Tennessee Historic Sites

By Lauren Eisenstodt Premium

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, <>), Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Dover (931-232-5706, < fodo>), Shiloh National Military Park in Shiloh (731-689-5696, < shil>) and Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro (615-893 9501, < stri>).

Belle Meade Plantation

5025 Harding Road
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 356-0501

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
(800) 852-6437

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
(423) 257-2167

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
(865) 215-8824

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
(865) 436-1200

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
(615) 889-2941

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
(901) 521-9699

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
(800) 407-4324

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
(423) 894-8028

Take a ride on the Southeast’s largest historical railroad, and check out old rail cars parked outside TVRM’s re-created 1910 depot.

Visitor Information

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

William Snodgrass/Tennessee Tower

312 Eighth Ave. N., 25th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(800) 462-8366


From the June 2005 Family Tree Magazine