Historic Buildings & Sites
On the ancient grounds of Chucalissa, one can imagine the Native American settlement that once called Tennessee home. Climb the front steps of the Hermitage and be transported to the days of Andrew Jackson. Feel the magnitude of the Manhattan Project: Visit Oak Ridge and the Graphite Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Tennessee boasts a long and colorful history--one best told in the numerous historic sites and buildings spread across the state. Visit Sun Records; stand within the same walls that heard the first recordings of Elvis and Johnny Cash. Grab a bite to eat at Hoskins Drug Store and be sure to treat yourself to a refreshment from the old-fashioned 1940s soda fountain. Take a day to explore Tennessee's first school, founded by Sam Houston, or school yourself in the history of the Scopes Trial with a visit to the Rhea County Courthouse.
Portland Historic Business District
A small city park across from the Chamber of Commerce office contains two historical markers about early confederate invasions of Kentucky, which passed through Richland Station, now known as Portland. ...more
Robertson County Courthouse Square
Springfield, a major tobacco center, was also an occupied town for most of the Civil War. Federal troops arrived in the spring 1862 and quickly garrisoned the town, especially around the county courthouse that stood on a high hill overlooking the railroad tracks. ...more
Rutherford County Courthouse & East Main Street Historic District
Built in 1859, this pre-Civil War structure is still a working county building. This was the site of General Morgan's raid before battle. ...more
Salem Cemetery Battlefield
A self-guided tour amid the monuments honoring Union and Confederate soldiers killed in the December 19, 1862 battle near Jackson. Approximately 1,000 soldiers were engaged in the battle between General Forrest's cavalry and Union troops. ...more
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. ...more