History & Heritage in Tennessee
The Civil War took place from 1861 to 1865, from east to west, and Tennessee saw a flurry of activity. The result today is hundreds of historic sites to explore, especially as the state commemorates the 150th anniversary.
With a rich tapestry of American heritage, Tennessee’s historical grounds are sure to enlighten you. Journey along the historical roads and trails for a stroll into Tennessee’s legendary past and visit one of the many Civil War Sites. Tour Tennessee’s heritage towns, and immerse yourself in the state’s diverse past from Davy Crockett to Elvis Presley. Stand on the hallowed grounds of Tennessee’s battlefields and historic parks. Visit museums for an overview of this pioneering state. Explore African American and Native American culture from the past to present day.
Nashville has a pristine collection of antebellum, pre-Civil War, estate mansions from Belle Meade where a string of winning thoroughbreds was raised to The Hermitage, presidential home of Andrew Jackson and Belmont Mansion which is drenched in Victorian grandeur. You can tour the beautifully restored hilltop State Capitol building, then walk down to the educational Tennessee State Museum for a better understanding of the state's history and culture.
Locted just 16 miles from Nashville is Franklin. Visitors from around the world come to explore the Civil War sites and delve into Franklin's history. Combining 100 years of history with the latest in modern delights, it's easy to see why travellers continue to fall in love with Franklin, Tennessee.
The Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park's Point Park, located on the highest point of Lookout Mountain and overlooking the Tennessee River and downtown, hosted two of the most important battles of the American Civil War – September 1863 Battle Above the Clouds and the November 1863 Battles for Chattanooga. In 1890, US President Benjamin Harrison signed legislation declaring it America's first military park, and it remains the largest of its kind today. Watch for celebrations of the 150th Anniversary in 2011.
The uprooting of Native American tribes is one of the most shameful periods in US history. But this dark era is being recalled with new light in Tennessee. Sara Nelson, from the Daily Mail, reports in her article America's Trail of Tears: Tracing the fall and rise of the Cherokee Indians in Tennessee.