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 »
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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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 »
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 »
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 »
We often refer to Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area as the place where “Our Heritage Comes to Life,” and that it does! With thanks to a great staff and a host of volunteers who love to share our remarkable history, we are able to meet our goal of presenting educational family programs throughout the year. … Read more »
“The Bristol Sessions is the single most important event in the history of country music.” – Johnny Cash The Bristol Sessions, recorded on State Street in 1927 and 1928, are recognized internationally as the “Big Bang” of country music. The Birthplace of Country Music®, a non-profit organization formed to celebrate and… Read more »
The Niswonger Performing Arts Center (NPAC) is a regional performing arts center located in historic downtown Greeneville, TN, adjacent to Greeneville High School. Since opening in December 2004, NPAC has hosted hundreds of concerts and events in a modern venue with over 1100 seats. During the past year NPAC has increasingly become recognized nationally as… Read more »
Roan Mountain State Park is nestled against the base of the majestic 6,285-foot Roan Mountain, one of the highest peaks of the Southern Appalachians. This special Tennessee state park encompasses 2,006 acres dominated by rich hardwood forest along rugged ridges. The cool, clear Doe River winds its way through the center of the park, and… Read more »
One of the nation’s largest city parks, Kingsport’s Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium is a 3,550-acre nature preserve offering an assortment of activities for all seasons featuring 39 miles of trails perfect for hiking and mountain biking, a 44-acre lake with barge rides providing the perfect prescription for a quiet escape to nature, native animal… Read more »