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TN History for Kids

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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…

Tipton County

A map of Tipton County Tennessee's western boundary used to be the Mississippi River. That seemed to make sense. But no one tells the Mighty Mississippi what to do. During the great earthquake of 1811 and 1812, the river changed its course in …

Trousdale County

Caption Trousdale County is home to a nuclear power plant that the Tennessee Valley Authority never finished. You can see the never-operational Hartsville Nuclear Power Plant from nearly 20 miles away. It sort of towers over Trousdale County. If …