Historic Sites

Historic Sites

Find out what are some of the best famous historical sites!

Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau is home to a rich history.

The region is full of historic and cultural sites and festivals that celebrate the long history of this region and the people that make it special. To view a video of the Cumberland Historical Society that showcases some of these special places, click here.

Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau consists of the following 21 counties:
(Select any county to review the historial sites within each county.)

  • Anderson
  • Bledsoe
  • Campbell
  • Claiborne
  • Cumberland
  • Fentress
  • Franklin
  • Grundy
  • Hamilton
  • Marion
  • Morgan
  • Overton
  • Pickett
  • Putnam
  • Rhea
  • Roane
  • Scott
  • Sequatchie
  • Van Buren
  • Warren
  • White

 

ANDERSON

Freels Cabin
Museum of Appalachia
Christmas in Old Appalachia
July 4th Celebration and Anvil Shoot
Norris Dam State Park Spring Heritage Festival & Car/Truck Show


Secret City Festival
Tennessee Fall Homecoming
Southern Appalachia Railway Museum
Cross Mountain Miners’ Circle (NRHP in progress)
Fraterville Miners’ Circle
Lake City Coal Creek Miners Museum & Coal Trail 865-426-7914
Norris Historic District 865-457-4542
Norris Dam State Park 865-426-7461
American Museum of Science & Energy
Bear Creek Road Checking Station
Bethel Valley Road Checking Station
Manhattan Project National Historical Park (under development)
Oak Ridge Historic District
Oak Ridge Turnpike Checking Station
X-10 Reactor, Oak Ridge National Laboratory National Historic Landmark

Bledsoe

Bledsoe County Agricultural Fair 423-447-2852
Fall Harvest Festival
Edmon’s Family Farm Bluegrass Festivals 423-533-2720
Nine Mile Volunteer Fire Dept. Bluegrass Festivals 423-533-2659
Pikeville Chapel AME Zion Church
Dr. James A. Ross House
South Main Street Historic District

Campbell

Old-Fashioned Fall Fest
Jellico Commercial Historic District

Claiborne

Big Spring Union Church
Powell Valley Male Academy
Lincoln Memorial University

Cumberland

Walton Road/Avery Trace
Cumberland County Fair


Pioneer Day on the Mountain
Native American heritage festivals (Crossville)
Cumberland Homesteads Historic District
Camp Nakanawa Wigwam
Crossville Tennessee Highway Patrol Building
Cumberland County Courthouses
Cumberland Mountain School

Fentress

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Park
Forbus Historic District
Fentress County Agricultural Fair
Bluegrass & Craft Festival
Jamestown Jamboree
Masonic Lodge Bluegrass Festival
Old Timers Day Bluegrass Festival
Old Fentress County Jail
Allardt Historic District
Bruno Gernt House – a bed and breakfast 800-327-3945

Franklin

University of the South
Falls Mills & Falls Mills Historic District
Taste of the Mountain Food Fair 931-924-5353
Shade Tree Pickin’
Trinity Episcopal Church
Cowan Depot
Cumberland Mountain Tunnel
Bank of Winchester Building 931-962-0626
Franklin County Jail 931-967-6788
University of the South

Grundy

Gruetli-Laager
Grundy County Fair
Altamont City Park Jam 931-692-2412
Tracy City Pickin’ Barn
Native American heritage festivals (Tracy City)
Beersheeba Springs Historic District
Grundy County Courthouse Square 931-692-3718
Coalmont Coke Ovens
Grundy Lakes Historic District
Tracy City Coke Ovens
Monteagle Sunday School Assembly Historic District
Highlander Folk School

Hamilton

Battles of Chattanooga Anniversary
Folklife Festivals & Craft Artisans
Fall Color Cruise & Folk Festival
Pioneer Festival
Sandhill Crane Viewing & Cherokee Indian Heritage Days
Audubon Acres Annual Fiddle Fest & Bob Douglas Memorial
Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival
Chattanooga Dulcimer Group 423-886-6338
Chattanooga Traditional Dance Society
Folk Jam at Audubon Acres
Graysville Jam Session
Hardee’s Gospel Sing
Mountain Opry
Red Bank Acoustic Music Club Jam Session
Riverbend Music Festival
Riverwalk Park Friends of Folk Music Event
Snow Hill Bluegrass Jamboree
Audubon Acres Site
Brainerd Mission Cemetery
Hampton Place Archaelogical Site
Mallards Dozen Archaelogical Site
Moccasin Bend Archaelogical District National Historic Landmark
Chattanooga Union Station
Chattanooga, Harrison, Georgetown & Charleston Railroad Tunnel
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Battle for Chattanooga Museum
Chattanooga National Cemetery
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park & Historic District
Cravens House, Lookout Mountain
Missionary Ridge Railroad Tunnel Reservation
Reflection Riding (Nature Center)
Ross’s Landing
Silverdale Confederate Cemetery
Stewart Monument at Hamilton Co. Courthouse
Tyner Redoubt Park
Wauhatchie Pike Hiking Trail
Wiley Memorial Methodist Church
East Tennessee Iron Manufacturing Co. Blast Furnace
Booker T. Washington State Park
Harrison Bay State Park
Chattanooga Car Barns
Ferger Place Historic District
Fort Wood Historic District
Fountain Square Historic District
Glenwood Historic District
M.L. King Boulevard Historic District
Market & Main Streets Historic District
Market Street Warehouse District
Tennessee Aquarium


Tennessee Riverwalk Greenway

Marion

Ketner’s Mill & Bridge Historic District
Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair
National Cornbread Festival
Clayton’s Pickin’ Barn Performance Night
Tri-State Bluegrass Festival
Christ Episcopal Church & Parish House
McKendree Methodist Episcopal Church
Primitive Baptist Church of Sweeten’s Cove
First National Bank of South Pittsburg
Kelly’s Ferry Landing
Peter Turney Birthplace site
South Pittsburg Historic District
Lodge Manufacturing Co.

Morgan

Historic Rugby
Historic Rugby Events & Workshops
1880 Newbury House – A Bed & Breakfast
Rugby Festival of British & Appalachian Culture
Frozen Head Wildflower Pilgrimage
Rugby Pilgrimage
Foothills Craft & Music Festival
Rocky Fork Jamboree
Lone Mountain State Forest
Walton Road/Avery Trace

Overton

Officer Farmstead Historic District
Overton County Fair
Standing Stone Rolley Hole Marble Festival
Overton County Bluegrass Festival
Overton County Courthouse
Standing Stone State Park

Pickett

Pickett State Park
Cordell Hull Folk Festival
Annual Gospel Singing
Sierra Hull Bluegrass Festival
Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park
Pickett State Rustic Park Historic District

Putnam

Walton Road/Avery Trace
Cookeville to Nashville Excursion Train
Cookin’ on the Square
Middle Tennessee Antique Engine & Tractor Show
Muddy Pond Molasses Stir-Off
Putnam County Agricultural & Industrial Fair
Standing Stone Celebration
Tennessee Central Railroad Rendezvous Springfest
Algood Methodist Church
Native American heritage festivals (Monterey)
Cookeville Railroad Depot
Putnam County Agricultural & Industrial Fair

Rhea

Antique Tractor
Dayton Strawberry Festival
Scopes Festival
Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Dayton Hardee’s Gospel Sing-Along
Texas Ruby Apple Harvest Festival
Rhea County Courthouse National Historic Landmark
Bailey House Bed & Breakfast (home of John Scopes)
Bryan College
Dr. Walter Thomison House Now called Magnolia House

Roane

Fort Southwest Point
Walton Road/Avery Trace
Valley View Farm Historic District
Kingston Avenue Historic District
Old Roane Country Courthouse
Wheat African-American Cemetery
Oliver Springs Historic District
Cornstalk Heights Historic District
Harriman City Hall
Roane County Courthouse
Roane Street Commercial Historic District

Scott

Paint Rock Creek Covered Bridge
Cultural Heritage Day
Pioneer Encampment
Scott County Fair
Spring Planting Festival
Glenmary Coke Ovens (NRHP in progress)
Honey Creek State Natural Area

Sequatchie

North Chickamauga Creek State Natural Area
Dunlap Coke Ovens Park
Dunlap Coke Ovens Festival
Fredonia Mountain Jamboree
Douglas Coal & Coke Co. Clubhouse

Van Buren

Mountaineer Folk Festival
Fall Creek Falls Mountaineer Folk Festival
Rocky River Bluegrass Festival
Spencer Bluegrass Festival
Crain Hill School & Church

Warren

July 4th Blackberry Festival
First Methodist Church
First Presbyterian Church
Philadelphia Church of Christ
Falconhurst
Great Falls Cotton Mill
Oakham
Falcon Rest Mansion
The Southern Museum and Galleries of Photography, History and Culture
Warren County Heritage Center and Museum

White

Sparta Rock House
White County Fair
Bluegrass at the Sparta Amphitheater
Golden Mountain Spring Bluegrass Festival
Great Falls Hydroelectric Station Historic District
Sparta Residential Historic District

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