Local Culture & Artisans
Take home a bit of Tennessee tradition and culture. From brilliantly colored blown glass to intricately woven baskets to skillfully crafted jewelry, pots, furniture and more, Tennessee's finest treasures are often sculpted by the hands of its talented artisans and craftsmen.
Frequent the Bluff View Art District in Chattanooga, where a dedication to the visual, horticultural and culinary arts can be experienced by all the senses. Plan a day for a drive through the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, an 8-mile loop that is home to the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Most importantly, circle the calendar for one of Tennessee's fantastically colorful artisan festivals. Rogersville's Heritage Days has fun for everyone with crafters and cloggers, while Nashville's Music and Molasses Arts and Crafts Festival is the perfect way to kick off the autumn season.
Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Museum, Farm, Tour & Jewelry Showroom
Visit North America’s only freshwater pearl-culturing facility--the official historical site of pearl-culturing for the State of Tennessee, growing the official State of Tennessee gem, the freshwater pearl. Birdsong Resort is the home of The Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm--the only freshwater pearl-culturing farm in America. ...more
Top Secret Trail
Top Secret is waiting for you: a trail of secrets hidden among the scenic wilds of the Upper Cumberland Plateau. Immerse yourself in early Knoxville history by touring Blount Mansion, James White Fort and Bleak House, General Longstreet’s 1863 Battle of Knoxville headquarters. ...more
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