IN SEARCH OF

Virtual tours that follow history


Tremont, in the Great Smoky Mountains, during its days as a lumber town
PHOTO: Blount County Library
Sometimes you can capture the story of an event, story or person by visiting one place.

Sometimes you have to go to many places.

On this part of the Tennessee History for Kids page, we go "in search of" a few historic figures or events that transcend one location.


William Walker's grave in Honduras
PHOTO: Laura Vogtsberger de Rivera
David Crockett is by all accounts one of the most famous Tennesseans. We go from Tennessee to Texas, in search of him.

Henry Timberlake brought the King of England face to face with three Cherokee chiefs, then died penniless only a few years later. We follow in his footsteps.

We go all over Central America, learning about
William Walker, a Tennessean by birth and the most famous filibuster in American history.

We also go in search of President
James K. Polk, Civil Rights pioneer Ida B. Wells, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and Dred Scott -- arguably the most famous slave in American history.

Some of the descendants of Ida B. Wells
Then there are events that were huge and which changed Tennessee history, but which you have to look closely to find signs of today.

The
New Madrid Earthquake is an example of this. So violent in its time--causing the Mississippi River to flow backwards and form Reelfoot Lake--many people today don't even know it happened.

So is the Battle of Nashville (the South's most desperate battle, and the Civil War's most forgotten battle).

Finally, there is the story of the Little River Lumber Company, which affected the appearance of the Great Smoky Mountains, whether people realize it or not.