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Chattanooga History

Chattanooga History

Chattanooga, TN is known for its mountains, rivers, and great aquarium, but it also has a rich history that can be found in many areas still today. Chattanooga was founded in 1816 and originally known as Ross’s Landing. It wasn’t until 1839 that it was referred to as Chattanooga. Since then Chattanooga has transformed from a major industrial city to the gig city it is today. The city worked hard over the years to restore the downtown area creating a cleaner and more sustainable environment. Today we want to recognize some of the places where you can learn more about Chattanooga’s history and explore the rich culture of the city.

The Battles for Chattanooga Museum is located at the base of Lookout Mountain. Here you can explore Civil War battle sites with a digital mapped show. Following the show you can visit Pointe Park where the Battle above the Clouds was fought.

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center is was founded in 1983 to present the many contributions African Americans made to the development of Chattanooga. Not only is the center a hub of knowledge, but it also serves as a performance hall hosting many performances, banquets, meetings and other community events.

The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park consists of 6 different locations with over 9,000 acres of land. Participate in a self guided tour or schedule one of their many guided tours through their website.

The Creative Discovery Museum

The Creative Discovery Museum is Chattanooga’s children museum located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. This museum opened in 1995 and has been educating children through their interactive programs since.

The Coker Museum is one of Chattanooga’s unique museums with over 13,000 square feet of Corky Coker’s personal collection of over 130 vintage cars and other transportation vehicles. This space also serves as an event space and can be rented out for any event.

The Hunter Museum

The Hunter Museum is a staple on Chattanooga’s waterfront and can be seen as you travel down the river. The museum displays a variety of American art from artists to show what makes America today. They also host events throughout the year that are ones you don’t want to miss!

Lodge Museum of Cast Iron is in South Pittsburg, TN and celebrates the American made cast iron. Here you can find out how it is made and how it changed food culture.

National Medal of Honor Heritage Center recognizes those that received the metal of honor from the first one awarded during the Civil War to today. Enjoy all of the exhibits as you walk down rich history.

Red Clay State Historic Park is over 260 acres of trails, amphitheater, picnic shelter, and more. Here you will find a national landmark, the Blue Hole Spring. Enjoy exploring and have some lunch here in the park.

Songbirds Guitar and Pop Culture Museum preserves musical history through its museum exhibits. The Songbirds foundation also provides guitars and education to children across the south.

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum shares the unique history of the rail lines that began here in 1850. Explore different railroad equipment and learn about how the industry shaped how we live today.

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