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TN History for Kids

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Shelby County/Memphis

With about 650,000 people, Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee. It comes up many times in the Tennessee social studies curriculum. From de Soto to Martin Luther King, here are some of the more important points about the history of Memphis: …

Smith County

A view of Carthage from across the Cumberland River Gore PHOTO: Library of Congress Carthage was the boyhood home of former Representative, Senator, and Vice President Al Gore. Gore lost the closest presidential election in American history …

Stewart County

The view from Fort Donelson The hotel in Dover where Grant accepted the surrender after the battle of Fort Donelson Fort Donelson, near Dover, was the site of the first major Union victory in the Civil War. The Battle of Fort Donelson left…

Sullivan County

The Holston River, with a replica of a flatboat in the foreground Kingsport is the largest city in Sullivan County. How did it get its name? It is an interesting story that combines geography with history. The Holston River in Kingsport is the…

Sumner County

Living history at Mansker's Station Living history is big in Sumner County. In 1780 a settler named Kasper Mansker built a fort along the banks of the creek in Sumner County now named for him. Settlers had to abandon that fort because of Nati…