Tennessee Valley Pioneer Power Antique Tractor Show and Pull – Eagleville, Tennessee

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Middle Tennessee

The  Annual Pioneer Power Antique Tractor Show and Pull everything from time gone by: Restored pre-1970’s antique tractors, wheat threshers, steam engines, and a resident blacksmith. Held at the Tractor Show Grounds at 747 Chapel Hill Highway, Eagleville, Tennessee. Gates open at 7 am both days and a tractor pull closes both nights running until the classes finish.

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Riverbend Festival – Chattanooga, Tennessee

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East Tennessee

It all started with a group of community organizers who wanted to address the division in the city and lack of activity downtown. Their goal was to create an event that would draw from all walks of life in the community to gather together and enjoy a common language: music.

5 Nights in Chattanooga began in 1981. Headlining the small festival was B.B King, Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys, Don McLean, Sarah Vaughn, and Hank Williams, Jr. Little did organizers know that the Festival would take on a life of itself and continue to grow into what it has become today. After the 1981 event, the name was changed to the Riverbend Festival, and today it has become one of the top music festivals in the country. The Riverbend Festival has become a major festival with economic impact of over $23 million dollars per year. True to its roots, the Riverbend Festival has continued to offer a great musical event that continues to bring the community together.

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Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum – Chattanooga, Tennessee

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East Tennessee

The Tennessee Valley Railroad is a museum and travel attraction in Chattanooga Tennessee. It’s a family friendly getaway from Downtown Chattanooga and is the only regularly scheduled, full-sized train ride in Tennessee. Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum offers education programs for field trips, family trip options and even dinner rides through the surrounding countryside of Chattanooga. There are also seasonal and holiday events for all ages.

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Shelby Farms Park Starry NIghts Holiday Light Display – Memphis, Tennessee

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West Tennessee

Shelby Farms Park in Memphis announces First Tennessee Starry Nights, the MidSouth’s LARGEST drive-through holiday light display, Nov. 25 through Dec. 30.

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Jack Daniels Distillery – Lynchburg, Tennessee

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Middle Tennessee

Jack Daniels Distillery – Lynchburg, Tennessee

Lynchburg is the county seat for Moore County which is the smallest county in Tennessee and yet has this world-wide known distillery.  Amusing side note is that Moor County is a dry county and has been since Prohibition days.

The Distillery offers tours for those of you that choose to come and visit.  It’s just a little over an hour outside of Nashville.  You will be able to have a tour with a guide that will tell you the story of the Distillery and about Mr. Jack.

The Distillery is the oldest in the USA, licensed in 1866, and where Mr. Jack crafted his recipe for Old Number 7.  It is also where the Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Sippin’ Whiskey is still made today.  Using the pure spring water is available that makes the product as wonderful as many believe it is.  This water flows year-round at 800 gallons per minute at a constant temperature of 56° and is virtually iron free. It’s the reason why the Distillery was located in this spot originally – and why it’s remained there ever since.

Jack began making whiskey at an early age, 13, while living with Mr. Call who was a Lutheran minister in the area.  Mr. Call may have been a minister but he was also a still owner giving Jack the opportunity to learn the craft.  Mr. Call sold his still and devoted his life to the ministry but the young man, Jack, was on the road to becoming a craftsman in distilling whiskey.

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National Civil Rights Museum – Memphis, Tennessee

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West Tennessee

National Civil Rights Museum – Memphis, Tennessee

The National Civil Rights Museum is built on the site of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.  This location in Memphis brought national attention to the situation facing the civil rights movement when on April 4, 1968 the leader of the movement was shot in front of a crowd gathered to hear him speak.

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Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame – Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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East Tennessee

Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame – Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

This museum and hall of fame is operated by the Southern Gospel Music Association and was established in 1997.  It is composed of pioneers in the filed of Southern gospel music.

The purpose of the SGMA is to maintain a Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum for the historic preservation of the accomplishments of gospel music, the people that play and sing and the message passed on to everyone.

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Off The Beaten Path Artists Tour – Middle Tennessee (Near Mountain View)

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Middle Tennessee

Off The Beaten Path Studio Tour
Annual October Event

Mark your calendar for a weekend in  October for the Off the Beaten Path Artists’ Studio Tour. This free annual event draws art lovers from all over for a self-guided drive through scenic countryside as fall colors peak on the hills and hollows of DeKalb County and the Center Hill Lake region in Middle Tennessee. Visit members where they work on 11 stops with 25 participating artists in clay, wood, glass, fibers and metals showing their latest work. Craft demonstrations planned on several stops.

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Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee

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Middle Tennessee

country music hall of fame Nashville.jpgVisit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is the one place that will give you all you want to know about the beginning times of the recording industry in Tennessee.  It has been the home of America’s music since 1967.  In 2001 they opened the new $37 million dollar facility to house the treasures of music.

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Alex Haley Museum – Henning, Tennessee

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West Tennessee

250px-Henning_Alex_Haley_Home_and_Memorial.jpgAlex Haley Museum – Henning, Tennessee

Come and visit the home of the author of Roots, the tales of his African ancestors who were brought to America as slaves. For the first nine years of his life, and some summers after that, Alex Haley lived here with his grandparents. The book was turned into an eight-part television adaptation in 1977.  The movie and the book were instrumental in getting millions to search for their own roots.  It has been translated into over thirty languages.

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