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Historic Sites Kickoff

Sumner County, Tennessee, has a rich past filled with fascinating stories that are sure to leave an imprint on history lovers.

Historic Sites Kickoff

Saturday, April 6th, 2024 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Sumner County, Tennessee, has a rich past filled with fascinating stories that are sure to leave an imprint on those who interact with such history. And luckily, Sumner County has more than its fair share of amazing historic sites and museums to explore! Join these participating sites as they celebrate the seasonal opening of Sumner County, Tennessee’s historic sites and museums! Make a day of it to enjoy the history of Sumner County, Tennessee.

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Extend Your Adventure

Enjoy a memorable weekend in Sumner County by extending your adventure! We made this itinerary with you in mind!

Participating Sites

Bledsoe’s Fort Historical Park

    • Admission: Free
    • Hours: 10:00AM – 2:00PM
      • Schedule of Events:
        • 10:00AM-11:00AM Historic Homes Open
        • 11:00AM – 12:00PM: Tales from the First Far West – Discovery and Settlement by Isaac Bledsoe
        • 12:00PM – 1:00PM: Historic Hike: Enjoy the scenic hiking trails at Bledsoe’s Fort Historical Park (moderate difficulty)
        • 1:00PM – 2:00PM: Historic Homes Open
  • Rose Mont
    • Admission: Free
    • Hours: 10AM – 4:00PM
    • Find people dressed in period clothing as you explore Rose Mont! 
  • Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center
    • Admission: Free 
    • Hours: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
    • 1968: A Folsom Redemption: Exhibition Open
      • Special Artist Talk with Gene Beley
        • 2:00PM – 3:00PM
        • 5:00PM – 6:00PM
  • Trousdale Place
    • Admission: Free
    • Hours: 10AM – 2PM
    • Special Details:
      • Period actor of Julius Augustus Trousdale talking about his life, the Battle of Shiloh, and historic Gallatin
      • Visit from “Bessie” the Gallatin Library mobile library
  •  Historic Castalian Springs: Cragfont State Historic Site & Wynnewood State Historic Site
    • Admission: Free
    • Hours: 10:00AM – 2:00PM
    • Self-guided tours, special talks and presentations, and a hands on activity 
  • Sumner County Museum
    • Admission: Free 
    • Hours: 10:00AM – 2:00PM
    • Free t-shirts for all kids who visit! 
  • The Bridal House
    • Admission: Free
    • Hours: 10:00AM – 3:00PM
    • Special Details:
      • 18th & 19th century music by Debbie and Mark Lewis
      • Primitive Easter crafts
      • Display of 18th & 19th century samplers, tours and refreshments.
  • Rock Castle State Historic Site
    • Admission: Free
    • Hours: 10:00AM – 2:00PM
    • Special Details:
      • Guided House Tours at 10:00 and 11:30
      • Docents dressed in Colonial attire
      • Hands-on activities
      • Scavenger Hunt inside the Castle (during Tour)
  • Douglass-Clark House
    • Admission: Free
    • Hours: 10AM – 2PM
    • Special Details:
      • Light refreshments
      • Tours of the Douglass-Clark House

Enjoy the Perfect Historic Weekend

Why Old Places Matter with Thomson Mayes

Distinguished guest, Thompson Mayes, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, National Trust for Historic Preservation, will share his observations on Why Old Places Matter. His book of the same name explores the myriad reasons old places touch our souls, ignite our creativity and create a sense of identity for our community.

1968: A Folsom Redemption

Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center celebrates Johnny Cash’s best-known performances by presenting the exhibition 1968: A Folsom Redemption. The 31 photos in this exhibit cover a critical juncture in the career of Johnny Cash, one of the 20th century’s most beloved performers.

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