Heritage Tours of Tennessee


Admitted into the Union in 1796 as the 16th State, Tennessee showcases history and heritage that includes moonshine, the Appalachian Mountains, a deep Civil War history, and so much more. To really envelope yourself in the beauty and history of Tennessee, plan a heritage tour of this southern state. As you will read below, there is much to see and do in the "Volunteer State".

Although Memphis is the largest city, Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and boasts many attractions that are a must to visit and tour. First up is the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Here, you can see memorabilia once belonging to big country stars like Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn. To really understand the heritage of country music, take a tour of one of RCA's Studio B or visit the Grand Ole Opry. Before leaving Nashville be sure trek down Music Row as well as taking an excursion out to Bell Meade Plantation and The Hermitage, the stately manor of President Andrew Jackson. The Hermitage features formal gardens, as well as the original cabin of the estate built in 1804. The graves of both the president and his wife are also located at The Hermitage.

From Nashville, head to Franklin for a Civil War and plantation tour. History buffs will really enjoy these knowledgeable guided tours where you will learn about the infamous Battle of Franklin. Also, there is the Lotz House and Carter House to tour where the bloodstains of the war can still be seen. Over at the Carnton Plantation, explore and discover how it contributed to the Civil War, as well as the years after. Upon leaving this vibrant suburb of Nashville you will have a better understanding of the history and development of the United States.

Moving on to Memphis, get ready to experience everything from music to museums. To many Memphis is synonymous with music, however, Memphis is packed with history too. Known as an iconic memorial place for Martin Luther King, Memphis holds a place in Civil Rights history that will never be forgotten. With his assassination in Memphis on April 4, 1964 at the Lorraine Motel, Martin Luther King is remembered and celebrated at the Lorraine Motel which has been converted into the National Civil Rights Museum. Of course you can't visit Memphis without stepping back in time to see how musicians began and still continue to electrify this Tennessee city. Places like Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, and Beale Street will immerse visitors in everything from rock and roll to blues, soul, and country music. Stop in and tour the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and the Center for Southern Folklore to learn about how Memphis made its mark in the music world.

After you have strummed and drummed your way through Memphis, set off for a heritage adventure in Knoxville. Although Tennessee has many trails and byways to traverse, Knoxville holds a place in recent history that showcases the state's wild side. Most know what moonshine(white Lightening) is, and in Knoxville you can take the opportunity to visit secret hiding places and ride the same stretch of rural roads that were used to transport this once illegal beverage. For a real thrill, consider taking to the roads on a motorcycle and imagine what it must have felt like to tote this stout homemade liquor through the hills of Tennessee. From moonshine and music to scenic drives and Civil War history, take a heritage tour of Tennessee and enjoy all that this southern state has to offer.

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