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.
Civil War Sesquicentennial
The Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission developed several outstanding programs and projects during the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. HA director Van West served as co-chair of the commission along with Commissioner of Tourist Development Kevin Triplett. To learn more about the Sesquicentennial's ongoing projects and resources, visit www.tncivilwar150.com.
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 www.civilwartrails.org
Tennessee Civil War 150 Series
Nashville Public Television and the Renaissance Center have created a number of documentaries 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, the experiences of African-Americans, and railways. To watch these documentaries, visit http://www.nptinternal.org/productions/civilwar/home/.
Visit the Heritage Center!
Located at 225 West College Street, the Heritage Center is a partnership between the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, and Main Street: Murfreesboro/Rutherford County. All exhibits and tours are free and open to the public.