The 9 Lakes region is rich in quaint downtowns filled with historic and unique places to explore. Discover Civil War battlefields, museums or small towns that capture the spirit of our pioneering founders. From an 18th century village nestled in the mountains to a vibrant city square, you’ll find many places to explore and celebrate the history of East Tennessee.
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City of Wartburg
3084 Morgan County Highway, Wartburg, TN, 37887
Founded in 1845 by 15 families of German-Swiss settlers, the town is named for the Wartburg Castle in Germany. Many area residents still hold the drea...
810 Clinch Ave., Knoxville, Tennessee, 37902
This world-famous sky tower was the centerpiece of the 1982 World's Fair. Today, it provides amazing views of downtown and has become the signature of...
General Longstreet Museum
5915 E. Andrew Johnson Highway, Russellville, TN, 37860
The historic Nenney House was occupied during the winter of 1863-64 by General James Longstreet. The house has been painstakingly restored by the Lake...
Battle of Bean Station Civil War Burial Site
Bean Station Cemetery Rd., Rutledge, TN, 37861
"When 4,000 Union troops met Confederate forces in December 1863 at the Battle of Bean Station, it resulted in 1,600 casualties. This site honors...
Historic Ramsey House
2614 Thorngrove Pk., Knoxville, Tennessee, 37914
This 1797 home was built by Thomas Hope for Colonel Francis A. Ramsey, one of the founders of Blount College, now the University of Tennessee. His son...
Green McAdoo Cultural Center
101 School Street, Clinton, TN, 37716
On August 27, 1956, twelve young people in Clinton, Tennessee walked into history and changed the world. They were the first students to desegregate a...