For a closeup interpretation of pioneer and early 20th-century Southern Appalachia, visit Museum of Appalachia, Norris. The museum is a collection of more than 30 historic buildings rescued from neglect, gathered onto 63 acres of picturesque pastures. Named an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum preserves a large number of authentic relics, displays one of the nation's largest folk art collections, hosts traditional Appalachian music performances and demonstrations of regional craftsmen.
Kingsport's tonic for today's frenetic life is Exchange Place, a living history farm, once a community that served as a self-supporting plantation. The farm recaptures life in the early 1880s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, nine of the ten buildings built between 1816 and 1851 are restored on their original foundations.
Study the ways of farming from early Tennesseans at the Agricultural Museum and Tennessee Museum of Early Farm Life. Visit the heart of the state at Williamson County Agriculture Exposition Park with year-round agricultural events. Browse the field of agriculture at West Tennessee Agricultural Museum. Delight in the art of making milk and ice cream at Mayfield Dairy Farms Visitor Center.
Originally chartered by the general assembly in 1957, the Tennessee Agricultural Museum now stands as one of Tennessee's best collections of artifacts relating to the pioneering days of Tennessee farm families. Located at Ellington Agricultural Center in south Nashville, the museum is housed in a former horse barn, originally part of the Brentwood Hall estate of financier Rogers Caldwell. ...more
Blackberry Farm and Farmhouse Spa
On a 4,200-acre estate in the foothills of Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is one of the South's most celebrated country inns. Those in the know commend its exquisite location, first-rate service and delicious food. ...more
Cookeville Depot Museum
Originally built in 1909, the Cookeville Depot Museum is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, and is the heart of Cookeville's historic Westside District. The museum houses many Tennessee Central Railway artifacts, as well as an HO scale replica of what Cookeville’s Westside looked like in the summer of 1955. ...more
Chattanooga Regional History Museum
The Chattanooga Regional History Museum has an extensive Civil War collection, including a mountain howitzer; Grant’s headquarter’s chair; dozens of muskets, rifles, swords, knives, pistols, and projectiles; various accoutrements; uniforms; original photographs taken by R. M. ...more
Clement Railroad Hotel Museum
Lose track of time at the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum. Located in the restored 1913 Hotel Halbrook in downtown Dickson, the museum provides tours, exhibits, special events, and educational programming for learners of all ages. ...more
Collierville Train Museum and Tennessean Restaurant
Take a romantic journey into the golden era of railroads aboard The Tennessean while enjoying Southern contemporary cuisine. ...more
Cowan Railroad Museum
Cowan Railroad Museum features photos, relics and memorabilia from the age of steam and steel located in a 1904 train depot listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The depot itself features a model railroad layout and a Smithsonian photo exhibition of area industry. ...more
Hartsville/Trousdale Living History Museum
See how the tobacco farmers lived in the 1930s. Complete farm with house fully furnished, 120-year-old privy, farm implements, tractor, barn and other buildings. ...more
Matt Gardner Homestead Museum
House Museum and Farmstead The Matt Gardner House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995 as a significant farmstead associated with African American heritage, agriculture, commerce, and architecture from 1870 to 1942. The farm provides for the interpretation of a variety of significant historical topics, including slavery, emancipation, Reconstruction, education, religion, architecture, and agriculture. ...more
Museum of Appalachia
The Museum of Appalachia is a living history farm, a unique collection of historic pioneer buildings and artifacts assembled for over a half century by John Rice Irwin. Irwin traveled the backroads, amassing thousands of everyday implements from the colorful and compelling Southern Appalachian mountain folk. ...more