Historical Sites

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Cordell Hull Birthplace & Museum State Park

Cordell Hull Birthplace & Museum State Park
Historical site owned by the State of Tennessee, consisting of Cordell Hull's original log cabin birthplace, and an exhibition building housing documents and artifacts, including the Nobel Peace Prize for Peace Medal. Hull's will provided for the placing of artifacts and books from his private apartment in a museum which was opened in Pickett County, Tennessee in September 1996. Bunkum Cave was acquired in recent years and a superb trail has been implemented down to the area.  Great place for a short hike! 

For more info call (931) 864-3247 or visit www.friendsofcordellhull.org

National Civil War Trail Market
Marker shares the history of local characters in the Civil War.  To view a larger version of the image, click here.  

For more info call (931) 864-3247 or visit www.friendsofcordellhull.org

Sergeant Alvin C. York Gristmill

Sergeant Alvin C. York Gristmill Historic Park
The Alvin C. York Sate Historic Area at Pall Mall is a memorial to the Most Decorated World War I soldier. York's rise to fame resulted from his legendary firefight against the German Army in the Argonne Forest of France. Sgt. York was rewarded with more than 40 Allied decorations including the Congressional Medal of Honor. You can visit the family home and farm, the rock ledge where he married, the church he helped to build, as well as the post office/general store which he operated for years. The historic area lies beside the Wolf River and includes a picturesque Grist Mill, which York operated in the 40's. The park includes a picnic pavilion and playground equipment. His burial site is at the Wolf River Cemetery and only a short, yet beautiful drive away.

For more info call (931) 879-6456 or visit http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/parks/SgtYork/

The Borderlands Foundation Museum The Borderlands Foundation Museum

Located within the Amonett Place - The Borderlands Welcome Center in Pickett County at 1005 Livingston Hwy. (Hwy. 111), Byrdstown, TN, just a few miles from Dale Hollow Lake. The Borderlands Exhibit is an interpretive exhibit detailing the people, events and places of local interest that occurred during the era of the American Civil War; a story of their families and descendants through the reconstruction of the union. On display are various artifacts of local interest on loan, along with photos and copies of letters, various maps and reference books.

For more info call the Chamber (931) 864-7195.

Historic Rugby

Historic Rugby
Time stands still at tiny Historic Rugby, the restored Victorian village founded in 1880 by British author and social reformer Thomas Hughes. At its peak, some 350 people lived in the colony. More than 60 buildings of Victorian design graced the townscape. When visiting Historic Rugby you will see the surviving 20 original buildings still standing at the southern edge of the Big South Fork Park, unspoiled by modern development. Schoolhouse Visitor Centre exhibits and video trace a century of Rugby's British and Appalachian heritage. Daily guided tours take visitors into the 1882 Thomas Hughes Library, its original 7,000-volume collection still on the shelves, 1887 Christ Church Episcopal, where visitors are always welcome at Sunday morning service. Also you may visit the founder's Gothic Revival Cottage, filled with furnishings made by the early colonists, Rugby Commissary, which is full of traditional crafts, Harrow Road Cafe, Newbury House B & B, and Pioneer Cottage. Historic Rugby is open year round.

For more info about Historic Rugby, events and craft classes call (423) 628-2441, e-mail Historic Rugby at rugbytn@highland.net, or visit www.historicrugby.org

The Travisville Affair

The Travisville Affair
Located on Hwy. 200, 1.5 miles off Hwy. 127, 10 miles from Byrdstown. In the first military action in Tennessee during the Civil War, Union troops of the 12th Kentucky Calvary and the Home Guards of Houstonville Calvary, attacked a Confederate encampment at Travisville on September 29, 1861. The 100 Confederate troops refused to surrender. After being fired upon and losing four men, the Confederates retreated into the surrounding hills.

Call (931) 864-7195 for more info.


Vann's Branch United Baptist Church
In 1849 Vann's Branch United Baptist Church was originally located in the Vann's Branch Community. The congregation was noted for their singing. Baptismal services were conducted in the nearby Wolf River. In the early 1940's the US Army Corp of Engineers built the Dale Hollow Dam and forming Dale Hollow Lake, forcing people of Vann's Branch Community to relocate. The congregation elected to dismantle the building and move to the Amonett Cemetery on Cordell Hull Memorial Drive. For many years the church has been void of any worship services. It is now available for church services and funerals.