Historical Sites in Tennessee and Southern Kentucky Historical Sites

The Octagon Hall Museum & Kentucky Confederate Studies

Octagon Hall Franklin Ky

In 1847, Andrew Jackson Caldwell laid out the foundation for his new family home, Octagon Hall in Franklin Ky. With a desire for distinction, his home would not be a simple structure with four walls like so many others, but an eight sided edifice unique to the region. Completed in 1859, it would soon become a landmark in the south-central Kentucky area.

Goodlettsville Tn. Mansker Station

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Mansker's Fort is an authentic reconstruction of a 1779 frontier forted station typical of early Cumberland settlements. While at the fort, you can experience the lifestyles of early settlers through living history demonstrations.

Gallatin Tn. Cragfont, Home of General James Winchester at Castalian Springs

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Built in 1798, it was the first manor house west of the Alleghenies. Built by General James Winchester, who had lived on the land since 1793. He and his brother, George Winchester, had come to the area as traders after the Revolutionary War. George was later killed, but James and his wife, Susan Black lived at Cragfont and had fourteen children. Many original Winchester items can be found in the house. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Nashville Tn. Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson

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Experience the traditions of the Jackson family with guides in period costumes as they showcase decorations and holiday trimmings used in the 1800s. Start your tour in the Andrew Jackson Visitor Center with an audio tour of the gallery, museum, grounds, and garden. Holiday tours are offered daily from November 28 thru January 1. The Hermitage is open every day during the holidays except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The daily operating hours are 9am-4:30pm; last tickets sold.