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Tennessee Heritage Tourism - Many many facets

Updated on September 17, 2014

The entire state is a National Heritage Area

Tennessee is a state where there is always 'something happening' it seems to me. Economic growth, sports at all levels, multiple growing major cities, complex heritage, and magnificent and broadly varying geographic and physiographic regions provide a plethora of heritage tourism opportunities in a reasonably compact package. Have you been in Tennessee lately? Put it on your visit list.

Many families settled in Tennessee at an early date in the history of USA and then, some of them migrated across the nation. Are any of them some of your ancestors? If so, you will want to learn much more about the State of Tennessee.

From the west, driving, you will likely enter Tennessee over the Hernando de Soto Bridge into Memphis on I-40; image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee.

Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area

This is a very useful website with incredible information for your use about the heritage and culture of Civil War Era Tennessee. Be sure to check it out before you plan your trip to Tennessee.

Be sure to look at the red tabs along the top for many, many details on trails, battle sites, occupation stories and more.

Have you been to Tennessee? - If you have, leave a comment about your visit! ;-)

Have you been to Tennessee?

The Parthenon in Nashville's Centennial Park

The Parthenon in Nashville's Centennial Park
The Parthenon in Nashville's Centennial Park
Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson

A Son of Tennessee

American Lion: Andrew Jackson

Nicknamed "Old Hickory" for his toughness and aggressive personality. President of the United States from 1829 to 1937.

Perhaps still best known as winning Commanding General in the Battle of New Orleans at the end of the War of 1812.

Made his home at The Hermitage, Nashville, TN.

Selected photos of colleges and universities

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Tennessee State UniversityHalliburton Tower and Palmer Hall, Rhodes CollegeKirksey Old Main building at Middle Tennessee State UniversityEuropa on the Bull, University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleKirkland Hall, Vanderbilt University
Tennessee State University
Tennessee State University
Halliburton Tower and Palmer Hall, Rhodes College
Halliburton Tower and Palmer Hall, Rhodes College
Kirksey Old Main building at Middle Tennessee State University
Kirksey Old Main building at Middle Tennessee State University
Europa on the Bull, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Europa on the Bull, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Kirkland Hall, Vanderbilt University
Kirkland Hall, Vanderbilt University

"Mother Church of Country Music" - Home of the Grand Ole Oprey until 1974

Ryman Auditorium in Nashville
Ryman Auditorium in Nashville

Tennessee is perhaps best known as a center for many forms of music - not just country music but also rock and roll, blues and rockability, along with several forms of Christian music. Many sites and programs are available to welcome the heritage tourism visitor.

Other Sights and Cities of Tennessee

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Chattanooga viewed from Stinger's RidgeClarksville Museum and Cultural CenterEastward view of the City of Knoxville downtown.Memphis skyline from the air. Mississippi River in the background.Murfreesboro City Center designed by Joseph SwansonTennessee State Capital in Nashville
Chattanooga viewed from Stinger's Ridge
Chattanooga viewed from Stinger's Ridge
Clarksville Museum and Cultural Center
Clarksville Museum and Cultural Center
Eastward view of the City of Knoxville downtown.
Eastward view of the City of Knoxville downtown.
Memphis skyline from the air. Mississippi River in the background.
Memphis skyline from the air. Mississippi River in the background.
Murfreesboro City Center designed by Joseph Swanson
Murfreesboro City Center designed by Joseph Swanson
Tennessee State Capital in Nashville
Tennessee State Capital in Nashville

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      debW07 

      4 years ago

      I want to visit Tennessee now! Your photos are beautiful.

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      Ann Hinds 

      4 years ago from So Cal

      Came back with an update. I did go to Tennessee. We went to the place where my grandfather was raised. The house was gone which was a major disappointment but the foundation was still there. The house survived more than 100 years but what struck me was although my grandparents and great grandparents are gone as is the house, the foundation of our family is still there. It was reassuring. Tennessee is beautiful.

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      ChocolateLily 

      4 years ago

      You've done a good overview of my favorite state!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @goldenrulecomics: I know you would enjoy it! ;-)

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      goldenrulecomics 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      I've only visited Tennessee a few times and would love to go back!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @RationalHedonist: Hope you get to it. Thanks for your interest and support! ;-)

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      RationalHedonist 

      5 years ago

      I've been living in Tennessee for the last five years, about 40 minutes from Nashville, and still haven't seen the Parthenon or the new Grand Ole Opry and mall. I'm marking your lens to read over the links when I finally have some time off to explore.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Ann Hinds: I hope you find some useful information. Best wishes! ;-)

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      Ann Hinds 

      5 years ago from So Cal

      You left a comment on my family history blog but I had no idea you were a Squid. I am going to need some time to read through your many helpful articles. I am going to Tennessee next month to meet my long gone family and get a feel for where they lived and who they were. This is helpful.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @NibsyNell: For sure... thanks for the visit! ;-)

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      NibsyNell 

      5 years ago

      Seems like a fascinating place!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @choosehappy: Thank you, so much!! ;-)

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      Suunnyy 

      5 years ago

      What a lovely photos :)

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      Vikki 

      5 years ago from US

      Tennessee is really awesome; really great informative lens and photos--*blessed*

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Suunnyy: Thank you. I appreciate your visit! ;-)

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      kcsantos 

      5 years ago

      A wonderful lens! Hope to visit this place someday.

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