The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area tells the whole story of America's greatest challenge, 1860-1875: the powerful stories of vicious warfare, the demands of the homefront and occupation, the freedom of emancipation, and the enduring legacies of Reconstruction.
We provide leadership and support to organizations across Tennessee, creating opportunities for education, interpretation, preservation, and economic development.
Leveraging federal, state, local and private funding, we empower communities and individuals to serve as good stewards of their historic places and stories. Professional Services and Outreach helps property owners and organizations develop heritage programs and projects. Through Collaborative Partnerships, organizations, local governments, and non-profits can apply for 50/50 matching funds for projects including interpretive tours, exhibits, educational materials, and preservation planning. For a copy of the application and instructions, click here.
Tennessee Civil War Trails
The Heritage Area partners with the Tennessee Departments of Tourist Development and Transportation to implement the statewide Tennessee Civil War Trails marker and signage program, with over 400 markers across the state. To follow the Trail, visit
Tennessee Civil War 150 and The Citizenship Project Documentaries

In partnership with the Heritage Area, Nashville Public Television and the Renaissance Center have created two documentary series that explore life in Tennessee during the Civil War and during Reconstruction. These award winning documentaries focus on a number of topics, including music, religion, the role of women, rivers and rails, and the experiences of African-Americans during the war and after the war in the quest for full citizenship. To watch these documentaries, visit

This Year's Annual Report

The Center for Historic Preservation's latest Annual Report is available for viewing! To read more about the Heritage Area in this year's report, click

Visit the Heritage Center!

Located at 225 West College Street, the Heritage Center is a partnership between the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, and Main Street Murfreesboro/Rutherford County, Inc. All exhibits and tours are free and open to the public. Click here to learn more and plan a visit. 

New Report on William Eames, Northern Civil War Surgeon in Middle Tennessee

Check out this new report by Sarah Williams, Education Program Director, TN Agricultural Museum. Click here to learn more. 

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New driving tour focuses on Maury County's African American communities

The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area has released a new driving tour that focuses on Maury County's rich African American heritage.   Read More

New publication on preserving African American places released

The Center for Historic Preservation has released a new publication about preserving African American places.   Read More

New publication on Rutherford County's Civil War Battles

New publication on Rutherford County's Civil War   Read More

Sustainability Through Partnerships - A Foundation for Excellence

Sustainability and strong partnerships are increasingly important as heritage organizations continue to weather the current economic storm. To remain sustainable, we encourage strong reciprocal partnerships with local, state, and national organizations to create long term partnerships for the Civil War Sesquicentennial and beyond.    Read More