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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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Thomas Hart Benton Site
"Benton was one of the earliest settlers in Leiper’s Fork and a close advisor of Andrew Jackson’s. After a brawl with the General ended in gunfire (and injury to Jackson), the Bentons made a hasty retreat to Missouri. Benton is best known for his career there, where he served as a U.S. Senator and became an early architect of Manifest ...more

City:  Franklin, TN

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Thomas Martin House (First Farmers and Merchants National Bank)
"Located three blocks south of the public courthouse on Second ...more

City:  Pulaski, TN
Phone:  931-363-3830

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Tiara
"(Private Residence) This impressive 1845 Antebellum home gets its name from the cupola that sits like a crown at the top. In 1900, a tornado struck La Grange and blew the beautiful cupola 15 miles away to Hickory Valley. It was later recovered intact and restored to its original position. Tiara'’s first owner left Tennessee for Illinois, where he laid out ...more

City:  La Grange, TN

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Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site
"Historic Tipton home, archaeological remains of early Woodland Indians, 1788 battle site and more. The Museum and Education Center includes changing exhibits in the temporary gallery. Special events on selected Saturdays throughout the year. Home of Landon Carter Haynes from 1839 until the Civil War. He was an attorney, newspaper editor and Confederate senator. There are 10 original and restored ...more

City:  Johnson City, TN
Phone:  423-926-3631

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Top Secret Trail
"Top Secret is waiting for you: a trail of secrets hidden among the scenic wilds of the Upper Cumberland Plateau. Immerse yourself in early Knoxville history by touring Blount Mansion, James White Fort and Bleak House, General Longstreet’s 1863 Battle of Knoxville headquarters. You’ll surely find the perfect souvenir at one of the many antique galleries along Kingston Pike and ...more

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Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
"The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates the removal of the Cherokee and the paths that 17 Cherokee detachments followed westward. Today the trail includes about 2,200 miles of land and water routes, and traverses portions of nine ...more

City:  Multi-city, TN
Phone:  (505) 988-6888

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Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum
"The plantation home of John Overton, Travelers Rest preserves 200 years of Nashville's historic past, from frontier to Civil War to ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  866-832-8197

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Treasures and More on 64
"Find the treasures of Franklin, Giles, Lawrence, Lincoln and Wayne counties on Highway ...more

City:  Pulaski, TN

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Trotter-McMahan House
"An 1848 Federal-style home located just off the Middle Creek bypass. One of the first examples of Greek Revival style architecture in the county, this 1848 house was constructed by builder Frederick Emert for Dr. William Harrison Trotter (1814-1887). A Civil War bullet hole in its staircase is a small symbol of all the house has survived. On a Century farm, ...more

City:  Sevierville, TN

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Trotter-Waters House
"Lewis Buckner built a number of houses in a 40-year period, 15 of which still stand. This 1895 home is a Buckner ...more

City:  Sevierville, TN

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Trousdale Place
"This historic home of former Tennessee Governor William Trousdale was built around 1813 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house contains original Trousdale furniture and a small Confederate ...more

City:  Gallatin, TN
Phone:  615-452-5648

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Tullahoma Campaign Civil War Driving Trail
"The Tullahoma Campaign of 1863 is often overshadowed by the simultaneous events of Gettysburg and Vicksburg, even though the results were strategically more significant than Gettysburg and tactically equivalent to Vicksburg. With the loss of manpower, agricultural staples, the industrial base and, most importantly, the Chattanooga rail center, the Tullahoma Campaign was the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. Follow ...more

City:  Multi-city, TN

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Tullahoma Fine Arts Center & Regional Art Museum
"Located in the historic Baillet house. A new wing, the Regional Museum of Art was added in 1992. It hosts the center's permanent ...more

City:  Tullahoma, TN
Phone:  931-455-1234

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U.S. Post Office
"Built in 1938 by WPA workings, the building is of Neo-Georgian design. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it contains a famous mural, "Autumn," painted by government-commissioned artist Marguerite ...more

City:  Ripley, TN
Phone:  800-275-8777

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Unicoi Turnpike Trail
"The Unicoi Turnpike Trail is a trade and war path that predates written history. The places, events, and people associated with the trail are linked to the nation's ...more

City:  Etowah, TN
Phone:  (187) 751-0576

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Stone Bridge Memorial Park & Visitor Center
"Miniature of 1861 stone bridge (the original fell in 1969), visitor center, pavilions, walking track, restrooms, waterfall, 1796 cabin and canoe access to Elk ...more

City:  Fayetteville, TN
Phone:  931-433-6059

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Stones River National Battlefield
"The Battle of Stones River was one of the bloodiest and most significant battles of the Civil ...more

City:  Murfreesboro, TN
Phone:  615-893-9501

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Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism
"We invite you to join us in our quest as we preserve the past, share our heritage, and showcase the beautiful attractions in Sullivan County, Tennessee, truly "a Museum of Masterpieces, both old and new". Please visit our website at ...more

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

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Sumner County Archives
"A premier resource and research center housing a vast collection of public records including wills, estates and other miscellaneous documents. Records date back to 1786 spanning the entire existence of Sumner County. The collection is fully indexed and easily ...more

City:  Gallatin, TN
Phone:  615-452-0037

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Sumner County Museum
"Standing 3 stories tall and spanning more than 10,000 square feet, the museum is home to more than 250,000 artifacts including those recovered from archeological digs at Bledsoe Fort. The museum houses many items that were once owned by local music stars as well as objects from the world famous Randy's Records Shop. The museum includes Native American and ...more

City:  Gallatin, TN
Phone:  615-451-3738

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Surrender House/Dover Hotel
"Site of the surrender of Fort Donelson. Original structure built in 1851 was formerly the Dover ...more

City:  Dover, TN
Phone:  931-232-5706

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area
"Nature, as well as history, is in full view at Sycamore Shoals. A prime example of an East Tennessee river valley, the park sits beside the Watauga River. Bottomland forest is an excellent habitat for sycamore trees, annuals, many bird species, two butterfly gardens, and colonial ...more

City:  Elizabethton, TN
Phone:  423-543-5808

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Tellico Ranger Station
"Nestled near the heart of Tellico River Gorge, this 1930s-era Ranger Station offers visitor information and historic ...more

City:  Tellico Plains, TN
Phone:  877-444-6777

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Tennessee Central Railway Museum
"Railroad museum/excursion train takes more than 25 trips per year to Lebanon, Watertown and Cookeville. 1950's diesel locomotives and passenger cars are the train. Museum room, hobby shop and model railroads are also part of the ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-244-9001

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Tennessee Museum of Aviation
"Non-profit foundation dedicated to preserving aviation history, advancing aviation education and honoring those making contributions to aviation and aerospace. Featuring 50,000 square feet of museum exhibits, many flyable aircraft, ...more

City:  Sevierville, TN
Phone:  866-286-8738

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Tennessee Newspaper & Printing Museum
"Tennessee's only newspaper museum located in the town where Tennessee's first paper was printed in 1791. National Register ...more

City:  Rogersville, TN
Phone:  423-272-1961

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Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association
"The entire southern half of the Cherokee National Forest forms the heart of the Tennessee Overhill. With its rivers, trails, forested mountains, green rolling hills, two scenic byways and four rivers within 30 miles, the Tennessee Overhill is a beautiful, scenic place to visit. The Tennessee Overhill also operates the Hiwassee River Rail Adventure out of Etowah, TN. ...more

City:  Etowah, TN
Phone:  877-510-5765

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Tennessee River Gorge
"The only large river canyon bordering a mid-sized city, the Tennessee River Gorge is a unique carving of the river through the Cumberland Plateau, encompassing 27,000 acres. Habitats for more than a thousand varieties of plants, trees, grasses and flowers as well as a diversified wildlife population exist in this scenic terrain. The Gorge is referred to as "Tennessee's Grand Canyon," ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-266-0314

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Tennessee River Museum
"Tribute to the Tennessee River and its influence on the land, people and the heritage of the Tennessee Valley. Five exhibits. From Muscle Shoals to Paducah, from dinosaurs to the T.V.A., history in the lower Tennessee River Valley is unique and fascinating. Exhibits chronicle prehistoric times, life of the Mississippian mound builders, the tragic story of the Trail of Tears, the ...more

City:  Savannah, TN
Phone:  800-552-3866

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Tennessee River Trails
"The Tennessee River Trail is waiting for you: a winding trail through Tennessee’s diverse river country featuring some of Tennessee’s most unique activities. Stop in Waverly, a historic railroad town featuring a museum and Civil War Fort. For something truly unique, take a guided tour of a working pearl farm at the Tennessee Freshwater Pearl Farm in Camden. For even ...more

City:  Jackson, TN
Phone:  731-668-6424

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