Tennessee earned its nickname as, “The Volunteer State” during the War of 1812
Tennessee is a state full of die-hard Volunteers who fought for the country. The nickname, “the Volunteer State,” was given to Tennessee after sending 1,500 volunteer soldiers to fight in defense during the Battle at New Orleans in 1812. The answer lies in the long and honorable history of self-sacrifice, courage, and patriotism of its citizens.
Nashville isn’t the birthplace of country music
It’s no surprise that the country’s music capital, Nashville is home to many stars and it’s known to be Music City. But Bristol is actually the official birthplace of country music for several important reasons. Find out HERE.
Reelfoot Lake came from shaky beginnings
The lake was formed entirely from a series of earthquakes in 1811-1812. A series of catastrophic earthquakes shook West Tennessee and the rest of the Central Mississippi Valley. Some reports said that the quakes were strong enough to awaken sleepers in Washington, D.C., and allegedly some tremors were felt twelve hundred miles away in Quebec City, Canada These days, the 15,000 acres of water in Reelfoot Lake State Park brings visitors from all over the country to explore bald cypress trees and nesting pairs of eagles. The perfect place to go for those who love photography. It’s one-of-a-kind!
Martin Luther King, Jr. took his last breath at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy is an inspiration that will never die. He took his last breath at the LorraineMotel in Memphis where he was assassinated on April 4th, 1968, and people all over still come to see what’s left of him there today.
Kingston was the state capital for one day, September 21, 1807
This was a result of a treaty with the Cherokees. In the Tellico Treaty of 1805, the Cherokees requested that the state capital be moved to Kingston, and the state agreed as part of the treaty. Unfortunately, the Indians didn’t stipulate how long they wanted the capital at Kingston. The legislature met there for a few hours on September 21, 1807, making Kingston the capital for one day. They then returned to Knoxville which once again became the capital.
The Knoxville World’s Fair in 1982 hosted 11,127,786 people
We find that to be exceedingly fascinating. The World’s Fair brought people from all over the world to Knoxville to see exciting new inventions, food, and international displays. The fair’s theme, “Energy Turns Our World,” debuted many inventions pertaining to energy and its practical applications.
Home of the LARGEST freshwater aquarium
In Chattanooga, you will not only find a freshwater aquarium but a newer saltwater aquarium as well. Head out to Tennessee Aquarium with your friends and family. The Tennessee Aquarium is one of the world’s largest freshwater aquariums, and easily Chattanooga’s biggest attraction, contributing more than $115 million to the city’s economy annually.
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