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 Heritage Area serves on the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, which plans events, educational opportunities, and heritage tourism opportunities for the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.  For more information on how to participate as well as the next signature event in Franklin in November 2014, visit To read Dr. Van West's remarks from the first signature event, 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. To follow the Trail, visit
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.  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

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Allendale Farm featured

Allendale Farm in Montgomery County was featured in the Leaf-Chronicle. The farm has been in continuous operation since 1796.   Read More

Dedication at Eastern Flank Battlefield Park in Franklin

Join us for the dedication of interpretative markers and kiosks at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park in Franklin, Tennessee on April 3rd!   Read More

Tales, Trails, and Tourism: Discover Tennessee's Civil War History

Rachael Finch of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area recently had a blog post featured on the Center for Historic Preservation's blog, Southern Rambles.   Read More

Franklin Battlefield Returning Through Reclamation Project

Franklin's Charge is working to bring the reclaim the battlefield associated with the Battle of Franklin.    Read More

Civil War Courier article on the Longstreet Headquarters Museum

The Civil War Courier released an article on January 31, 2014 about the General Longstreet Museum and the new panels created by Dr. Van West and Jessica White.   Read More

Telling the Emancipation Story

Dr. Antoinette van Zelm wrote a recent blog entry for the Center for Historic Preseration's blog that talks about the Heritage Area's traveling exhibition on Emancipation. Click here to read the entry.   Read More

Gov. Haslam Appoints Heritage Area Director Van West As State Historian

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Dr. Carroll Van West as state historian. West replaces the late Walter T. Durham, who served 11 years in the honorary position.   Read More

Civil War Trust Economic Impact Study Highlights Benefits of Battlefield Preservation

The Civil War Trust's recent Economic Impact Study highlights the economic and tourism benefits of battlefield preservation.    Read More

Plowshares and Swords

Watch this clip of a Community Heritage lecture by Caneta Hankins, former Assistant Director of the Center for Historic Preservation, as she discusses Plowshares and Swords: Tennessee Farm Families Tell Civil War Stories. Ms. Hankins delivered this lecture at the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County on November 6, 2013.   Read More

Watch Mr. Lincoln, as portrayed by Dennis Boggs, deliver the Gettysburg Address at the Heritage Center

Mr. Lincoln, as portrayed by Dennis Boggs, visited the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County to deliver the Gettysburg Address on the 150th anniversary of this timeless speech. Open the article below to learn more and listen to the Address.    Read More

Colleague and friend Michael T. Gavin passes away after lengthy illness

Our friend and colleague, Michael Thomas Gavin, passed away on January 9 after a lengthy illness.    Read More

The Tennessee Civil War 150 App Available Free on Itunes

A project in partnership with the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, the Tennessee Civil War 150 Iphone app is now available on Itunes. The highly popular app, launched in April, has received excellent reviews.   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