The origin of the states name Tansi or Tennessee was a Cherokee town that soon after became the name of the region. It translates to mean “the meeting place.” It is nicknamed “the volunteer state,” and the state capital is Nashville. It is 42,146 square miles and has a population of 6,346,105 residents.
Fact 1: Tennessee has more bordering states than any other state in the country. It has eight bordering states total, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Fact 2: What is now East Tennessee broke away from North Carolina in 1784 and formed the State of Franklin, where General John Sevier was named its governor. This hatchling state was doomed from the beginning; it was never recognized by the federal government and ceased to exist after four short years. After the state collapsed, the area existed as a federal territory until a 1795 questionnaire revealed that enough of the population desired statehood. William Blount, the territory governor called a constitutional convention to be held in Knoxville, delegates drew up a state constitution and bill of rights. In a very close Congressional vote on June 1, 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state of the union.
Fact 3: The nickname, The Volunteer State, originated during the War of 1812, when Governor William Blount called for volunteers and thousands of residents enlisted. During the Civil War Tennessee sent about 187,000 Confederate and 51,000 Union soldiers to fight. In recent history, around 100,000 Tennesseans were drafted into World War I and over 300,000 served in the armed forces while others served at home in war related industries during World War II.
Fact 4: Located at the Lorraine Motel, the site of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination is the National Civil Rights Museum. Throughout its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, this museum tells the story American civil rights movement and its heritage.
Fact 5: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is part of the Cherokee National Forest and is the most visited national park in the United States. World famous for its beauty and various animal and plant life, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the perfect setting for almost any outdoor activity.
Fact 6: Reelfoot Lake State Park which is located in the northwest corner of Tennessee is one of the greatest hunting and fishing preserves in the entire nation. It is assumed that the lake was created after the New Madrid Earthquakes in 1811 and 1812.
Fact 7: In 1928, Leo Lambert and a team of excavators found a stunning waterfall that was located over 1,120 feet below the surface of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN. Lambert named the waterfall after his wife, Ruby, and opened the area as a public attraction in 1930.
Fact 8: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum adds a remarkably modern touch to the Nashville skyline and is located at the epicenter of the city’s rapidly growing center, a block from the popular honky-tonks of Broadway, across the street from Bridgestone Arena and Music City Center, and adjacent to the Omni Hotel.
Fact 9: Surrounded by the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge near Gatlinburg, Tennessee and only minutes away from excitement, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort offers everything your family is looking for and offers many special touches to make your trip graceful and memorable. Located next to Dollywood Theme Park and Dollywood’s Splash Country, this resort is inspired by Dolly Parton’s sweet childhood memories of growing up on her family’s front porch in the Tennessee Mountains close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Fact 10: Take an unforgettable journey through the most famous rock ‘n’ roll residence in the world: Graceland. In Memphis, TN was Elvis Presley’s home for more than 20 years and at Graceland you can explore the personal side of Elvis Presley.