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.
Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Museum, Farm, Tour & Jewelry Showroom
Visit North America’s only freshwater pearl-culturing facility--the official historical site of pearl-culturing for the State of Tennessee, growing the official State of Tennessee gem, the freshwater pearl. Birdsong Resort is the home of The Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm--the only freshwater pearl-culturing farm in America. ...more