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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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Valentine Sevier Home
"The oldest house in Greeneville, it was built ca. 1795 by Valentine Sevier, a political leader and nephew of John Sevier. Later owned by President Andrew Johnson, after the Civil War it became the residence of the Marshall, Arnold, O’Keefe and Susong families, including Quincy Marshall O’Keefe and Edith O’Keefe Susong — the only mother and daughter duo in the ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN

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Vardy School Community Historic District and Mahala Mullins Cabin
"The Vardy Community, established in 1892, is at the foot of Newman’s Ridge. The district was named after Vardemon Collins, one of the first recorded Melungeon inhabitants, and was first settled around 1780. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, dozens of settlement and mission schools were established across rural Appalachia, including a historic school at Vardy. Over the next ...more

City:  Sneedville, TN

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Vine Hill
"This large, columned house is only visible from the road in winter months. Originally owned by James Webster, the first child born in Maury County, it is now a home again after serving as the Maury County Historical Society’s meeting place from the ...more

City:  Williamsport, TN

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Vonore Heritage Museum
"On display are artifacts used by the people of Vonore from the late 1800s through the 1950s. Artifacts include Civil War pieces; WWI and WWII uniforms; trophies; plaques; and pictures from the now-closed Vonore High ...more

City:  Vonore, TN
Phone:  423-884-2989

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W.C. Handy House Museum
"William Christopher Handy known as the “Father of the Blues” was born in 1873 in Florence, Alabama in a log cabin built by his grandfather. Growing up, he received lessons on the cornet in the local barber shop. Handy was teaching school by age nineteen, but left for a high paying job at a factory in Bessemer, Alabama. Wishing to ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-527-3427

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Walking Tours of the Historic Homes of Fayetteville
"Maps and home descriptions are available at the Chamber of ...more

City:  Fayetteville, TN
Phone:  888-433-1238

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Waverly Train Explosion Memorial Museum
"On-site memorial to 1978 train derailment disaster, footage used for training to prevent future hazardous material disaster. Pictures, video, newspaper articles and comments from those on the ...more

City:  Waverly, TN
Phone:  931-296-2101

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Webb Brothers Float Service & Store
"Family business, oldest rafting company on Hiwassee. All ages for rafting. Five-mile trip (two - four hours). Tubes, rafts, funyaks, private takeout at shop. Farm, general store and guest house are all part of Reliance Historic District on National ...more

City:  Reliance, TN
Phone:  877-932-7238

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Wessyngton Plantation
"One of the great tobacco plantations of the South, Wessyngton was the estate of the Washington family, one of the state’s largest slave owners.  In 1860 the family owned 13,000 acres and their 274 slaves raised 250,000 pounds of tobacco.  Once the occupying armies came, many Wessyngton slaves escaped and joined the U.S. Colored Troops in the region.  This National ...more

City:  Cedar Hill vicinity, TN
Phone:  615-384-3800

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West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center
"An Authentic Southern Experience! Just off I-40, Exit 56, (behind McDonald's) in Brownsville, Tennessee, is the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center. Opened in 1999, the center offers visitors a taste of what West Tennessee has to offer — a staging area for your West Tennessee adventure. Learn more about Brownsville's Historic Homes, the famous "Mind Field," Dunbar Carver Museum, the ...more

City:  Brownsville, TN
Phone:  731-779-9000

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Whisperwood Chapel
"Architectural tour of site of Log Home Guide Magazine. Weddings may be arranged in their historic log chapel. Tour is offered 11 a.m. daily with advance reservations required. Picnic lunch included. Whisperwood Chapel was built by Peter ...more

City:  Cosby, TN
Phone:  800-962-2246

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White House Inn Library & Museum
"Replica of the original White House Inn, a stopover between Nashville and Louisville in horse and buggy days. Museum has antiques and artifacts of White ...more

City:  White House, TN
Phone:  615-672-0239

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White Lightning Trail
"The White Lightning Trail is waiting for you: a picturesque drive through the fertile valleys and rustic charm of the Tennessee hills. After leaving the city limits, you’ll pass through the Great Smoky Mountains into historic country music — Maynardville — home to country music greats like Chet Atkins and Roy Acuff. Heading north, you’ll travel along the same route ...more

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White Lily Flour Mill
"This biscuit-colored building just across the tracks once housed White Lily Flours. Known to chefs as the best of American flours, the brand was one of the city's most famous products for more than a century, beginning with its original development in the ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-546-5511

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White Plains Plantation
"Drive past this beautiful 1848 Antebellum home, part of the historic White Plains Plantation, first established in 1809 and a stop-over along the famous Walton Road. One of the early plantation’s most famous guests was Rachel Jackson, First Lady of President Andrew Jackson. Family lore tells that she quilted during her stops at the original White Plains home. One of ...more

City:  Algood, TN
Phone:  931-537-6662

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Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
"This state-of-the-art, 7,500-square-foot interactive facility chronicles the history of sports in Tennessee from the early 1800s to contemporary star ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-242-4750

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Tennessee State Capitol
"Finished in 1859, the historic Tennessee State Capitol is one of the oldest working capitols in the country and designated as a civil engineering landmark for its innovative construction. The distinctive tower is designed after the monument of Lysicrates in Athens, Greece. The architect, William Strickland, died in 1854 and is entombed above the cornerstone. The exterior and interior walls ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  800-407-4324

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Tennessee State Library & Archives
"A multi-purpose institution that offers historical information on Tennessee, special services to local libraries, archives, and the blind and physically ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-741-2764

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Tennessee State Museum
"One of the largest museums in the nation with more than 60,000 square feet of permanent exhibits and a 10,000 square-foot changing exhibition hall. Exhibits begin with prehistoric people and continue through the early 1900s. The Tennessee State Museum has one of the best Civil War Collections in the ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  800-407-4324

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Tennessee Technological University
"TTU offers academic excellence at an exceptional value. Tour our picturesque, historic campus or shop for unique items in our craft ...more

City:  Cookeville, TN
Phone:  800-255-8881

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Tennessee Valley Railroad
"The largest historic railroad in the South offers daily one-hour rides on restored vintage trains pulling over antebellum rail lines. Travel through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel and over multiple bridges. Special events and all-day excursions offered throughout the year. See web site for more ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  800-397-5544

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Tennessee's Backroads Heritage, Inc.
"Regional information including the Tullahoma Campaign, Civil War Trail, Tennessee Walking Horse Trail and agri-tourism ...more

City:  Tullahoma, TN
Phone:  800-799-6131

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The Athenaeum Rectory
"Columbia's Athenaeum flourished from 1852 to 1904 as a school, educating girls in subjects like physics and calculus. The Moorish Gothic architecture sets it apart from all other buildings in the area. The interior of the home has been newly renovated with changing exhibits featured in the home throughout the ...more

City:  Columbia, TN
Phone:  931-381-4822

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The Battles for Chattanooga Electric Map
"Spectacular, three-dimensional electronic battle map presentation of Chattanooga's Civil War history, featuring 5,000 miniature soldiers, 650 lights, sound effects and exceptional detail of the major battle of November 1863. Gift shop. Group rates ...more

City:  Lookout Mountain, TN
Phone:  423-821-2812

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The Borderlands Exhibit & Driving Tour
"This exhibit strives to compile and preserve the area's Civil War Era heritage and artifacts. Contact by phone or e-mail for more ...more

City:  Byrdstown, TN
Phone:  888-406-4704

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The Carter House
"This Registered Historic Landmark is now open to the public and serves as a memorial to the Carter family as well as the countless heroes in the Battle of Franklin. The modest brick home was the Federal Command Post while the family took refuge in the ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  615-791-1861

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The Center for Historic Preservation
"The Center for Historic Preservation houses a significant collection of preservation publications, maps, research and reference ...more

City:  Murfreesboro, TN
Phone:  615-898-2947

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The Crossville Depot
"Unique gifts for everyone. Daily coffee, tea and candy samples. Come to the historic depot where Alvin C. York returned home from ...more

City:  Crossville, TN
Phone:  931-456-2586

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The Felsenthal Lincoln Collection
"Collection left by the late Morton Felsenthal. Displayed are pictures, documents and rare artifacts of Abe Lincoln's life and the Civil ...more

City:  Brownsville, TN
Phone:  731-772-4883

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The Friends of the Sellars Farm State Archaeological Area
"The Sellars Farm State Archaeological Area is the site of a Native American mound/village dating from 1000-1300AD. It is open by special appointment through the Wilson County Convention and Visitors Bureau or Long Hunter State ...more

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

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