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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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Bostick Female Academy
"‪Dr. Jonathan Bostick bequeathed the funds for Bostick Female Academy, built to replace the famed Porter Female Academy burned by Union soldiers during the Civil War in 1863. Built in 1892, it enrolled 75 girls at a time, and closed as public education became a reality in the 1900s. It served as a Triune public school from 1904-49, and is ...more

City:  College Grove, TN

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Bowen Plantation House
"Circa 1787, the Bowen Plantation House is among Tennessee's oldest brick residences. Built by Revolutionary War Veteran, Captain William Bowen and his wife, Mary, the home represents the determination of early settlers to survive on the frontier. The home is located within Moss-Wright ...more

City:  Goodlettsville, TN
Phone:  615-859-3678

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Boyd Mill Avenue Historic District
"The district of private residences features Colonial Revival, Folk Victorian, Bungalow and Cottage residences constructed in the early through mid-20th century. Magnolia Hall is the exception: an 1840 residence in the Italianate Style, built by Campbell, who started the first national bank to open in Middle Tennessee after the Civil War. It features a cupola and widow’s walk, uncommon architecture ...more

City:  Franklin, TN

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Brabson's Ferry Plantation
"John Brabson established this ferry and plantation, now a private residence, in the late 1700s, and his sons operated them after his death. The farm was looted by Sevier County Unionists near the end of the Civil War, and most of the family fled, returning at the end of the 19th century to rebuild. The Brabson family still owns and ...more

City:  Sevierville, TN

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Bradford-Hynds House/Attack On Dandridge
"As Confederate General James Longstreet’s 20,000 Confederates approached Dandridge in 1863, Union commanders met here and decided to withdraw their vastly outnumbered troops to Strawberry Plains. The Confederate high command occupied the house the next ...more

City:  Dandridge, TN

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Bradley Academy Museum & Cultural Center
"Built in 1917 as a school for African Americans. Features restored classroom, Civil War exhibit and local history ...more

City:  Murfreesboro, TN
Phone:  615-867-2633

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Bristol Historic Downtown
"From its earliest days, Bristol served as a trade hub and by the late 1800s, it had become the largest center for commerce within a 200-mile radius. In 1899, H.P. King built the region’s first complete department store paving the way for retail growth. In 1901, State Street was born — a thriving shopping district — and is still the ...more

City:  Bristol, TN
Phone:  423-989-4850

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Bromley Hotel
"Built 1909-1911, residence and clinic for Horace C. Bromley. National Register of Historic Places. This property became a hotel from ...more

City:  Linden, TN
Phone:  931-589-5692

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Brown-Daly-Horne House (CB&S Bank)
"Built in 1855 and purchased by Governor John C. Brown in 1869. One of the finest examples of Queen Anne-style in the ...more

City:  Pulaski, TN
Phone:  (888) 331-2232

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Brownsville Historic District
"Tour the historical district of homes and churches on the National Register of Historic ...more

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

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Buchanan Log House
"The Buchanan Log House Complex consists of four historic structures, all standing on a Revolutionary War Veteran’s land grant property. The Buchanan Log House was built by James Buchanan, son of Archibald Buchanan, on the property in 1807-1808; and the Addison Museum, a one and one-half story log cabin built by Addison Buchanan in 1847 on ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  (615) 370-9415

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Buford Pusser Sheriff's Office
"The Historic McNairy County Courthouse has preserved the original office of Former Sheriff Buford Pusser. Daily tours are open to the ...more

City:  Adamsville, TN
Phone:  731-632-4080

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Butler Mansion Bed & Breakfast
"The Butler Mansion, grand dame of the Hampton historic district is an architectural jewel perfectly situated for your special event, meeting, retreat, business travel or just a romantic getaway. Enjoy unique, private, luxurious accommodations and first class amenities in a warm and friendly atmosphere where personal service is the order of the day. Walk through the colorful rooms and look at ...more

City:  Hampton, TN
Phone:  423-725-3544

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Butler Museum
"This museum depicts early life in the mountains featuring Indian artifacts, Civil War artifacts and artifacts from home life. Old town of Butler up to 1948 when gates of Watauga Dam were ...more

City:  Butler, TN
Phone:  423-768-3880

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Cades Cove Heritage Tours
"Purchase tickets online, over the phone, or in ...more

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  865-448-8838

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Blount Mansion
"By 1925, the area around the Blount Mansion had been allowed to seriously deteriorate. Slums existed in the waterfront area. Blount Mansion was in seriously run-down condition. Across the street from the Mansion site, the Andrew Johnson Hotel was under construction as part of a downtown revitalization. Efforts were underway to purchase the Blount Mansion property, and raze the only ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-525-2375

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Blues City Tours
"Graceland, City Tour, Mud Island, Riverboat, Civil Rights Museum. Casino at Mud Island, Memphis Music Tour, Shopping at Beale ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-522-9229

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Bolivar Historic Court Square
"Bolivar's first established historic district includes the Little Courthouse Museum, the Hardeman County Courthouse, as well as a Confederate ...more

City:  Bolivar, TN
Phone:  731-658-6554

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Bolivar Historic District Walking Tour
"Blessed with classic architectural styles running the gamut from Greek Revival to Italianate, Bolivar's historic districts hearken back to a day when nearly fanatical attention to detail could be seen from initial design to the detailed decorative carvings throughout the buildings. The famed Philadelphia-based architect Fletcher Sloan has left his mark of genius through a number of post-bellum homes that ...more

City:  Bolivar, TN
Phone:  (731) 658-6554

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Bradley Academy Museum & Cultural Center
"Built in 1917 as a school for African Americans. Features restored classroom, Civil War exhibit and local history ...more

City:  Murfreesboro, TN
Phone:  615-867-2633

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Britton Lane Civil War Battlefield
"Site of 1862 battle. Restored log cabin used as a hospital on battlefield site. More than 5,000 troops met in ...more

City:  Denmark, TN
Phone:  731-935-2209

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Bromley Hotel
"Built 1909-1911, residence and clinic for Horace C. Bromley. National Register of Historic Places. This property became a hotel from ...more

City:  Linden, TN
Phone:  931-589-5692

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Brown-Daly-Horne House (CB&S Bank)
"Built in 1855 and purchased by Governor John C. Brown in 1869. One of the finest examples of Queen Anne-style in the ...more

City:  Pulaski, TN
Phone:  (888) 331-2232

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Brownsville Historic District
"Tour the historical district of homes and churches on the National Register of Historic ...more

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

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Buck Lodge Fortifications (Fort Mitchell)
"The Buck Lodge site was another federal stockade meant to protect the vital Louisville and Nashville railroad line.  Manned by the 13th Indiana Field Artillery and the 106th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, the fortifications protected two bridges as well as a water tank.  The site is not open to the ...more

City:  Gallatin, TN
Phone:  888-425-5286

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Buford Pusser Sheriff's Office
"The Historic McNairy County Courthouse has preserved the original office of Former Sheriff Buford Pusser. Daily tours are open to the ...more

City:  Adamsville, TN
Phone:  731-632-4080

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Butler Museum
"This museum depicts early life in the mountains featuring Indian artifacts, Civil War artifacts and artifacts from home life. Old town of Butler up to 1948 when gates of Watauga Dam were ...more

City:  Butler, TN
Phone:  423-768-3880

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Buttonwillow Civil War Dinner Theater
"SELECTED BY THE TRAVEL CHANNEL and FEATURED ON THE HISTORY CHANNEL! Located in the old Buttonwillow Church just outside of Chattanooga....The Buttonwillow Church Civil War Dinner Theater proudly presents "Granddaddy's Watch", a moving two-hour live performance recently featured on PBS and based on actual events. The War Between the States comes to life on a magnificent 19th-century set in the beautifully ...more

City:  Whitwell, TN
Phone:  423-658-7478

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Cades Cove Heritage Tours
"Purchase tickets online, over the phone, or in ...more

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  865-448-8838

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Camp Blount

City:  Fayetteville, TN

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Downtown Loudon Walking Tour
"Downtown Loudon offers a taste of nostalgia. Walking tour brochures available. Come explore the 19th Century architecture of one of Tennessee's oldest ...more

City:  Loudon, TN
Phone:  865-458-9020

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Downtown Presbyterian Church
"Founded in 1816, this site has hosted a sword presentation to Andrew Jackson, witnessed the inauguration of President James K. Polk and is still used as a church and occasional concert hall today. Considered a national landmark as of the few examples of Egyptian Revival architecture in the U.S., capitol architect William Strickland also designed this building. ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-254-7584

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Dyersburg Middle School
"An Eagle Scout project spawned this arboretum. Located Northwest of the school, approximately 40 species were identified to help classes and the public learn their trees. The paved walking trail also includes hundreds of perennials along its path. Visitors are welcome but are encouraged to sign in prior to viewing the grounds. For more information, call ...more

City:  Dyersburg, TN
Phone:  731-285-4780

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Dyersburg Okena Park
"A tornado in 2004 almost derailed this arboretum when it damaged and destroyed several trees. The hub of recreation activities for the Dyersburg community, this park contains a one-mile walking trail with various trees labeled for easy viewing from the trail. For more information contact ...more

City:  Dyersburg, TN
Phone:  731-285-6420

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East Tennessee State University (ETSU)
"The ETSU arboretum encompasses the entire 366-acre campus of the university and is located in Johnson City. The arboretum contains over 135 species of trees representing 6 families of conifers and 33 families of angiosperms, and include trees from Asia, Europe, and North America. Pamphlets are available for self-guided tours, and visitors can also take a self-guided audio tour. For ...more

City:  Johnson City, TN
Phone:  423-439-8635

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Elizabethton Walking Tour
"A self-guided walking tour. Tour the historic structures along this mainly level route. Shop and eat in the historic downtown area. Brochures available at the Chamber of ...more

City:  Elizabethton, TN
Phone:  423-547-3852

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Erin Historic District
"Erin, established in 1871, has gift and craft shops. The third Saturday in March is the biggest Irish celebration this side of Chicago. Originally settled by Irish immigrants who came to build the railroad, the town has developed a two-mile walking trail along the abandoned railroad bed. The trail runs through the historic district, which includes Victorian homes and businesses ...more

City:  Erin, TN
Phone:  931-289-5100

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Fayetteville Historic Downtown
"Visit Fayetteville's historic downtown for shopping, dining, art and beautiful architecture from the late 1800s to early 1900s. During the 2nd week of November the town comes alive with the spirit of a Dickens Christmas during Host of Christmas ...more

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

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Franklin on Foot
"Franklin on Foot is a tour company located in Historic Franklin, Tenn., that offers both daily walking and bike tours. Our daily Classic Franklin guided walking tour is the perfect way to peek behind the town’s charming exterior at the people and events that have shaped it. The tour is offered Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 2 ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  615 400-3808

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Harpeth Hall School
"The objective of this arboretum is to provide green space in the urban environment and provide educational opportunities for horticultural sciences and independent study of tree identification. Visitors are welcome but are encouraged to sign in prior to viewing the grounds. For contact information call ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-292-6009

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Hermitage Garden
"Andrew Jackson hired an English gardener, William Frost, in 1819 at the recommendation of a friend to plan and lay out the garden at The Hermitage. The garden covers more than an acre and contains many of the flowers available in the 1800s. It was a place that Rachel Jackson loved so much that President Jackson had a special gazebo-like ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-889-2941, ext. 220

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Historic Collinsville
"A log pioneer settlement interprets life in middle Tennessee during the 1800s. The original buildings are furnished and restored ...more

City:  Southside, TN
Phone:  931-216-2911

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Historic Downtown Clinton
"Spend countless hours shopping for antiques, collectibles and specialty items and enjoy the unique eateries in restored Historic Downtown ...more

City:  Clinton, TN
Phone:  (800) 524-3602

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Historic Downtown Dickson
"Civil War soldiers built the railroad that now fronts the Historic Halbrook Hotel, War Memorial Building and the new city park. Just off the railroad you will find, not only the Old Train Depot., but also the birthplace of Frank Clement in the Halbrook Hotel. See the War Memorial Building that is one of only two Depression-era War Memorial Buildings in ...more

City:  Dickson, TN
Phone:  877-718-4967

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Historic Downtown Rockwood
"In the quaint historic downtown area of Rockwood visitors will find antique & specialty shops, an ole-timey soda fountain, Glitterville Studios, country cooking & fine dining, and foot-stompin' fun at a bluegrass music show, all within a city block. Rockwood is home to the Annual Christmas Home Tour complete with civil war re-enactments the 1st weekend in December and is ...more

City:  Rockwood, TN
Phone:  865-354-0611

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