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Clarksville History

Emerald Hill

Once the home of Gustavus A. Henry, "Eagle Orator of Tennessee," this building began as a farmhouse in the 1820's and has undergone two major renovations.  Currently the APSU Alumni Center, the home contains many original furnishings.

Fort Defiance Park

Interpretive center with both permanent and temporary displays and a 15 minute film describing life in Clarksville during the Civil War. One can explore the fort and walk on the interpretive trails. Fort Defiance welcomes school groups and special tours.

Smith-Trahern Mansion

Built in 1858 by a wealthy tobacconist, this Greek Revival & Italianate style home overlooks the Cumberland River.  For more informaiton call 931-648-9998.

Customs House Museum & Cultural Center

Built in 1898 as a U.S. Post Office, this structure includes more than 25,000 sq. ft. of gallery space, three classrooms, a dining room, boardroom, concessions area, and a 200-seat auditorium.  Offering exhibits in art, science, history, culturally diverse programs in dance, theatre and music.  Houses an artisan museum store located in the downtown historic district.

Dunbar Cave

At the turn of the century the cave and surroundings were a mineral springs resort.  In the 1930s and 1940s, the huge cave entrance served as a naturally air-conditioned venue to Big Band performances.  Later, the cave was owned by country music legend Roy Acuff and hosted some of Nashville's biggest names in entertainment.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield & Cemetery

"Fort Donelson will hereafter be marked in Capitals on the maps of our United Country..."  Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant was becoming quite famous as he wrote these words following the surrender of Confederate Fort Donelson on Sunday, February 16, 1862. The Union victory at Fort Donelson elated the North, and stunned the South. Within days of the surrender, Clarksville and Nashville would fall into Union hands. Grant and his troops had created a pathway to victory for the Union.

Historic Collinsville A Restored Pioneer Settlement

Historic Collinsville is a living history museum featuring authentically restored log houses and outbuildings dating from 1830 to 1870. The settlement takes visitors from the earliest "first home" to the expansive big house on the hill with separate kitchen, living and sleeping areas. Each home and outbuilding has been painstakingly restored to its original condition and furnished authentically.

Land Between the Lakes

Clarksville is the southern gateway to a 170,000-care vacation area stretching 40 miles between Kentucky Lank and Lake Barkley.  This land was developed by the Tennessee Valley Authority as a national outdoor recreation project.  For more information call 270-924-2000.

Port Royal State Park

Port Royal, once one of the most prominent towns in colonial Tennessee, was a Longhunter camp as early as 1775 and truly settled by the early 1780’s. Port Royal's strategic location at the junction of main roads and the Red River made it a hub of commerce for northern Tennessee and south central Kentucky, and a major stagecoach route. It was the only stop in Tennessee on the "Great Western Road" stagecoach line between Nashville and Illinois. 

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L&N Train Station

Built in 1890, the L & N Train Station was the scene for the Monkees' hit, "Last Train to Clarksville. " This was once one of the busiest locations in Clarksville, with soldiers and civilians departing and arriving daily.

Wilma C. Rudolph Statue

Erected to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of three time gold Olympic Gold Medalist Wilma Rudolph, a native of Clarksville. One of the city's main streets is also named in her honor.