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Tennesseans appreciate their history and heritage, from the music that moves us to the movers and shakers who changed history.

Explore the many historic homes and heritage towns, like the utopian village of Rugby, and museums that stand as reminders of Tennessee's rich past. Learn about the U.S. Presidents that called Tennessee home; visit Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, the only surviving residence of James K. Polk, and the Andrew Johnson Historic Site. Put yourself in the shoes of frontiersman David Crockett or learn about music pioneers like Elvis Presley and W.C. Handy, the father of the blues.

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Promised Land Trail
"The Promised Land Trail is waiting for you: discover the fertile land that beckoned Tennessee’s first settlers from Northeast Tennessee, over the Cumberland Plateau, into Nashville and beyond. Along the first road into Tennessee, the Avery Trace, as well as the historic Walton Road that ran parallel to Highway 70, many believed they would reach a “promised land” at the end ...more

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Ramsey House Plantation
"Experience life on America's frontier in the 1797 house with acreage, exhibits and heirloom garden. Once considered "the most costly and most admired house in Tennessee,"it is one of the few surviving houses designed by Tennessee's first formally trained architect, Thomas Hope. In addition to its architectural significance, the house was home to the family of Col. Francis Ramsey and ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-546-0745

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Rattle and Snap Plantation House
"The Rattle And Snap Plantation located in Mount Pleasant, Tn on State Hwy. 243 has been referred to as "magnificent" the "most monumental house in Tennessee. William Polk named the property "Rattle And Snap" after having won the land in a game of chance played with beans called "rattle and snap". The Plantation's newly restored Historic Carriage House is open ...more

City:  Mount Pleasant, TN
Phone:  (931) 379-1700

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Red Boiling Springs, TN/Vision 2020 Inc
"Vision 2020 works with the City of Red Boiling Springs to stimulate interest and awareness of our history; to encourage appreciation of the attributes of our community; to promote preservation of historic resources; and to create an environment that will improve the quality of life. We do this partly through special events that target visitors far and ...more

City:  Red Boiling Springs, TN
Phone:  (615) 699-2738

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Red Boiling Springs/Vision 2020 Inc
"Vision 2020 works with the City of Red Boiling Springs to stimulate interest and awareness of our history; to encourage appreciation of the attributes of our community; to promote preservation of historic resources; and to create an environment that will improve the quality of life. We do this partly through special events that target visitors far and ...more

City:  Red Boiling Springs, TN
Phone:  (615) 699-2738

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Riverside Cemetery
"Self-guided tour of resting place for 140 unknown and 40 known Confederate soldiers. Founded in 1821. Thirty acres of statues, monuments, and ...more

City:  Jackson, TN
Phone:  731-424-1279

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Riverwood Mansion
"Riverwood Mansion is one of Nashville's historical treasures. It has been identified as one of Nashville's most significant historic structures/sites by the Metropolitan Historical Commission. Built in the late 1790s, Riverwood is one of Nashville's oldest homes. And at 9,200 square feet, it is one of the largest. Riverwood has been referred to as one of Nashville's grandest homes. It was ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-228-8892

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Robert L. Caruthers House
"This imposing mansion, which now houses a local funeral home, was the Civil War-era residence of Robert L. Caruthers.  Caruthers was elected governor of Tennessee in 1862, but was unable to take office due to the federal occupation and the appointment of Andrew Johnson as federal Military Governor.  The politically prominent Caruthers later served in the Confederate legislature and helped ...more

City:  Lebanon, TN
Phone:  800-789-1327

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Rock House Shrine
"Famous stagecoach stop and early American frontier home. Presidents James K. Polk and Andrew Jackson would stop on their way from Nashville to Washington DC. Daughters of American Revolution offers tours. Part of the Discover TN Promised Land Trail http://promisedlandtrail.com Watch the video ...more

City:  Sparta, TN
Phone:  931-657-2021

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Roderick Place
"On March 5, 1863, portions of the Battle of Thompson’'s Station were fought along the ridges that border this site. Roderick, General Forrest’'s courageous mount, was mortally wounded galloping to the general’s side during the battle and is buried ...more

City:  Thompson's Station, TN

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Rogersville Historic District
"National Register Historic district referred to as "Tennessee's largest collection of Federal-type architecture," dating from ...more

City:  Rogersville, TN
Phone:  423-272-2186

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Rossville Historic District
"The buildings and homes that contribute to the beautiful Historic District of Rossville date from before the Civil War to 1945. Every June, the Historic District Association sponsors its Tour of Homes. Park near the gazebo and stroll around the area for your own impromptu walking ...more

City:  Rossville, TN
Phone:  901-853-4544

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Russellville Methodist Church
"The church served as a Confederate hospital.  One  half mile north of the church are the ruins of Cairn’s Mill, where corn was ground for Confederate General James Longstreet’s ...more

City:  Russellville, TN
Phone:  615-532-1550

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Rutledge House
"This 1800s home is located in the National Historic District of Blountville. The earliest owner was Thomas White and the historic building had several owners between 1824 and 1863 when John and Sallie Rutledge purchased the home. Rutledge was the Sullivan County Court Clerk and kept the records of the Baptist Church at Blountville. Open by ...more

City:  Blountville, TN
Phone:  423-323-4660

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Sam Davis Home and Museum
"Featuring a historic site with 1860s home, Middle Tennessee museum and outbuildings. Learn the story of Civil War hero Sam Davis, called the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy." The Sam Davis Home is one of Tennessee’s most significant Confederate memorial properties. Samuel (“Sam”) Davis, born here in 1842, enlisted in the Rutherford Rifles (Co. I, 1st Tennessee Infantry) in 1861 and ...more

City:  Smyrna, TN
Phone:  615-459-2341

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Neddy Jacobs Cabin
"This reconstructed cabin on the square in historic downtown Lebanon is the site of the first settler in ...more

City:  Lebanon, TN
Phone:  800-789-1327

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Newbern Depot & Railroad Museum
"On National Historic Register, the depot is a railroad museum and Amtrak station with two passenger stops daily. Annual Depot Days: Sept. ...more

City:  Newbern, TN
Phone:  731-627-3221

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Newbury House at Historic Rugby
"Authentically restored 1880 boarding house in rural National Register Village. Fireplaces and ...more

City:  Rugby, TN
Phone:  888-214-3400

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Newport/Cocke County Museum
"The Newport/Cocke County Museum displays local heritage with quilts, early home and farm tools, Native American artifacts, period room settings, and a WPA post office mural; also Cocke Co. natives Grace Moore, Gov. Ben W. Hooper and Charles ...more

City:  Newport, TN

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Niota Railroad Depot
"This is the first Tennessee Civil War Trails marker installed in Southeast Tennessee. Tennessee has joined trails that already reach across Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and West ...more

City:  Niota, TN
Phone:  423-568-2584

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Norris Dam State Park Lenoir Museum
"Exhibits display thousands of items of early settlement and everyday life in East Tennessee, German Barrel Organ and Native American ...more

City:  Norris, TN
Phone:  865-494-9688

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Norris Museum & Self-Guided City Tour
"Explore a pictoral history of a city that has remained virtually unchanged since the 1930s and the construction of Norris Dam, the first TVA Dam. Along the tour, you can see orginal ...more

City:  Norris, TN
Phone:  865-494-7645

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Oak Ridge Driving Tour
"Discover the WWII secret city while visiting landmarks and attractions that tell the story of Oak Ridge, the Manhattan Project and how 75,000 people kept the making of the Atomic Bomb a secret from the world. CDs and tapes for rent or ...more

City:  Oak Ridge, TN
Phone:  800-887-3429

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Oaklands Historic House Museum
"This nationally registered, historic landmark reflects a time of prosperity in the Old South, as well as the hardships suffered during the Civil ...more

City:  Murfreesboro, TN
Phone:  615-893-0022

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Obion County Museum
"History museum featuring furnished log cabin and one-room schoolhouse. Changing displays of local history and general interest, also local ...more

City:  Union City, TN
Phone:  731-885-6774

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Old Graveyard Memorial Park
"Dedicated in 1969, was a pilot project in urban beautification. Cemetery was used from 1817-1883. The renovation project included the locating and charting of all gravesites, cleaning and mounting gravestones, and landscaping and lighting the grounds. Contains the graves of many early settlers. Open all year. ...more

City:  Pulaski, TN
Phone:  931-424-4044

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Old Gray Cemetery

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-1424

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Old Greene County Gaol
"Built in 1804 - 1805. The rear of the jail nearly touched Richland Creek. The jail was moved stone-by-stone to its present ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  423-638-4111

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Oliver Springs Railroad Depot
"Oliver Springs Library and Archives, southern caboose firetruck and 1800s fire ...more

City:  Oliver Springs, TN
Phone:  865-435-2509

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Date: Oct 29, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014
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