Regional Heritage 2018-04-02T16:10:47-04:00


Unique landmarks, big personalities, and storied events shaped the history and heritage of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.


The Wilderness Road was the principal route used by settlers for more than fifty years to reach Kentucky from the East. In 1775, Daniel Boone blazed a trail for the Transylvania Company from Fort Chiswell in Virginia through the Cumberland Gap into central Kentucky. Today, the Wilderness Road State Park offers picnicking, hiking, and nature and living history programs. Visitors can enjoy the visitor center, home to a theater showing an award-winning docudrama, “Wilderness Road, Spirit of a Nation.”

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Sunny Side shows you the best of what Northeast Tennessee has to offer, from the attractions you’ve heard about for years to the restaurants you can’t believe you’ve found. Visit our historic churches, our cemeteries, our town halls and our main streets. Whether you’re looking for antiques, adventure or just a trip you’ll be talking about for years to come, you’ll find it when you keep on the Sunny Side.

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Bays Mountain Park, located in Kingsport, Tennessee, is a 3,550-acre nature preserve and the largest city-owned park in the state of Tennessee.  Offering a variety of features, visitors to Bays Mountain Park can enjoy a picturesque 44-acre lake, a Nature Center  with a  state-of-the-art  Planetarium Theater, Animal Habitats featuring wolves, bobcats, raptors and reptiles, and anAdventure Ropes Course complete with a 300-ft. zip line.

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Northeast Tennessee has a big story to tell – one that dates back more than 5 million years. Everywhere you go in this region, you’ll find the tales of America’s First Frontier come to life – in awe-inspiring museums, living history sites, and cultural showcases. But there are only stopping points on your journey through Northeast Tennessee. Along the way, you’ll follow along the same scenic trails once used by war heroes, legendary pioneers, and renowned statesmen.

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Rocky Mount Museum and Living History Site sits at the foot of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. A visit to the site includes several components starting with a visit to the Massengill Overmountain Museum, historic buildings, and the museum grounds. Come experience history and see what the daily life of a frontier family was really like.

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