With names like "Rattle and Snap," "Green Frog Village" and "Crescent Bend," you are immediately drawn into legends that lie within Tennessee's carefully preserved homes, villages, farms and surrounds.
Look into a graceful, early rural life at 1797 Ramsey House Plantation, with acreage, exhibits and an heirloom garden. Once considered "the most costly and most admired house in Tennessee," it is among the few surviving houses designed by Tennessee's first formally trained architect, Thomas Hope. Learn about the Overton legacy at 200-year-old Traveller's Rest Plantation and Museum at Traveller's Rest. Take in a reenactment as you tour the grounds, the home and the schoolhouse.
Originally chartered by the general assembly in 1957, the Tennessee Agricultural Museum now stands as one of Tennessee's best collections of artifacts relating to the pioneering days of Tennessee farm families. Located at Ellington Agricultural Center in south Nashville, the museum is housed in a former horse barn, originally part of the Brentwood Hall estate of financier Rogers Caldwell. ...more
Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center
Originally known as the Palmer House, this ten-room, bungalow style home was constructed in 1918 and 1919 by Will E. Palmer, the maternal grandfather of Alex Haley (1921-1992). ...more
Andrew Johnson Hotel
(Private Property) Named in honor of President (and Tennessee native) Andrew Johnson and once the finest hotel in Knoxville, this 1928 building hosted many notable guests, including Amelia Earhart, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Duke Ellington. Its penthouse radio studio broadcast both country and jazz music and witnessed the end of two major musical careers: country legend Hank Williams spend the last night of his life here on New Year's Eve, 1952, and Russian composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff stayed here the night after the last performance of his career in 1943, and died a few weeks after that. ...more
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
The site marks the home of the 17th president, who succeeded Lincoln and oversaw Reconstruction. Born in 1808, Andrew Johnson ran away from home with his brother to Greeneville, Tennessee, at age 16, where he became a tailor. ...more
Ardmore City Hall
Ardmore is located in two states and four counties; Giles and Lincoln Counties in Tennessee and Limestone and Madison Counties in Alabama. It has grown from a one store-house built in 1911 to a thriving town of businesses, churches, schools, and a factory. ...more
Built in 1924 by attorney John Smith and originally called Smith's Brick Hotel, the hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also, on property is a bookstore and gift shop with Precious Moments and Thomas Kinkade items. ...more
Armstrong-Lockett House & W.P. Toms Memorial Gardens "Crescent Bend"
The Armstrong-Lockett House built in 1834 just west of downtown Knoxville, this southern antebellum home was once the centerpiece of a 600 acre working farm and is named for its prominent setting overlooking a majestic crescent bend in the Tennessee River. Meticulously restored in 1977, Crescent Bend is furnished with Eighteenth Century antique furniture, decorative arts, and an outstanding collection of English silver, circa 1569-1830. ...more
Asoociation for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities Historic Homes
With its mission to promote participation in the preservation of Tennessee’s rich historic, cultural, architectural and archeological heritage through restoration, education, advocacy and statewide cooperation, the Association of the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities is the oldest statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization in the State of Tennessee and the fourth oldest in the nation. Since 1951, APTA has been preserving and maintaining historic sites that play an important role in Tennessee’s rich cultural heritage. ...more
Baker Peters Jazz Club and Restaurant
Whether enjoying live jazz on a festive evening or tucked away in cozy room for a delicious dining experience, you are sure to feel relaxed and rewarded at Baker Peters Jazz Club and Restaurant. History of the home that plays host to the club is as rich as the fare. ...more
Construction for this now private residence home began in 1791 near the Great Indian Warpath/Great Stage Road. The surrounding community became known as Barton’s Spring after Isaac Barton expanded the structure in 1820. ...more
Main Street McMinnville
Main Street McMinnville is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to the revitalization and development of downtown McMinnville. Their vision of historic downtown McMinnville is to create a safe, culturally rich and architecturally preserved downtown which is vibrant and eye-appealing, family and community oriented, and commercially viable. ...more