Landmarks & Historic Places | Tennessee Vacation

Tennessee has its share of great museums of history. But theres so much more. History in the Volunteer State is also about science and ghostly legends, architecture and tall tales, natural wonders and musical greats.

Historic landmarks throughout the state stand witness to the brave deeds of men and women who saw a chance to change their world for the better, to express themselves in a new way, or to claim a place for future generations.

Chucalissa Archeological Museum and Beale Street Historic District, both in Memphis, speak to the broad diversity of our landmarks and historic sites. Among our variety of museums, the Customs House in Nashville is one of the most photographed buildings in America. Beck Cultural Center in Knoxville explores the heritage and contributions of African Americans. Shiloh National Military Park, considered one of the best preserved battlefields in the country, commemorates one of the Civil Wars bloodiest battles as well as providing insight into prehistoric cultures.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a testament to our love of the outdoors and preservation of old ways of life. Visitors love the reenactments and fairs, as well as the fishing and boating, at Fort Loudoun State Historic Park in Vonore, the site of an early British fortification on the western frontier.

The ancestral home of President James K. Polk is just one of the many historic buildings and homes in the lovely Middle Tennessee town of Columbia. Leipers Fork is an entire town on the National Register of Historic Places; its known for great food, art and music. In every area of the state youll find historic treasures and surprising new ways of looking at the past.