Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a "National Heritage Area"?

National Heritage Areas are Congressionally designated ergions that represent the stories of nationally significant and distinct aspects of America's heritage. To learn more about the Tennesseee Civil War National Heritage Area, visit
The Heritage Area.

Q. Where is the Heritage Area located?

The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area covers the entire state but is focused on the museums, historic sites, and communities located along eight major mid-19th-century transporation corridors associated with the Civil War and Reconstruction in Tennessee. The offices of the Heritage Area, which is one of several programs administered by the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, are in Murfreesboro. Please go to
Sites for information about the many museums, parks, monuments, and battlegrounds in Tennessee.

Q. Is the Heritage Area involved in plans for the upcoming Civil War Sesquicentennial?

Yes, the Heritage Area director is Co-Chair of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, and our Federal Liaison also sits on the Commission. For more information on plans for Tennessee's Civil War Sesquicentennial, please visit the Sesquicentennial website.


Q. Do you have a brochure?


We have a rack card for the Heritage Area, and you can receive brochures participating sites by visiting their individual websites. See Sites for more information.

Q. Do you have a passport program?

Yes, we do have a passport program. To get your passport stamped, please come to one of our offices in Murfreesboro, either 1417 East Main Street (weekdays from 8:00-4:30) or 225 West College Street (weekdays from 10:00-3:00). Please call ahead at (615) 898-2947.

Q. Who is the Heritage Area for? Who does it benefit?

The Heritage Area serves Tennessee's citizens and visitors to the state. Through our Professional Services Partnership initiative, we partner with organizations and individuals throughout the state to provide architectural assessments, historical research, publication development, and public programming support. Through our Collaborative Partnership initiative, we provide matching funds for a variety of projects.

Through our website, educators can find information for use in the classroom or on field trips. Researchers, students, and educators can use the
themes to benefit their own research or schoolwork. Managers of Civil War tourism or educational sites can apply for funding. People interested in travel with a focus on the Civil War can use our downloadable driving tour brochures as well as our list of sites to plan their vacations or weekend get-aways.

Q. Does the Heritage Area only cover battles?

The Heritage Area is about much more than battles. In fact, it covers the Civil War and Reconstruction. We are interested in the home front, women's roles in the war, and the demise of slavery, in addition to the battles.

Q. I am an educator. How can I use this site in my classroom?

There are several ways.
Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) is the best place to start. This site will give you ideas, lesson plans, activities, sources of information, and links for local history education. Another option is visit Sites for a list of sites that may be appropriate for a field trip. In addition, the Heritage Area themes contain valuable recent research that may supplement your current lesson plan. For an extensive bibliography, go to Sources.

Q. I manage a tourism or education site with a Civil War or Reconstruction-era history. Is funding or assistance available for my site?

Federal funds may be available for projects; all such funds from the Heritage Area must be matched on a 50/50 ratio by state, local, or private monies. Your organization may also be able to take advantage of our Professional Services PArtnership program. Visit
How We Can Help  for details on how to apply for Collaborative Partnership funds and how to enter into a Professional Services Partnership with the Heritage Area.

Q. What is the Heritage Center in Murfreesboro?


The Heritage Center is one of the Heritage Area's partnerhip projects. Located at 225 West College Street just off the Square in Murfreesboro, the Heritage Center provides a place for visitors to Rutherford County to learn about the rich historic sites in the region. The Heritage Center also houses several exhibits, including "The Time That Changed Everything: Murfreesboro's Civil War Era." Ther Heritage Center is a joint venture between the Heritage Area, Main Street: Murfreesboro/Rutherford County, the City of Murfreesboro, and the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University. Additional support comes from the Rutherford County Government and State Farm Insurance.

Q. I represent a city/county in Tennessee. We are interested in telling the story of the Civil War and Reconstruction story of our city/county/region. How can the Heritage Area assist us?

The Heritage Area can assist you by providing professional guidance, and possibly matching funds, for the development of driving or walking tour brochures, exhibits, public programs, or materials for your local schools. The best place to start is to call (615-898-2947) or e-mail our office at
civilwar@mtsu.edu to discuss your ideas.

Q. I own a Civil War or Reconstruction-era property (for example, church cemetery, school, lodge, residence, commercial building, farm). How can the Heritage Area assist me?

The Heritage Area can assist you by providing professional guidance, and possibly matching funds, for the development of driving or walking tour brochures, exhibits, public programs, or materials for your local schools. The best place to start is to call (615-898-2947) or e-mail our office at civilwar@mtsu.edu to discuss your ideas.