10 Historical Places In Tennessee - Updated 2024

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History has a way of putting things into perspective–a historical tour is a great way to get to know the places you’re visiting on a more in-depth scale. Tennessee does not fall short in playing a role in the foundation of America and how it has evolved over the years. Today America is well-known for being land of the free, however, this does not come without a tumultuous past. Visitors to Tennessee will have the opportunity to explore the modern-day city that is home to the country’s top musicians as well as be given inside information on everything from how the city was colonized to its involvement in the Civil Rights movement of the American people. The educational experience is a learning opportunity for school groups and people of all ages. Get to see the amazing architecture dating back to the 1700s. If you’re wondering where to stay during your visit to Tennessee, there are a number of amazing Airbnb tiny houses and historic hotels available. Keep on reading for a list of the historical places in Tennessee, USA.

1. Carter House

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Posted by Carter House on Thursday, 11 October 2018

The Carter House is a historic monument located in the heart of Tennessee. The museum managed by a non-profit organization is aimed at educating the public about the Battle of Franklin Trust. Visitors will get a better understanding of the of how the American Civil War impacted the people of America. Tours to Carter House run daily and are open to school groups and other tour groups.

Carter House

Address: 1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064, USA

Website: Carter House

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 11am - 5pm

Price: From 18 USD

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2. Wynnewood State Historical Site

Posted by Wynnewood State Historic Site on Saturday, 10 September 2016

The past is put into perspective at this historic landmark located in the heart of the city. Wynnewood State Historic Site allows visitors to get an insight look at one of the thirty registered historic landmarks in Tennessee. Wynnewood State Historic Site is one of Castalian Springs’ preserved sites and was once the destination point for travelers from 1780 to 1830. The site is linked with the beginning of the colonization of the Old Southwest.

Wynnewood State Historical Site

Address: 205 Old Hwy 25, Castalian Springs, TN 37031, USA

Website: Wynnewood State Historical Site

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 10am - 4pm; Sun: 1pm - 5pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

Price: 10 USD

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3. Narrows of the Harpeth Tunnel

Posted by Harpeth River State Park on Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Outdoor enthusiasts can come to spend time at this family-friendly state park that consists of various historical and archaeological areas. Visitors planning to spend time at the park can enjoy fun things to do like kayaking and exploring the Harpeth Tunnel. The 290 ft (88 m) tunnel runs from the north end to the south end of this isthmus. It is a great experience for the fearless who like to enjoy a bit of adventure.

Narrows of the Harpeth Tunnel

Address: Tunnel Trail, Kingston Springs, TN 37082, USA

Website: Narrows of the Harpeth Tunnel

Opening hours: 7am - 7pm (daily)

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4. Tipton-Haynes House

Posted by Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site on Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Tipton-Haynes House is a historic exhibit that displays the rich history of Tennessee. Visitors will be treated to a museum, educational space, and a library. The site of the house contains a natural trail with springs and a limestone cave. You will be given inside information of the families that lived here on a 45-minute guided tour. Visitors who prefer to enjoy a self-guided tour will be given a map of the property to help them navigate the property.

Tipton-Haynes House

Address: 2620 S Roan St, Johnson City, TN 37601, USA

Website: Tipton-Haynes House

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 9am - 4pm (closed on Mon & Sun)

Price: 5 USD

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5. Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

Posted by Andrew Johnson National Historic Site on Tuesday, 16 July 2019

This opulent country estate located in Greenville is the historical museum opened the public. The visit is broken down into different sections where you will get to experience the Visitor Center, the National Cemetery, the Homestead, and the early home of Andrew Johnston. The site bares some artwork, archives and old furniture from Johnson’s time. The space is open daily with the exception of the national holidays. It is open to all age groups at no cost.

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

Address: 101 N College St, Greeneville, TN 37743, USA

Website: Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)

Price: Free

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6. Belle Meade Plantation (from USD 28.0)

This family-friendly tour of one of the state’s most iconic mansions takes you on a journey to explore the rich history that lies behind the Belle Meade Plantation. This guided tour that lasts for 45 minutes includes all entrance fees. The estate dates back to to the 1800s and the tour includes a complimentary wine-tasting as well as a period display of furniture and artworks, making it one of the best places to visit in Tennessee.

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Belle Meade Guided Mansion Tour with Complimentary Wine Tasting

Duration: 45 minutes

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7. Tennessee State Capitol (from USD 103.0)

The Tennessee State Capitol is the seat of government for the state of Tennessee, serving as the home of the Tennessee General Assembly and the location of the governor’s office. Get to see it up-close on this amazing tour. It also gives you admission to two attractions and you will pass through some of the other well-known sites that the city has to offer.

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Discover Nashville City Tour with Entry to Ryman & Country Music Hall of Fame

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

1638 reviews

8. National Civil Rights Museum (from USD 72.0)

During the African American History Tour of Memphis, you will be given an overview of the city’s heritage and rich history. The National Civil Rights Museum is one of the sites that you will get to experience on this comprehensive tour of the city. It features exhibits on the Civil Rights Movement of the people of the United States of America. The tour can accommodate up to 10 people at a time and you will get to see some of the landmarks of Beale Street.

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2.5 Hours Essence of Memphis African American History Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

145 reviews

9. Fort Nashborough (from USD 65.0)

Nashville is home to some of the world’s top country stars. A tour of of the stars’ homes gives you a glimpse on how the other side lives. One of the most notable mansions you will get to have a look at is Fort Nashborough. The estate dates back to 1779 in the French Lick area of the Cumberland River Valley. This tour is open to different age groups and you will be driven by an experienced guide in an air-conditioned vehicle.

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Nashville "Homes Of The Stars" Narrated Bus Tour with 30+ Celebrity Homes

Duration: 2 hours

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10. The Hermitage (from USD 18.0)

The Hermitage is located 30 minutes from Nashville and what was once home to Andrew Jackson is now an open museum to the public, where visitors have the opportunity to explore the rooms of the mansion and all its treasures. Andrew Jackson was an American soldier and statesman who served as the seventh president of the United States from 1829 to 1837. The self-guided audio tour includes headsets and a tour of the gardens and farmland.

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Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Grounds Pass +

Duration: 2 to 4 hours

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Come experience the rich history of Tennessee

Tennessee offers some of the best sites and landmarks that play a role in American history. Explore the fields of Belle Meade Plantation or visit museums that house precious artifacts to complete your weekend getaway in Tennessee. If you are looking to experience the cultural richness of the world’s country music capital, then make sure you include these activities on your next trip to Tennessee.

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