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Historic Mansker's Station Frontier Life Center

Two sites comprise the Frontier's Life Center and illustrate the transition pioneers made from fort life to estate living. The reconstructed log station is known as Mansker's Station (circa 1779) and the Bowen Plantation house is furnished in 1790's style.

Website for Mansker's Station

 

Historic Rock Castle

Rock Castle, built around 1790, is the historic home of General Daniel Smith. Once the centerpiece of a 3,140 acre-plantation, the seven level limestone house is one of the earliest examples of Federal architecture in middle Tennessee. the 18-acre site also includes a smokehouse and family cemetery.

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James K. Polk Home

Eleventh President James K. Polk began his legal and political career from this home, built by his parents in 1816. Today it contains portraits, furniture and other items used by the Polks in the White House. 

James K. Polk Ancestral Home.

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Sam Davis Home Historical Site

The home of Confederate hero Sam Davis was built around 1820 and enlarged around 1850. A typical upper middle class farm house, the home stands on 168 acres of the original 1,000-acre farm.  It is furnished with family pieces and period antiques.

Website for Sam Davis home

 
 

Tennessee State Capitol

Overlooking Memorial Square in the downtown area is the stately and historic Capitol of Tennessee. The designer, William Strickland, who designed it in 1845 and died before its completion in 1859, was buried in the North wall niche and his son carried on the job of overseeing its completion. On the grounds are the tomb of James K. Polk, the equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson, and statues of Sam Davis, and of Edward Ward Carmack, Tennessee statesman and newspaperman.

Tennessee State Capitol

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Travelers Rest Plantation

Travellers Rest was built in 1799 by Judge John Overton, pioneer, Tennessee statesman, jurist, and friend and advisor of Andrew Johnson. the restored Federal-style farm house has been designated as a National Historical Site and features a large collection of early Tennessee furniture. The site includes period outbuildings, a formal garden and gift shop.

Website for Travelers Rest Plantation

 
 

Two Rivers Mansion

The stately Italianate home, built in 1859 by David McGavock, has been tastefully restored to reflect the splendor of the 1870s.  Standing high on a rolling hill above Cumberland River, Two Rivers Mansion was a splendid place to live for more than a century.

Website for Two Rivers Mansion

  

 
 
 

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