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History

History runs deep in Tennessee's South Cumberland. Explore our communities to discover important historic sites stretching back to early Native American history and early European settlement, the Civil War era, coal mining, railroads, industrial booms, and important black history sites. 

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SEWANEE

All Saints Chapel

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Beautiful Gothic architecture and breathtaking stained glass. The University of the South is consistently named one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

TRACY CITY

Grundy County Historical Society & Museum

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Free entry. Includes a running miniature replica of the Mountain Goat Railroad that carried coal and passengers over the Cumberland Plateau and real taxidermy wolf.

MONTEAGLE

Highlander Folk School

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The Highlander Folk School campus was first established in 1932 in Monteagle. The school began by organizing unemployed and working people, and working toward a more just and inclusive society. It also focused on fighting segregation. The school campus is presently closed to the public, as it undergoes restoration.

SEWANEE

Laurie Museum & Archives

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The Museum Collection contains a wide array of unique and interesting objects donated to the university and collected by the Archives. Often used in exhibits and research, these items lend a striking visual component to our holdings and serve to put many of our print and manuscript collections in their historical context.

MONTEAGLE

The Werner Military Museum

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The Sam (“Bud”) H. Werner Military Museum showcases Mr. Werner's extensive collection of military vehicles and other artifacts. His collection encompasses items from WWI to the present. The museum is closed during the winter, but open spring, summer and fall. Check the museum’s website (“more info,” below) for current hours.

BEERSHEBA SPRINGS

Beersheba Springs Assembly

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The Beersheba Springs Assembly is a retreat center unlike any other -- the perfect blend of intriguing history, pristine natural settings, and modern hospitality. Our location offers pre-Civil War buildings, scenic views of the Collins River Valley, and space for church retreats, family reunions, conferences, events, and personal retreats year round.

TRACY CITY

Grundy Lakes Historic Area Trailhead

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There are 8 trailheads within South Cumberland State Park. At the Grundy Lakes Historic Area, you can see remnants of this region’s coal mining industry, and learn how state convicts provided labor for the hundreds of coke ovens that ‘cooked coal’ at this site for nearly 50 years after the Civil War…

ALTAMONT

Historic Grundy County Courthouse (1835)

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After Grundy County was formed in 1843, this little log cabin was used as the first Grundy County Courthouse. It is now a private building.

TRACY CITY

Roundhouse Park

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Fortunate enough to have an intact historical district and access to recreational amenities, Tracy City is undertaking a serious effort to become the gateway community to the region’s outdoor and cultural assets for travelers. The new Roundhouse Park, in downtown, is now open!!

SEWANEE

University of the South Ralston Listening Library

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The state-of-the-art facility offers an unparalleled audiophile resource, housing the world-class collection of recordings of the late Father William Ralston. The Library's mission is entirely philanthropic, designed to spread a love and appreciation for great music and audio to all. Operating hours in accordance with DuPont Library hours; visitor parking available in marked space in the lot located behind the library.

TRACY CITY

Fiery Gizzard North Trailhead/Grundy Forest

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There are 8 trailheads within South Cumberland State Park. At Fiery Gizzard North, swimming holes, history, geology and giant hemlock trees await, on a family-friendly adventure…

MONTEAGLE

High Point Restaurant

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Built inside a 1929 mansion that presumably once was financed by Al Capone, the restaurant serves a menu of traditional gourmet dishes including Brie en Croute, Blackened Salmon Oscar and Black Thai Duck. The mansion that houses the restaurant was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997 and still features the original escape hatches and underground tunnels that were used by Capone to transfer liquor during the Prohibition Era.

GRUETLI-LAAGER

Historic Stoker-Stampfli Farm & Museum

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The Historic Stoker-Stampfli Farm tells the story of Swiss immigrants who came to the this area in the mid-1800s. The farmhouse, farm buildings and museum are all available to tour by appointment. All tours are free, but donations to maintain and restore the farm’s buildings are gratefully accepted.

SEWANEE

Sewanee Union Theater

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Enjoy both current and classic films in a vintage movie theater setting, with great popcorn!

SEWANEE

War Memorial Cross

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A scenic overlook and favorite picnic spot, located on the west bluff of the Sewanee domain. The 60-foot cross is a memorial to all Sewanee citizens and students who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam.