Tennessee is highly respected when it comes to its role in the history of the United States. We aren’t the Volunteer State for nothing, and we take our role wildly seriously. Not quite sure about us just yet? We’ve found 12 solid spots that represent our love of home and country and the way we have affected the whole of the nation. May your doubts be gone!
12. Franklin Battlefield
Located in Franklin, TN, the Battle of Franklin was fought during November 1864, and the solid loss was a lynchpin in the Confederate turn of the war.
11. Beale Street Historic District
Not just a place to get slammed on a Saturday night, Beale Street was the birthplace of the blues and spawned a revolution in American music.
10. The Hermitage
The home of Andrew Jackson and his final resting place, this is a definite must if you're looking to show homage to a fairly controversial American president.
Elvis lived here for 20 years and it is a solid spot for tourists in love with the king.
8. Montgomery Bell Tunnel
This is the oldest full-size tunnel in the United States, and was built in 1818 and remains controversial due to the role of slaves as the main laborers.
7. James K. Polk House
President Polk lived here for a hot second when he was a young man. If you've ever been interested in the environment that fostered a president, you can experience it for yourself!
6. Rattle and Snap
The Corinthian portico is the stuff of legends at this Columbia mansion, built in the highly popular Greek Revival style.
5. Moccasin Bend Archeological District
This highly regarded archaeological site is where quite a bit of Native American remains have been found and studied, though it is endangered by industrial development in the area.
4. Sun Record Company
Established in the early fifties by the lauded Sam Phillips, Sun Record Company went on to make musical history by developing professional foundations for artists like Johnny Cash, BB King and Roy Orbison. It's located at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee.
3. Tennessee State Capitol
Greek Revival stylization and built from 1845 to 1859, the capitol was designed by the lauded William Strickland.
2. Blount Mansion
William Blount was a member of the Congress of the Confederation, The Constitutional Convention, and eventually led Tennessee to statehood and went on to serve in the Senate. This is a must if you're ever in Knox county!
1. Ryman Auditorium
The once upon a time home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman still hosts concerts on a consistent basis and offers tours during the day.
What’s your favorite spot? Any suggestions? You never know, we may just have to throw another list out there with YOUR favorite spot!