Permanent Civil War exhibits were recently installed in Tennessee Welcome Centers.
The purpose of the Civil War exhibits is to educate visitors and Tennesseans as to the important role Tennessee played in the Civil War. Each Tennessee Civil War Exhibit features an overview of Tennessee’s role in the Civil War, as well as the regional impact of the Civil War and will also promote rural tourism development through the Tennessee Civil War Trail and Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways programs.
The exhibits will be dedicated in a ceremony at 1pm on October 17 at the I-81 Welcome Center at southbound mile marker 75.3 in Bristol, TN. Special remarks will be made by Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, Commissioner Susan Whitaker, TN Dept. of Tourist Development, Co-Chair, TN Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, and Dr. Carroll Van West, Tennessee State Historian, Co-Chair, TN Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
Permanent exhibits can also be found at Tennessee Welcome Centers located at I-40 Shelby County – Memphis; I-65 Robertson County – Mitchellville; I-24 Hamilton County – Tiftonia; I-65 Giles County- Ardmore; I-40 Smith County - Buffalo Valley; I-75 Campbell County –Jellico; I-26 Unicoi County –Erwin; I-40 Cocke County – Hartford; I-75 Hamilton County – Chattanooga; I-24 Montgomery County – Clarksville; and I-155 Dyer County - Dyersburg.
This project was made possible through a partnership with Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, and the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and was funded by the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, State Capital Commission.
For more information on Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial, visit www.tncivlwar150.com.