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.
Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum (Burkle Estate)
A white clapboard house built in 1849 by Jacob Burkle is rumored to have served as a way station on the Underground Railroad for runaway slaves. A tour of the house includes a visit to a small cellar where slaves waited to escape. ...more
Soldier in Grey
Dedicated on April 6, 1905, on the 43rd anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh. The hand-chiseled granite monument stands guard on the courthouse lawn at the center of Historic Court Square. ...more
Southeast Tennessee Civil War Trail
Southeast Tennessee's Civil War Trails, Fighting for the Rails brochure provides a designated path for southeast Tennessee travelers to follow as they explore sites associated with the American Civil War in Tennessee. The brochure has 47 sites and covers 10 counties. ...more
The site of a 1,600 foot long railroad bridge that crossed the Holston River on eleven stone piers, and an additional 500 feet of trestlework. This bridge was first burned by Colonel William P. ...more