The first shot fired in TN during the Civil War was fired in Pickett Co., TN - with the first fatality soon following.  Pickett County sits on the border of the North/South struggle with a major traffic route of the time passing through.

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Civil War Museum/ Scenic Driving Tour

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Stop in at the Pickett County Welcome Center to pick up your copy of the local historical driving tour.  Locations listed highlight the rich history of our area on the Cumberland Plateau.  Lots of scenic countryside to explore.  Local information on display regarding the Civil War in our area, plus we have added pictures of early life from this area post Civil War too!  Stop in and see us while you are in the area.

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Dale Hollow Lake Welcome Center, Byrdstown, TN - source for the local driving tour maps and home of The Borderlands Exhibit featuring local Civil War information.
Dale Hollow Lake Welcome Center in Byrdstown, TN i s home of The Borderlands Exhibit and source of the Civil War Driving Tour Maps. Please stop by soon!
"Tinker" Dave Beaty - local legend
Buried in Pickett Co., TN, Tinker Dave Beaty's story of his life during the Civil War is quite unusual. The story of the hatred between him and Champ Ferguson is a part of the uniqueness of the local story.
Champ Ferguson - local legend
Part II of the local legends is Champ Ferguson. The story of his life and that of his family is heart wrenching. Stop by the museum to learn more.
Capt. Rufus Dowdy - veteran of the Civil War
Yet another important person during the Civil War hailing from the Pickett County area.
The Battle between Brothers was definitely felt in our community.  Families were divided and struggling to survive.  Our area was a battleground between the North and the South as our area lay on a major trade route of the day - right on the line between North and South!
The Battle between Brothers was definitely felt in our community. Families were divided and struggling to survive. Our area was a battleground between the North and the South as our area lay on a major trade route of the day - right on the line between
Civil War Museum/ Scenic Driving Tour

1005 Livingston Hwy.
Byrdstown, TN 38549

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Admission Rates
Free
Dates Closed
Sundays and Federal Holidays
Hours
Monday - Friday, 8:00AM-4:00PM (CST)
Saturday, 8:00AM-2:00PM (CST)
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