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 about the Sesquicentennial's projects and resources, visit www.tncivilwar150.com. To read Dr. Van West's remarks from the signature event in Franklin, 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 http://www.nptinternal.org/productions/civilwar/home/.
Visit the Heritage Center in October to view Emancipation and Its Legacies
The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County will host Emancipation and Its Legacies, a national traveling exhibition developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, from October 3, 2016, to October 31, 2016. 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. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Click here for copies of our Emancipation Time Line Lesson Plan and Scavenger Hunt!