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Tennessee is rich in history, especially historic parks that are a wonder to visit.


Located in Henning, Tennessee, Fort Pillow State Park is a 1,250-acre park in Lauderdale County on the Chickasaw Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. It is rich in both historic and archaeological significance. In 1861, the Confederate Army built extensive fortifications at this site and named it Fort Pillow in honor of General J. Pillow, a resident of Maury County. It is the strategic location that caused the Union Army to take over the fort during the Civil War. Remains of the earth-works are well preserved. Fort Pillow has been designated as a Wildlife Observation Area by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Signs situated throughout the park designate certain species and their habitats. Also, the park provides sanctuary to deer and turkey.


Pinson Mounds in Pinson, Tennessee, is a special park set aside to protect prehistoric remains there. It is managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Division of State Parks. Pinson Mounds is a grouping of fifteen earthen mounds, a geometric enclosure, habitation areas, and related earth-works in an area that incorporates almost 1,200 acres. Pinson Mounds is a national historic landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site is protected by the Tennessee State Antiquities Act, which prohibits any digging or collecting on the site.


The Old Stone Fort is located in Manchester, Tennessee, and is a 2000-year-old American Indian Ceremonial site. It is made up of mounds and walls that combine with cliffs and rivers to form an enclosure measuring 1 to 1 1/4 miles around. It is a 50-acre enclosure that seems to have served as a central ceremonial gathering for nearly 500 years. The park offers educational programs that increase understanding of the park, archaeology, and Native American culture.


The Red Clay State Historic Park is located in Cleveland, Tennessee, in the extreme southwest corner of Bradley County, just above the Tennessee-Georgia state line. The park encompasses 263 acres of narrow valley formerly used as pasture land and to raise cotton. It has forested ridges that average 200 feet or more above the valley floor. The park contains natural landmarks like the Blue Hole Spring, which rises from beneath limestone ledges to form a deep pool that flows into Mills Creek, a tributary of the Consasauga and Coosa River system. This spring was once used by the Cherokee for their water supply.

There are many more historic parks in Tennessee, and each is as beautiful and intriguing as the ones above. If ever you are in Tennessee and around these areas, stop by and see the beauty and the significance for yourself.