Gustav Dentzel pioneered the modern carousel in America in the 1860s. Many men followed his lead and the mystical carousel became the centerpiece for hundreds of amusement parks that began to spring up across the nation. The “golden age” of carousels lasted until the great depression when the economy began to decline. In the 1970’s… Read more »
Northeast Tennessee is a very happening place. This is your go-to spot to find out more information about the wonderful things there are to do in our area such, historical information, excellent places to dine, intriguing places to stay during your vacation visit, and specific details and insight to the many fun and entertaining events we have going year round. From the outdoors to music, there's a lot to do and see.
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Coming to Johnson City, Tennessee is a world-renowned exhibition that is all about the human body. This limited time, one of a kind display consists of actual human bodies and organs. “Our Body: The Universe Within” is at the Hands On! Museum now until August 2nd. Millions in select cities have seen this display across… Read more »
Northeast Tennessee is a region characterized by small towns, rolling hills and rich history. Often referred to as Southern Appalachia, the entertaining attractions are literally limitless across the dynamic landscape. Festivals and numerous historic sites celebrate a strong folklore and frontier past. Voluminous mountains give way to spacious farmland that is solely interrupted by rural… Read more »
The snow has melted, temperatures have risen and things are starting to turn green in Northeast Tennessee. This is the time of year that is just right for outside activities- the weather is just right and snakes and bugs haven’t made their full return. There are a lot of outside activities in the region, but… Read more »
In the 1920s, the hills of Northeast Tennessee were alive with the sound of country music. And when Ralph Peer headed to Bristol in 1927 to record authentic “hillbilly” artists, the future of this genre was changed for good. Of course, country music had been recorded commercially for years, but the best artists in… Read more »
Northeast Tennessee has many historic sites, days and events and the local people focus a lot on keeping old time traditions alive. The spring season brings many of those days and events; people come from all over to participate and spectate. One of the most fun events is “Wooly Day” at Rocky Mount Living History… Read more »
In the late 1700s a man by the name of John Austine McKinney came to America from Coleraine, Ireland after graduating from the University of Edinburgh. With a Bible and a copy of Horace in his pocket, he stepped aboard a ship in sight of a better life. When he reached the New England shore,… Read more »
Most families do not take vacations in the early year. With the cold of winter and the dead, barren land outside, this time of year doesn’t exactly scream warm, sun-kissed family fun. Getting out of town in the beginning of the year may not be such a bad idea though. In Northeast Tennessee most places… Read more »
It’s Not Just Theatre…It’s Barter! With a rich history spanning eight decades, Barter Theatre still draws patrons from around the globe every day to Abingdon to enjoy the magic of live entertainment. Barter, the State Theatre of Virginia, helps visitors make memories through its talented cast of resident actors in shows ranging from comedies to… Read more »
The picturesque setting of Greeneville, Tennessee frames the life of the 17th president, Andrew Johnson. His arrival to town in 1826 as a humble tailor launched his unexpected political career. The National Park Service preserves artifacts of Johnson’s life including Johnson’s original Tailor shop. Andrew’s business became the local gathering place for political talk, shaping… Read more »
It’s tough to find a more family-friendly destination than Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. With penguins, stingrays, overnight summer camps and the return of the Live Mermaids, your kids will be the envy of every “What I Did Over My Summer Vacation” presentation on the first day of school this fall. From the Tropical… Read more »
These days, Mother’s Day is celebrated with macaroni necklaces, handpicked flowers, homemade cards and—if Mom is lucky—something sparkly and the day off from doing the laundry. It’s a time to show gratitude to the maternal figures in your life. Throughout the world and over thousands of years, there have been many celebrations of motherhood…. Read more »