardville — home to country music greats like Chet Atkins and Roy Acuff. ...more
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World War II Remembrance Museum USS Tennessee (BB43)
The museum features WWII memorabilia, including a large collection of authentic pieces from the USS Tennessee. Jim Barna Log Systems of Oneida donated the log structure. ...more