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Collinsville is a living history museum featuring authentically restored log houses and outbuildings dating from 1830 to 1870. The settlement takes visitors from the earliest "first home" to the expansive big house on the hill with separate kitchen, living and sleeping areas. Each home and outbuilding has been painstakingly restored to its original condition and furnished authentically. All special events feature nineteenth-century, living-history, costumed tour-guides, and Wildlife Center.

Known as the "mule capital of the world," Columbia celebrates Mule Day annually. Mules were such a big business in Maury County, that at one time, the Columbia Mule Day had the distinction of being one of the largest livestock markets in the world. Mule Day has evolved into an almost week-long celebration of the mule. Thousands of visitors take part in the numerous activities ranging from working mule and best of breed events, to horse shows, arts and crafts booths, and a flea market. The smell of barbecue specialties and homemade pies blends with the smoky aroma of roasted corn and funnel cake sweetness. Columbia is the home of the 11th U.S. President, James K. Polk.

Fiddler's Grove
Fiddler's Grove is located in Lebanon, Tennessee and is home of the oldest continuous Ole Time Fiddler's Contest in North America. This historic village consists of original and replicated buildings of Wilson County from the turn-of-the-century.

The National Register of Historic Places has listed Gainesboro's entire square. A second district was designated, including a residential area.

Grand Junction
Founded in 1854 Grand Junction got its name from the "Grand Junction" of the Memphis and the Charleston Mississippi Railroad Lines. These are the major North/South and East/West lines running thru Grand Junction. Grand Junction and its railroads were a much sought after prize during the Civil War; whomever controlled the railroads controlled the rest of West Tennessee. During the Civil War the Union Army held the city from the Confederate Army for approximately 3 years.

Jonesborough is the oldest city in Tennessee. Founded in 1779, Jonesborough was originally the county seat of Washington County, North Carolina. Jonesborough is located in upper east Tennessee. The National Storytelling Festival is hosted in Jonesborough. This highly attended festival, now in its 34th year, is acclaimed as one of the Top 100 Events in North America.

This restored Victorian village, founded in 1880 by British author and social reformer, Thomas Hughes, was to be a cooperative, class-free, agricultural community for younger sons of English gentry and others wishing to start life anew in America. At its peak, some 350 people lived in the colony. More than 70 buildings of Victorian design graced the townscape on East Tennessee's beautiful Cumberland Plateau.

Step back in time to unique shops and attractions which are nothing like typical chain stores, malls or outlets. Sweetwater offers a bit of nostalgia along with the charm and friendliness that one would expect in a small southern town. The historic shopping district in Sweetwater has many recently renovated buildings which are reminders of the town's early beginning in 1875. Many shops include rare antiques, exquisite home furnishings and decor, original art works, unique garden gifts, hard to find collectibles, and more. Sweetwater was said to hold the biggest fair in East Tennessee in the 1990s. The town is also on record as the smallest town ever having hosted the Ringling Brother's Circus.

Tellico Plains
". . . "600 man Spanish army under the command of Hernado Desoto spent two days in a village called Tali in July in 1540. The Desoto documents strongly suggest that Tali was Tellico. The native peoples who lived at Tali spoke a dialect of the Muskogee language and were subject to a chief whose political center was located in North Georgia. With the destruction left in the wake of the Desoto expedition, the remnants of these people emigrated southwestward and within about 100 years of the Desoto expedition, the Iroquoian speaking Cherokee begin to build their villages upon the site of Tellico Plains." [Reference]

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