Long before the Elvis and County Music came along, the famous state of Tennessee was the home to huge communities of prehistoric people. According to archaeologists, the very first inhabitants of this place arrived in Tennessee at least 12,000 years ago i.e. shortly after the end of last ice era. Soon, these earliest settlers, reached all over the state, spreading their rich and fabulous archaeological heritage.
Today, the great destination of Tennessee boasts its musical heritage and tourist attractions that are full of artistic as well as cultural value. The word “Tennessee” is derived from the Yuchi Indian term ‘Tana-see’ that means ‘The Meeting Place’.
Other neat points to note about the state include:
1) The Smoky Mountains hold the fascination of a large number of travelers while many a tourists visit this exceptional place to appease their musical and other interests.
2) Ideally located in the south of Jackson, the Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park is another major attraction for the place. This excellent archaeological site is the largest of the entire Woodland Period prehistoric archaeological sites in the American Southeast, occupied during the era from 200 B.C. to 400 A.D. It consists of approximately 12 earthen mounds along with a large enclosure or palisade. The primary mound at the Pinson is also famous, known as Saul’s Mound, and stands about 72 feet tall. It was among the tallest manmade structures north of Rio Grande since construction.
3) Being the very last border state to break away from the Union in the American Civil War, Tennessee is a home to various battlefields, many of which are still maintained and preserved for visitors. These provide excellent historic attractions, guided tours and displays along with hiking and natural trails where one can easily hear the ghosts of the early ages.
4) No trip to this state would be complete without visiting Graceland, which is the final resting place and home of the King of Rock and Roll. This exceptional site consists of guided tours to custom airplanes, grounds and mansion, and the Elvis Automobile Museum.
5) The rich culture of Tennessee is also well depicted in the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. It is a four day annual festival, specially produced as well as created by the famous Superfly Productions and AC Entertainment. Recently, this festival was named the Best Festival and is held at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee. The primary attraction at this festival is live music featuring a wide range of musical styles such as the world hip hop, bluegrass, jazz, folk, electronica, country music, Americana and indie folk. The festival also features artisans and craftsman selling exclusive food, drinks and other products. Other popular festivals organized in Tennessee include the Fylmz Festival, Boomsday, Lauderdale County Tomato Festival and the National Storytelling Festival.
Tennessee has a rich cowboy history. This western way of life can still be found at various dude and guest ranches spread all over Tennessee. A visit to these ranches and farmlands will give you and your family a peep into the lifestyle and culture of your forefathers.
So, ask you kids to pack their kids John Deere boots, cowboy hats and gun holster and pay a visit to the beautiful state of Tennessee. Let them know their rich cultural past by reliving it at these ranches, museums and festivals.