Historic parks in Tennessee are retreats, places of beauty, most often with points of interest--parks with a past are all the more enticing.
Pall Mall holds Sgt. Alvin C. York Historic Park, which includes the York family farm and the grist mill brave Sgt. York operated for many years on the banks of the Wolf River. In Henning, 1,642-acre Fort Pillow State Historic Park, situated on the Chickasaw Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, is rich in both historic and archaeological significance. Step back in time in Vonore at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area, a 1,200-acre site on one of the earliest British fortifications on the western frontier, built in 1756. Nearby were the principal towns of the Cherokee Nation including Tenase, namesake of our state, and Tuskeegee, birthplace of Sequoyah. Today the fort and the 1794 Tellico Blockhouse overlook TVA's Tellico Reservoir and the Appalachian Mountains.
Tennessee River Gorge
The only large river canyon bordering a mid-sized city, the Tennessee River Gorge is a unique carving of the river through the Cumberland Plateau, encompassing 27,000 acres. Habitats for more than a thousand varieties of plants, trees, grasses and flowers as well as a diversified wildlife population exist in this scenic terrain. ...more
Tennessee State Capitol
Finished in 1859, the historic Tennessee State Capitol is one of the oldest working capitols in the country and designated as a civil engineering landmark for its innovative construction. The distinctive tower is designed after the monument of Lysicrates in Athens, Greece. ...more
Tennessee State Library & Archives
A multi-purpose institution that offers historical information on Tennessee, special services to local libraries, archives, and the blind and physically handicapped. ...more
Tennessee Valley Railroad
The largest historic railroad in the South offers daily one-hour rides on restored vintage trains pulling over antebellum rail lines. Travel through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel and to Chickamauga. ...more
The Athenaeum Rectory
Columbia's Athenaeum flourished from 1852 to 1904 as a school which taught girls everything a well-educated young man would have learned at the time, including physics and calculus. The Rectory is the last remaining building of the famed, well-respected Columbia Athenaeum. ...more
The Battles for Chattanooga Electric Map
Spectacular, three-dimensional electronic battle map presentation of Chattanooga's Civil War history, featuring 5,000 miniature soldiers, 650 lights, sound effects and exceptional detail of the major battle of November 1863. Gift shop. ...more
The Carter House
This Registered Historic Landmark is now open to the public and serves as a memorial to the Carter family as well as the countless heroes in the Battle of Franklin. The modest brick home was the Federal Command Post while the family took refuge in the basement. ...more