Historic Roads & Trails
Centuries before the European settlers set foot on Tennessee soil, these mountainsides and riverbanks were home to the Cherokee, Yuchi, Koasati, Shawnee and Chickasaw Indians.
Forcibly removed in the 1800s, many of these Tennessee natives lost their families, their homes and their lives. Their lives and legacies are preserved in the monuments and museums spread across the state.
Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
Liberty; The Saga of Sycamore Shoals - The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee. This is a two-act outdoor drama at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area depicting the settlement of Northeast Tennessee in the 18th century. ...more
Museum of Appalachia
The Museum of Appalachia is a living history farm, a unique collection of historic pioneer buildings and artifacts assembled for over a half century by John Rice Irwin. Irwin traveled the backroads, amassing thousands of everyday implements from the colorful and compelling Southern Appalachian mountain folk. ...more
Red Clay State Historic Park
Red Clay was the last seat of Cherokee government before the tribe's forced removal on the Trail of Tears. The spring on site supplied water during council meetings of chiefs. ...more
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. ...more
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