All Other Destinations and Attractions in Tennessee
Townsend is one of the "gateways" to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the home of several museums highlighting the natural and human history of the Smoky Mountains. It is a quieter town than the park's other two entrances, Gatlinburg and Cherokee.
Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum
The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum were created to preserve the heritage of the two companies. The sawmill and headquarters of the lumber company operated from 1901 to 1939. The Walland Depot building was moved to the site in 1983 and contains photographs, papers, tools and other artifacts relating to the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company.
Official site: www.littleriverrailroad.org
Address: Box 211, Townsend, TN 37882, United States
The Tuckaleechee Caverns are noted for onyx formations, high waterfalls, and unexplored sections.
Official site: www.tuckaleecheecaverns.com
Address: 825 Cavern Road, United States
Spring Hill, Tennessee
Spring Hill (pop. 7,700) was a hunting ground for the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Shawnee. The first settlers arrived in 1808, began to clear land and build log cabins. Spring Hill has a Saturn automobile plant.
Rippavilla was completed in 1855 and was the plantation home of the Cheairs family. The property is part of the original McCutcheon Trace, an early pioneer trail. The grounds feature the family cemetery, several foundations for slave cabins and one slave residence, and part of the Spring Hill battlefield in 1864 where Rippavilla was used by both Union and Confederate officers as a headquarters. The house has been restored to its 1860s appearance.
Official site: www.rippavilla.org
Address: 5700 Main Street, Spring Hill, TN 37174-2408, United States
Saturn Corporation Welcome Center and Plant Tour
Saturn offers tours of the automobile plant in Spring Hill including vehicle and interior systems. The Welcome Center has interactive exhibits about Saturn's founding and the design of the vehicles.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Pigeon Forge (pop. 3,000) was settled in the late 1700s when travelers from the Carolinas followed the Great Indian Path through the Smoky Mountains. An iron forge was established in 1820 by Isaac Cove and a tub mill, 10 years later, by his son. The name "Pigeon" came from the passenger pigeons that fed on beech trees along the banks of the river.
Carbo's Police Museum (closed)
(CLOSED)Carbo's Police Museum in Pigeon Forge features a private collection of authentic police items including badges, uniforms, billy clubs, handcuffs, collector weapons, drug exhibit, and confiscated weapons. Memorabilia from the life of Sheriff Buford Pusser of 'Walking Tall' fame, including the 1974 Corvette in which he was killed is displayed.
Dollywood is named for the well-endowed entertainer Dolly Parton and is located to the west of Pigeon Forge. It is a theme park that provides fun and traditions of the Smoky Mountains. Over 40 rides, including the Tennessee Tornado roller coaster, are available as well as working craft shops.
Official site: www.dollywood.com
Address: 2700 Dollywood Parks Boulevard, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, United States
Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show
The Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge is a dinner and show that features 32 horses, dozens of cast members and seating for 1,000 people.
Official site: www.dixiestampede.com
Address: 3849 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868, United States
Pigeon Forge Pottery (permanently closed)
Pigeon Forge Pottery is no longer in operation.
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
22 mi. west of Knoxville is Oak Ridge (pop. 27,000), which along with Alamo was involved in the development of the atom bomb. It is still an important center of nuclear research. The National Laboratory's graphite reactor produced uranium in the form required for the bomb (exhibition). The National Museum of Science and Energy illustrates and explains the development of atomic energy.
American Museum of Science and Energy
The American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge was originally named the American Museum of Atomic Energy and offered guided tours that took visitors through the peaceful uses of atomic energy. Today, the display areas focus on the history of the WWII Manhattan project which created Oak Ridge and uses of fossil fuels and other alternative energy sources.
Official site: www.amse.org
Address: 300 South Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830-6700, United States
Children's Museum of Oak Ridge
The Children's Museum of Oak Ridge is a hands-on cultural center that focuses on the heritage of the southern Appalachia. Exhibits include reconstructed and furnished 1880s log cabins.
Official site: www.childrensmuseumofoakridge.org
Address: 461 West Outer Drive, Oak Ridge, TN 37830-3700, United States
The Graphite Reactor at Oak Ridge produced the first electricity from nuclear energy. It was built during WWII as part of the Manhattan Project and remained active until 1963.
University of Tennessee Arboretum
The Arboretum at the University of Tennessee in Oak Ridge has more than 800 species of trees, shrubs and flowering plants. Major collections include pines, magnolias, dogwoods and willows. The area has several walking trails.
Official site: forestry.tennessee.edu/arbpage.htm
Address: 901 South Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830-8032, United States
Oak Ridge Art Center
The Oak Ridge Art Center is a regional fine arts museum with a world class collection of modern and contemporary prints, paintings, and sculpture.
Official site: www.oakridgeartcenter.org
Address: 201 Badger Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37830-6216, United States
Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway became a unit of the National Park Service in 1938. It follows an historic Indian trail, between Nashville, Tennessee and Natchez, Mississippi. The Parkway preserves significant historical sites such as Emerald Mound which is the second largest ceremonial mound in the United States. It also features plantation sites, pioneer stands, archeological sites and villages, pioneer and slave cemeteries and an historic housing site.
Meriwether Lewis Site
Meriwether Lewis was made governor of the Louisiana Territory and while on the Natchez Trail, he died from a gunshot wound that is thought to have been self-inflicted. A monument is erected at the site in his memory. Information about the Natchez Trace and the Louisiana Purchase are located within a log building on the site.
Davy Crockett grew up in Morristown (pop. 25,000). The history of the town includes American pioneers, railroads, and Civil War battles.
Crockett Tavern Museum
The Crockett Tavern Museum in Morristown is the reconstructed boyhood home of Davy Crockett as well as the tavern and inn his family ran in the 1700s. The basement contains the Crockett Pioneer Museum with period artifacts.
Official site: www.discoveret.org/crockett/
Address: 2002 Morningside Drive, Morristown, TN 37814, United States
The Rose Center is housed in Morristown's first coeducational public school which was built in 1892. This cultural and historical center has a period classroom exhibit as well as a collection of photographs relating to area history.
Official site: www.rosecenter.org
Address: 442 West 2nd North Street, Box 1976, Morristown, TN 37814-4026, United States
McMinnville (pop. 13,000) is located half-way between Nashville and Chattanooga. The town offers beautiful scenery as well as golf, tennis, fishing, and hunting opportunities.
Cumberland Caverns is located southeast of McMinnville. It is the largest show cave in Tennessee and features waterfalls, gleaming pools, unusual rock formations, and a ¾ ton chandelier. Visitors can tour the saltpeter mine and view the underground lighting and sound show called "God of the Mountains".
Official site: www.cumberlandcaverns.com
Address: 1437 Cumberland Caverns Road, McMinnville, TN 37110-4673, United States
Clay Faulkner built Falcon Rest in 1896 just to the north of McMinnville. It is a 10,000 square foot mansion built of bricks featuring all the "modern conveniences". Falcon Rest has been restored to its former glory and is filled with Victorian antiques. The site also features an historic 1890s department store.
Official site: www.falconrest.com
Address: 2645 Faulkner Springs Road, McMinnville, TN 37110, United States
Land between the Lakes
The Land between the Lakes, on the border with Kentucky, was developed by the Tennessee Valley Authority as an extensive recreation area with ample scope for hiking, bathing and various sports. Visitors can also observe a herd of bison and see two museum villages of 1800 and 1850.
Johnson City, Tennessee
Johnson City (pop. 55,000) was known by five different names before its incorporation in 1869. It began as a small community surrounding the 18th century St John's Mill. The town is also home to Washington Academy, established in 1780.
Tipton-Haynes Historic Site
An ancient buffalo trail ran near the Tipton-Haynes site in Johnson City. The grounds were frequented by the Woodland Indians, the Cherokees, as well as European explorers and traders. The first white resident was Colonel John Tipton, a former member of the Territorial Assembly, U.S. Territory South of the River Ohio, who built a log house in 1784. In 1839, the estate was given as a wedding present to Landon Carter Haynes, who had the home enlarged and renovated. He also had built a free-standing office building, where he practiced law.
Official site: www.tipton-haynes.org
Address: Box 225, Johnson City, TN 37605-0225, United States
B Carroll Reece Museum
The B. Carroll Reece Memorial Museum was established as a tribute to the memory of Tennessee's First District Congressman B. Carroll Reece. Located on the East Tennessee State University campus in Johnson City, the museum exhibits include rare phonographs, musical instruments, regional artifacts and art displays.
Official site: www.etsu.edu/reece/
Address: East Tennessee State University, Box 70660, Johnson City, TN 37614-1701, United States
Hands On! Regional Museum
Visitors to the Hands On! Regional Museum in Johnson City can slide down the Katie Ellen Coal Mine or fly a real airplane, understand tidal pools and the mysteries of the sea, and learn how their body works.
Official site: www.handsonmuseum.org
Address: 315 East Main Street, Johnson City, TN 37601-5709, United States
Jackson (pop. 60,000) was settled in the early 19th C and was named by the many supporters of Gen Andrew Jackson including his soldiers and in-laws. Jackson grew into a railroading center by the 1850s and was a supply depot during the Civil War.
Cypress Grove Nature Park
The Cypress Grove Nature Park is located just west of Jackson. It features 165 acres of cypress forest and features trails, a pond and a lake that is home to various mammals, frogs, fish, turtles and more than 175 species of birds. The park is also home of the Aerie Trail Raptor Center, a haven for birds of prey that have been injured and cannot survive on their own in the wild.
Casey Jones Village
Casey Jones Village in Jackson was named for the famous railroad engineer, John Luther "Casey" Jones. The Village consists of an old country store, Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum, a train store and other shops.
Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum
The Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum in Jackson was the home of legendary railroad man, Casey Jones. Casey died in a railroad collision in April, 1900 and his story has been told in musical ballad. The Museum includes railroad artifacts, original steam locomotive engines and a model railroad exhibit.
Official site: www.caseyjones.com/caseyjones/
Address: 30 Casey Jones Lane, Jackson, TN 38305, United States
Cleveland (pop. 37,000) is located at the foot of the Smoky Mountains in southeast Tennessee. The town began as a single cabin in 1836, within six years the town had a population of 400.
Red Clay State Historic Park
Red Clay State Historic Park is located in the southwest corner Tennessee near the Tennessee-Georgia state line. The park contains a natural landmark, the Blue Hole Spring, which arises from beneath a limestone ledge to form a deep pool that flows into Mill Creek. The spring was used by the Cherokee for their water supply during council meetings. Replicas of a Cherokee farmhouse, corn crib, and barn are located on the grounds.
Official site: tennessee.gov/environment/parks/RedClay/
Address: 1140 Red Clay Park Road SW, Cleveland, TN 37311-8386, United States
Cherokee National Forest
The Cherokee National Forest consists of 633,000 acres of or mountainous terrain with deep gorges, streams and waterfalls. Recreational activities include boating, swimming, hiking, camping, horseback riding, picnicking and wildlife viewing.
Official site: www.fs.fed.us/r8/cherokee/
Address: 2800 North Ocoee Street, Cleveland, TN 37312, United States
Greeneville (pop. 15,000) was the capital of the state of Franklin from 1785 to 1788. The town was incorporated by the State of Tennessee in 1817 and named for Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene.
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site is dedicated to the memory and work of Andrew Johnson the 17th President of the United States. Johnson's home from 1830s to 1851 with rooms open to the public are located on the grounds and the national cemetery where he was buried.
Official site: www.nps.gov/anjo/
Address: Andrew Johnson NHS, 121 Monument Avenue, Greeneville, TN 37744-1088, United States
Doak House Museum
The Doak House Museum in Greeneville is a part of Tusculum College, the oldest college in the state of Tennessee. The museum exhibits the original Doak House, college-related artifacts, Doak family artifacts (1830-1860), and educational and religious artifacts.
Official site: www2.tusculum.edu/doakhouse/
Address: Box 5026, Greeneville, TN 37743-5026, United States
Nathanael Greene Museum
The Nathanael Greene Museum in Greeneville was named for Nathanael Greene, a Revolutionary War general. The museum features historical documents and items associated with President Andrew Johnson and Confederate general John Hunt Morgan. Other exhibits are the Cherokee Gallery, a military exhibit and antique furnishings.
Official site: nathanaelgreenemuseum.com
Address: 101 West McKee Street, Greeneville, TN 37743-4813, United States
Columbia (pop. 33,000) was built by settlers in 1807 on the low limestone bluffs of Duck River. The town has become the center of dairy and livestock industries and limestone quarrying.
James K Polk Ancestral Home
The James K. Polk Ancestral Home in Columbia is the only surviving residence of the eleventh U.S. President. The Federal-style brick house was built in 1816 by Samuel Polk, James' father and contains original items belonging to James Polk including furniture, paintings, and White House china. The adjacent c 1820 Sisters' House is where two of the President's married sisters lived at different times.
Official site: www.jameskpolk.com
Address: 301 West 7th Street, Box 741, Columbia, TN 38402-0741, United States
The Athenaeum Rectory in Columbia is all that remains of a school for girls which flourished from 1852 to 1904. The building is Moorish-Gothic architecture with an interior that has been renovated to reflect the period.
Official site: www.athenaeumrectory.com
Address: 808 Athenaeum Street, Columbia, TN 38401-3156, United States
Rattle & Snap
The Rattle & Snap Plantation in Columbia was built by George Washington Polk and his wife, Sallie Hilliard, from 1842-1845. The antebellum mansion has been fully restored and furnished complete with Carriage House/Stables, gardens, and ice house.
Official site: www.rattleandsnapplantation.com
Address: 1522 North Main Street, Columbia, TN 38401, United States
Clarksville (pop. 123,000) was founded in 1784 and named for Gen George Rogers Clark, an 18th C military leader and U.S. Indian commissioner. Fort Campbell Military Reservation is home to the 101st Air Assault Division of the U.S. Army.Outdoor recreation is available at Dunbar Cave State Natural Area.
Clarksville-Montgomery County Museum
The Clarksville-Montgomery County Museum is housed in the Federal Building. The building was built in 1898 with Italianate ornamentation, a pyramid shaped roof, Romanesque arches and guardian eagles. Exhibits include a restored 1846 log cabin, a re-creation of a late 19th century Clarksville Avenue, art galleries and a sculpture garden.
Address: 200 South 2nd Street, Clarksville, TN 37040-3400, United States
The Smith-Trahern Mansion in Clarksville was built in 1858 by wealthy tobacconist Christopher Smith. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and reflects the transition between Greek Revival and Italianate styles. Prominent features of the home include a curved staircase, a widow's walk on the roof and ornate woodwork.
Address: Box 852, Clarksville, TN 37041-0852, United States
Castalian Springs, Tennessee
Castalian Springs is located near Bledsoe Creek State Park. It is the location of the Cragfont and Wynnewood homes.
Construction of Cragfont was started in 1798 and completed in 1802 by General James Winchester, a Revolutionary War hero. The house is built of gray, rough-finished Tennessee limestone as well as poplar, walnut, cherry, and ash and furnished with authentic American Federal antiques, some of which are original Winchester pieces.
Official site: www.cragfont.com
Address: 200 Cragfont Road, Castalian Springs, TN 37031-4743, United States
Wynnewood is an 1828 log structure that served as a stagecoach inn and mineral springs resort. It is furnished in period furnishings. It is now a State Historic Area.
Address: 210 Old Highway 25, Castalian Springs, TN 37031-4809, United States
Athens (pop. 12,000) was founded in 1823 and is an agricultural and manufacturing center. The merchandise includes timber products, farm implements and flour.
McMinn County Living Heritage Museum
The McMinn County Living Heritage Museum in Athens features regional historical items. Exhibits include an early 20th C industrial exhibit, a general store, children's toys and books from 1850 to 1935, arts and crafts, and a pioneer log cabin furnished in period. A collection of quilts is displayed from April through June with an annual quilt show.
Official site: www.livingheritagemuseum.com
Address: 522 West Madison Avenue, Box 889, Athens, TN 37371-0889, United States
Mayfield Dairy Farms Visitor Center
The Mayfield Dairy Farms in Athens was established in 1923. Visitors can tour the farm's milk and ice cream processing facility.
Norris - Museum of Appalachia
The Museum of Appalachia, a large open-air museum situated 16 mi. north of Norris, covers every important aspect of Appalachian culture. It has the reputation of being one of the most pleasant heritage villages in the United States.Spinning and weaving exhibits are located in the display building which features more than 250,000 artifacts.Also of interest is the Tennessee Fall Homecoming, an annual event held the 2nd full weekend in October.
Official site: www.museumofappalachia.org
Address: 2819 Andersonville Highway, Box 1189, Norris, TN 37828-1189, United States
Lost Sea, Sweetwater, Tennessee
Beyond Sweetwater, 46 mi. from Knoxville, there is a cave system with the largest underwater lake yet discovered - the Lost Sea. Guided tours and boat trips are available.Confederate soldiers mined the Lost Sea caverns for saltpeter during the Civil War. Saltpeter was used to make gunpowder. During the 1900s, local townspeople created a party room, called the Cavern Tavern.
Rocky Mount Museum, Piney Flats, Tennessee
The Rocky Mount Museum is located just west of Piney Flats. It is a living-history museum that lets visitors see what Tennessee was like before it was a state. The centerpiece of the farm is the two-story, log house built by William Cobb around 1770. Other buildings include a kitchen, a weaving cabin and slaves' quarters. Cobb opened up his home to the governor of the Southwest Territory, William Blount, and Rocky Mount became the political center of what would eventually become Tennessee.
Green McAdoo Cultural Center, Clinton, Tennessee
The Green McAdoo Cultural Center commemorates the 12 young people who walked into history when they atteneded Clinton High School on August 27, 1956 as the first students to desegregate a state-supported high school.The museum presents a 1950s classroom with wooden desks and an animated "chalk talk" that decribes the Clinton 12 and other desegregation events. Other exhibits highlight the events including the bombing of Clinton High School in October 1958.
Crossville - Historic Homesteads Tower Museum
The Homesteads Tower was built in Crossville between 1937 and 1938. It was built to house the administrative offices of the Cumberland Homesteads, a project of the Roosevelt era following the "Great Depression". The octagonal stone tower houses a water tank and a winding stairway that lead to a lookout platform at the top. Exhibits include a collection of photos, documents and artifacts from the 1930's and 1940's when the community was first developed.
Address: 127 Claysville Road, Crossville, TN 38555-2336, United States
Rhea County Courthouse & Museum, Dayton, Tennessee
The Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton is a Romanesque Revival-Italian Villa Style courthouse that was built in 1891. The second floor contains the Scopes Trial courtroom complete with the original judge's bench, four tables, railing, jury chairs, and spectator seats. The museum contains exhibits, photos, and news clippings of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925.
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, Elizabethton, Tennessee
Sycamore Shoals was the first permanent American settlement outside the original 13 colonies, and home of the Watauga Association--the first majority-rule system of American democratic government-- formed in 1772. The Historic Area is located in west Elizabethton and has a visitor center, museum, theater and reconstructed Fort Watauga. Fort Watauga was a refuge for the settlers in the summer of 1776.
Alex Haley State Historic Site and Museum, Henning, Tennessee
The Alex Haley State Historic Site in Henning was built between 1918 and 1921 by the writer's grandfather, Will E. Palmer. Some original 1919 furniture that decorates the home belonged to the Haley's family. Haley's work, childhood memorabilia and references to the people who inspired his characters in 'Roots' are featured exhibits. Alex Haley is buried in front of the house.
Historic Collinsville, Southside, Tennessee
Historic Collinsville is a living-history museum featuring 40 acres with 18 restored log houses and outbuildings dating from 1830 to 1870. All of the artifacts displayed are authentic to the period.Daily life in the village is recreated by costumed interpreters. It also has a wildlife center with a collection of prehistoric artifacts and the animals from the area.
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Vonore, Tennessee
The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum is located in Vonore in eastern Tennessee. The museum pays tribute to Sequoyah who was born in 1776. His father was Nathaniel Gist, a Virginia fur trader and his mother was Wut-teh, daughter of a Cherokee Chief. He was a soldier and statesman who realized the importance of a language for the Cherokee - it took 12 years but a language was developed.
Port Royal State Park, Adams, Tennessee
Port Royal State Park is located southeast of Clarksville. Port Royal is the site of one of Tennessee's earliest communities and trading centers. The area was an encampment site where the Cherokee stayed overnight or longer to resupply, grind corn, and rest during the Trail of Tears.
Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park, Byrdstown, Tennessee
The Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum is located west of Byrdstown. It consists of Hull's original log cabin birthplace, an activity center, and a museum housing documents and artifacts. Cordell Hull received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his work toward establishing the United Nations - his medal is on exhibit.
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Camden, Tennessee
The Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park was named for General Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general in 1864, who destroyed Union boats and supplies with camouflaged artillery. A monument dedicated to the general is located on Pilot Knob, a wooded hill overlooking Kentucky Lake.
Ducktown Basin Museum, Ducktown, Tennessee
The Ducktown Basin Museum is located on the historic Burra Burra mine site west of Ducktown. Exhibits depict the mining heritage of the Copper Basin. Ducktown's first copper mine, began in 1850 - a reconstructed chimney near the museum is all that remains.
Coke Ovens Museum, Dunlap, Tennessee
The Coke Ovens Museum in Dunlap features a collection of regional historic coal mining photographs and mining artifacts. The remains of 268 beehive coke ovens used in the early 1900's to convert mountain coal into industrial coke are located on the 62-acre park.
Kingston Fossil Plant, Kingston, Tennessee
The Kingston Fossil Plant was built by the Tennessee Valley Authority and is a coal-fired electric generating station. Electricity is produced by heating water in a coal-fired boiler to produce steam. The steam, under tremendous pressure, flows into a turbine, which spins a generator to produce electricity.
Old Stone Fort State Archeological Park, Manchester, Tennessee
The Old Stone Fort is a 2000-year old American Indian ceremonial site located west of Manchester. Mounds and walls combined with cliffs and rivers form the enclosure. The exhibit hall complex includes exhibits relating to the history, archeology, and legends surrounding the Old Stone Fort and its builders.
Sam Houston Schoolhouse, Maryville, Tennessee
The Sam Houston Schoolhouse is located north east of Maryville. The schoolhouse which is the oldest one room schoolhouse in the state was built in 1794 two years before Tennessee became a state. Sam Houston, former Tennessee Governor, taught area residents in the schoolhouse when he was 18 years old.
Obed Wild & Scenic River
The Obed Wild & Scenic River features 45 miles of water including the Obed River, Clear Creek, Daddys Creek and the Emory River. There are bluffs which rise as high as 500 feet above the water. Visitors can enjoy canoeing, rock climbing and hiking.
Official site: www.nps.gov/obed/
Address: Box 429, Wartburg, TN 37887-0429, United States
Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, Paris, Tennessee
The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge is located on and around Kentucky Lake. The refuge is a resting and feeding area for wintering waterfowl, as well as many migratory birds and resident wildlife. Fishing and birdwatching are popular activities at the refuge.
Pinson Mounds State Archeological Area, Pinson, Tennessee
The Pinson Mounds State Archeological Area contains a series of mounds and earthworks that are nearly 2,000 years old. The site was used by the American Indians for ceremonial purposes. The area consists of 12 Indian mounds, crematory areas, fields and a forest, creeks and six miles of trails.
Historic Rugby, Rugby, Tennessee
Historic Rugby is a recreation in Tennessee of the Victorian village founded in 1880 by British author and social reformer, Thomas Hughes. This experimental Utopian community was meant for younger sons of English gentry - it was meant to be a cooperative, class-free, agricultural community.
Tennessee River Museum, Savannah, Tennessee
The Tennessee River Museum in Savannah is a tribute to the Tennessee River and its influence on the land, the people and the heritage of the Tennessee Valley. The five major exhibits include paleontology, archaeology, steamboats, the Civil War and the Shiloh Effigy Pipe.
Porcelain Veilleuse Display, Trenton, Tennessee
More than 500 rare porcelain teapots made primarily in France and Germany are on display at the Porcelain Veilleuse Display in Trenton. The teapots were made in the late 18th and early 19th century and are shaped like people and animals with candle warmers in the bases.
Buford Pusser Home and Museum, Adamsville, Tennessee
The Buford Pusser Home and Museum in Adamsville was the home of the sheriff who was the subject of the 'Walking Tall' movie trilogy. The house contains many original furnishings and features videotapes highlighting Pusser's career.
Junior Room, Bell Buckle, Tennessee
The Junior Room is the oldest building on the campus of the Webb School, a prep school in Bell Buckle. Built in 1886, the Junior Room served as the original classroom. It is now home to a museum with school memorabilia and furnishings.
Falls Mill, Belvidere, Tennessee
Falls Mill was built as a cotton and woolen factory in 1873 and was later converted to a cotton gin and a wood-working shop. It is now used as a grist mill. Exhibits include antique machinery.
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area features many streams that are ideal for canoeing and kayaking. Other popular recreational activities include swimming, hiking, camping, mountain bike riding and fishing.
Official site: www.nps.gov/biso/
Address: 4564 Leatherwood Road, Oneida, TN 37841-7032, United States
Davies Manor, Brunswick, Tennessee
The Davies Manor began as a one-room log cabin around 1807, and between 1831 and 1837 it became a two-story structure. Family antiques and other period furnishings are found throughout the home.
Cookeville Depot Museum, Cookeville, Tennessee
The Depot Museum in Cookeville features models of former Tennessee Central rolling stock, reading material relating to the history of the Tennessee Central Railway, and historical photographs of TC depots as well as contemporary photos.
Erwin National Fish Hatchery, Erwin, Tennessee
The Erwin National Fish Hatchery was established in 1894. The Hatchery produces up to 13 million rainbow trout eggs each year. Visitors can view the fish-breeding and rearing operations.
L & N Depot Museum, Etowah, Tennessee
The L & N Depot Railroad Museum in Etowah is housed in a restored 1906 depot. The museum features historical collections of regional interest, local and traveling art shows and an exhibit about early forestry.
Fort Donelson National Battlefield
The Fort Donelson National Battlefield site consists of the cemetery, surrender house, visitor center and the fort. The first major Federal victory during the Civil War took place in the area now embraced by Fort Donelson National Battlefield.
Official site: www.nps.gov/fodo/
Address: Box 434, Dover, TN 37058-0434, United States
National Bird Dog Museum, Grand Junction, Tennessee
The National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction features art, photography, and memorabilia representing some of the most famous bird dogs of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, Harrogate, Tennessee
The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is located on Lincoln Memorial University campus in Harrogate. The museum features a Gutzon Borglum bust of Lincoln and a collection of personal items from Lincoln's life.
Jonesborough-Washington County History Museum, Jonesborough, Tennessee
The Jonesborough-Washington County History Museum features more than 30 exhibits that tell the story of Jonesborough's history and portray life in northeast Tennessee from pioneer days to the present day.
Lynchburg features the Moore County Courthouse which was built in 1885 and has remained unchanged throughout the years. Horse shows and Frontier Days are popular events.
West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, Milan, Tennessee
The West Tennessee Agricultural Museum features life-sized displays of the challenges settlers faced in this region. A one-room schoolhouse, the Sunday social at the old country church, and the blacksmith's shop are featured exhibits.
Wilson's North American Wildlife Museum, Monterey, Tennessee
Wilson's Wildlife Museum in Monterey features mounted wildlife behind glass viewing windows. The exhibits include moose, deer, coyote, birds, fish, Canadian lynx, otters, and bears.
Sweetwater Valley Farm, Philadelphia, Tennessee
Visitors to the Sweetwater Valley Farm in Philadelphia can take a guided walking tour that takes them from the "cows to cheddar". The tour ends with a viewing of the cheese-making process.
All Saints' Chapel, Sewanee, Tennessee
The All Saints' Chapel is located on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee. The first phase was built in 1910, with the completion in 1957. The English stained-glass windows depict events in the University's history.
Shiloh National Military Park
Within the boundaries of the Shiloh National Military Park are the Shiloh National Cemetery and prehistoric Indian mounds. This was the site of the first significant battle of the Civil War in the West.
Official site: www.nps.gov/shil/
Address: 1055 Pittsburg Landing Road, Shiloh, TN 38376-4331, United States
Shiloh National Cemetery
The Shiloh National Cemetery has more than 3,500 Union graves and is found within Shiloh National Military Park.
Tullahoma Fine Arts Center, Tullahoma, Tennessee
The Fine Arts Center in Tullahoma presents local artists in changing exhibits. The center is housed in the home of Jane, Emma and Affa Baillet, who owned and operated a millinery shop in the town until 1913.
Railroad Museum, Cowan, Tennessee
The Cowan Railroad Museum is located in an old railway depot. It features a model railroad, photographs and restored 1920 engine and cars.
Fort Donelson National Cemetery
The Fort Donelson National Cemetery is the final resting place for Union soldiers that were killed at Fort Donelson during the Civil War.
Official site: www.nps.gov/fdnc/
Address: Box 434, Dover, TN 37058-0434, United States
Loretta Lynn's Ranch Museum & Home, Hurricane Mills, Tennessee
Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills includes her plantation home, a museum, a simulated coal mine and a replica Butcher Holler House.
Kingsport - Bays Mountain Park
Bays Mountain is a nature preserve located in Kingsport. It features a 44 acre lake, a nature center/museum, a planetarium, aquarium and exhibits.
Official site: www.baysmountain.com
Address: 853 Bays Mountain Park Road, Kingsport, TN 37660-8900, United States
Tennessee Walking Horse Museum, Shelbyville, Tennessee
The Tennessee Walking Horse Museum is located in Shelbyville. The history of the breed is presented through exhibits and an interactive videotape.