history heritage frontiersmen

From the settlers who first came to Tennessee, to the beginning residents who put down roots as farmers and politicians in our great state as it developed westward, Tennessee has a rich history which starts in the early 1800’s, through the Civil War, and on through, all of which shaped the destiny of our great state.  Did you know there was an Elephant Sanctuary?  Or a museum just for children or a hands-on museum?  How about flight simulators and wind tunnels at Arnold Air Force Base, open to the public?  Did you know there were Amish who migrated to Tennessee? There are historic markers scattered throughout our part of Tennessee also, just waiting for you to discover them. Imagine having your wedding or special event at one of these amazing plantations.

    Amish Heritage Welcome Center Museum

    4001 Hwy 43 N., Ethridge, TN

    TN Oldest and only Museum Farmhouse and One-Room Schoolhouse. Horse-drawn wagon tours through the Amish countryside in Ethridge, TN. and Tennessee’s oldest Amish farm, now the Amish Heritage Farm Museum.  You can take a guided, educational tour which includes the authentic Amish house and Dawdi Haus Museum, Harness Shop, Hen House with animals, and more.  931-321-8687.



    23 W. 7th St,, Columbia, TN


    Children’s Museum Mon-Sat 10 am – 2 pm.


    Arnold Engineering Development Complex

    100 Kindel Dr #111, Arnold, AFB

    Huge wind tunnels simulate flight for satellites, supersonic & transonic aircraft & spacecraft.

    Group tours welcome. 931-454-4204

    Arrowheads to Aerospace Museum

    24 Campground Rd, Manchester

    Chartered in 1987 to showcase history of Coffee Co. & area.

    (931) 723-1323

    Battle of Farmington Civil War Site

    2236 Hwy. 64, Lewisburg, TN

    The site served as the only military action of any consequence in Marshall Co. in 1863. Monument erected in 1874 to commemorate buried soldiers.

    Beechcraft Heritage Museum

    570 Old Shelbyville Hwy, Tullahoma, TN

    “Living & working” museum traces the lineage of the Beechcraft family of airplanes. The 60,000-sq.-ft. the site houses 24 aircraft, aviation artifacts & memorabilia.

    Open March-Nov. (931) 455-1974


    Cedar Grove Iron Furnace

    Buckfork Road, Flatwoods, TN

    Last remaining double-stack iron furnace on the Western Highland Rim.

    It was shelled by Union troops in the Civil War.

    (931) 589-2453.

    Directions: www.perrycountytennessee.com

    Collinwood Train Depot

    101 E. Depot St., Collinwood, TN

    On National Historic Register. See art & memorabilia; public library.


    Cowan Railroad Museum

    108 Front St, Cowan, TN

    The railroad has been an integral part of Cowan since 1849, when a tunnel was bored through the mountain 2 miles southeast of town.

    Open May-Oct.; Thur.-Sat., 10am-4pm; Sun., 1-4pm.

    (931) 967-3078


    David Crockett Museum

    1 Public Sq., Lawrenceburg, TN

    Lifesize bronze statue of Lawrence Co.’s famous son: frontiersman, soldier, legislator & hero of the Alamo.

    (931) 762-3733

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