• Battlefields and Military Parks
More Civil War battles were fought in Tennessee than in any other state besides Virginia. You can see those battlegrounds at the National Park Service-designated Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
near the Tennessee-Georgia border (706-866-9241, <www.nps.gov/chch
>), Fort Donelson National Battlefield
in Dover (931-232-5706, <www.nps.gov/ fodo
>), Shiloh National Military Park
in Shiloh (731-689-5696, <www.nps.gov/ shil
>) and Stones River National Battlefield
in Murfreesboro (615-893 9501, <www.nps.gov/ stri
• Belle Meade Plantation
5025 Harding Road
Nashville, TN 37205
During the Battle of Nashville, Union and Confederate soldiers skirmished in the front yard of this 1853 mansion. Tour the house and the surrounding historical buildings.
• Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
222 Fifth Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203
Get the scoop on country music’s roots. The museum’s permanent exhibit, Sing Me Back Home, retraces the genre’s 19th-century origins through photos and musical artifacts.
• Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park
1245 Davy Crockett Park Road
Limestone, TN 37681
See a replica of the cabin where Crockett was born, a museum devoted to the King of the Wild Frontier and more.
• East Tennessee History Center
601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville, TN 37901
This fantastic research facility hosts the Knox County Archives, Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection and the new East Tennessee Historical Society Museum.
• Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Inside this beautiful park, you can visit the Mountain Farm Museum, a collection of 1800s farm buildings; the 1886 Mingus Mill; and the picturesque Cataloochee Valley.
• The Hermitage
4580 Rachel’s Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076
President Andrew Jackson’s historic home became a museum in 1889. Tour the grounds and be sure to explore the current exhibits.
• National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Located at the Lorraine Motel, the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, the museum chronicles the civil rights movement and its legacy.
• Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick St.
Nashville, TN 37243
Explore Tennessee history from its beginnings 15,000 years ago up to the early 1900s at this expansive museum.
• Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM)
4119 Cromwell Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Take a ride on the Southeast’s largest historical railroad, and check out old rail cars parked outside TVRM’s re-created 1910 depot.
• Tennessee Department of Tourist Development
William Snodgrass/Tennessee Tower
312 Eighth Ave. N., 25th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
From the June 2005 Family Tree Magazine