Knoxville is home to over 20 historic homes and heritage museums, and one of the most unique experiences is located in the heart of downtown, the East Tennessee History Center. Filled with interactive exhibits and displays, the East Tennessee History Center takes you on a fun interactive tour of the history and heritage of Knoxville and East Tennessee. Known for capturing the rich tapestry of history in our region, the East Tennessee History Center explores the fascinating history, culture and heritage of East Tennessee and its people. Begin the tour with a captivating look through the early days in the Tennessee hills. Learn about the Cherokee tribes and the battles with the Creeks and Shawnees. Experience the settlement days and see Davy Crockett’s own gun, “Old Betsy.” As you make your way through the museum, you will discover the whispers of slaves that were concealed from sight on their way to freedom in Canada, witness the bloody battles of the Civil War and see exhibits demonstrating the making of the atomic bomb. As you plan your visit to the History Center, give yourself one to two hours to experience all this museum has to offer. Also, don’t forget to visit the McClung Genealogical Collection and trace your family’s roots. You don’t have to be from East Tennessee to take advantage of this unique feature; the Genealogical Collection can assist you from wherever you call home. The East Tennessee History Center is housed at 601 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville, located across from the Tennessee Theatre at the corner of Gay and Clinch streets. For more information about the East Tennessee History Center visit http://easttnhistory.org/.
Exploring the past to understand the present
October 10, 2011 12:00 PM by Erin Donovan