Tennessee History

Tennessee’s past is about courage, exploration and
discovery. Northeast Tennessee, “America’s First
Frontier,” one of the state’s most beautiful areas, is
anchored by Kingsport, Johnson City and Bristol.
The American Museum of Science & Energy in
Oak Ridge chronicles America’s transition into the
Atomic Age. Tennessee’s National Civil War Battlefields
include Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Stones River and
Chickamauga/Chattanooga. The 150th Anniversary
of the American Civil War celebrations continue
throughout 2014 and 2015.
Continue your exploration of Tennessee’s story by
visiting the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis,
on the site where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was
assassinated in 1968.
In Pigeon Forge, Titanic! Pigeon Forge remembers the
maiden voyage that has never been forgotten. In 2013,
the Tennessee State Museum is the only stop in the
Southeast of an unprecedented tour of the Emancipation
Proclamation, the document that altered the course of
United States history.
You can see it all with the Discover Tennessee Trails
& Byways program as your guide. This statewide,
self-guided driving trails initiative showcases the best
of Tennessee’s major cities as well as the state’s authentic
small towns and rural communities, including
Tennessee’s amazing eateries, wineries and
farm-to-table goodness. In Tennessee,
We’re Playing Your Song.