Attractions

A re-emerging historic architectural district scattered with shops, restaurants, and entertainment. All in Clarksville…Tennessee's fifth largest city. While you're visiting we invite you to explore every aspect of our fair city. Peek inside our antique shops, meander through our galleries and museums, stroll along through our walking trails. Do whatever you want, it's your vacation!


Clarksville Speedway

1600 Needmore Road Clarksville, TN 37040 (931) 645-2523 Fax: (931) 645-5171 wiltamracing@aol.com

Track Photographer: Joe Papastathis JAB Creations (931) 237-5370 jabcreations07@yahoo.com

Clarksville Speedway was established in the mid 1960's. Our facility is located on a privately owned 82+ acre tract. It is located just off of I-24 Exit 1. Approximately 45 minutes north west of Nashville toward St. Louis. The speedway has been under current owners William Scogin and John and Debbie McConnell for the past 8 years.
Clarksville Speedway & Fairgrounds has two tracks under one facility. We are proud to house the following tracks:

New 3/8 Mile banked clay oval dirt track and 1/8 Mile Two Lane Drag Strip.

Our new 3/8 mile Dirt Track runs every Saturday night. We are sanctioned by UMP and run the following 8 different classes every Saturday night: UMP Late Models, UMP Open Wheels,Pro-Street, UMP Street Stock, UMP Pure Mini Stock,Mini sprints, Mini Mods and UMP Crate Late Models. Averaging approximately 90-125 cars per event.

The 1/8 mile Drag Strip runs two shows every Friday night includes the Bracket races with the following classes: Pro Footbrake and Sportsman Street , Street Trophy.

Beginning at 10:30 or after the first show(bracket racing), we refill Drag Strip with young adults racing import cars. We average between 100 –600 young adults per event giving them a safe environment to race. We pride ourselves in offering a great place for family entertainment.

 

Museums

Custom House Museum and Cultural Center

200 South Second St., Clarksville, TN 37040 • 931-648-5780 • Open: Tuesday Through Sunday • Closed Mondays

Located in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is the State's second largest general museum. With over 35,000 square feet of the region's best hands-on activities and special events…people of all ages agree – the Customs House Museum is well worth the stop!

Explore an entire city block featuring large gallery spaces filled with fine art , science and history . The Explorer's Gallery is packed with fun, learning and fantasy in Aunt Alice's Attic , McGregor's Market and kitchen, and of course – the Bubble Cave ! Finally, get “all aboard” to see our fantastic model trains . Our volunteer engineers “ride the rails” every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

To learn about our admission prices and hours o f operation, click here .

 

Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum

Located on the beautiful campus of Lincoln Memorial University, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is one of Harrogate's finest attractions. Home to one of the most diverse Lincoln and Civil War collections in the country, The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum offers something for every Abraham Lincoln enthusiast.

View many rare items such as the cane Lincoln carried on that fateful night at Ford's Theatre, two life masks, the tea set he and Mary Todd used in their home in Springfield and numerous other fascinating artifacts.

Hours of Operation

Museum

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

 

Theatre

 

Roxy Regional Theatre

100 Franklin Street
Clarksville, TN 37040
roxytheatre@bellsouth.net
931.645.7699

Box office hours are 9am to 2pm, Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to curtain. Reservations can be made through our website 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Entering its 27th year, Roxy Regional Theatre offers 16-show season

Soon to be in its 27th season, The Roxy Regional Theatre is the oldest live theater and only professional theater in Clarksville.

Productions presented by young professionals from around the country include world and regional premieres, modern dramas, Broadway musicals and Shakespearean classics on its main stage. Cutting edge shows, as well as class projects by students of The Roxy School of the Arts, are presented in the OtherSpace, a 50-seat black-box theater.

Just beyond the lobby, visitors can enjoy exhibits in the Peg Harvill Gallery. The changing exhibits feature works by local and regional artists.

Each September, The Roxy celebrates its new season with a gala, the theater's annual fundraiser. The gala closes out Frolic on Franklin: A Celebration of the Arts, hosted by downtown merchants and local artists.

Tom Thayer, Roxy managing director, and John McDonald, Roxy artistic director, bring 16 or more productions to Clarksville every season. At least 26,000 schoolchildren see a production at The Roxy each year. In addition to producing live theater, this nonprofit organization functions as a community theater school, making stars of local actors, many of whom have appeared on Broadway, as well as in movies and television.
School of the Arts

The Roxy offers classes for students interested in theater through its School of the Arts. Dance and music instruction also are available. Instructors are McDonald and members of the professional company. Classes are $50 per month, and students must be at least 10 years old.
Expansion plans

Plans are under way to expand the current 153-seat Roxy into The Roxy Regional Center for the Arts and Education, which will include a state-of-the-art 500-seat performance hall, art galleries, studio spaces, coffee and gift shops, a welcome center for Clarksville, classrooms for dance, art, theater, music and Kindermusic.

John Sergio Fisher, an internationally known theatrical architect, created the drawings, a virtual walk-through and model of the proposed building.

The total cost of the 35,000-square-foot project has been estimated at $15 million.

The Roxy continues to raise money for the project. For information about The Roxy Regional Center for the Arts and Education or how you can contribute, contact the theater.

 

Cumberland County Playhouse

221 Tennessee Avenue
Crossville, TN 38555

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 484
Crossville, TN 38557

E-mail: info@ccplayhouse.com

Ticket Office/General Info 931-484-5000
Group Sales Office 931-484-2471
Administrative Office 931-484-4324
Production Shop/Rehearsal Hall 931-484-8710
Public Relations 931-484-8402
Development 931-484-8402

In 1963, Crossville, Tennessee was a town you passed through on the way to other places. Located in Cumberland County, the town and surrounding Appalachian region was economically depressed. Resort and recreational development was in its infancy. High unemployment and poverty was normal.

In December of that year, Paul Crabtree's The Perils of Pinocchio was presented at the Crossville Junior High School with a cast, crew and orchestra of 200 youngsters. The performance electrified the community. to a community with no museums, college, university, live performance organizations, one movie theater and an hour-and-a-half drive to the nearest city, the idea was extremely compelling that Pinocchio might be the beginning of new educational horizons for their children.

Civic and cultural leaders asked Crabtree how they could keep things like Pinocchio happening in Crossville. He replied, "Well, you'd have to build a theater. The old junior high auditorium isn't even safe." Remarkably, in a town of 5,000, in a county of 25,000, that's exactly what they did. The entire community got behind the idea of the Playhouse because people believed it could make a vital contribution to education and the local economy and help create some new jobs.

The Cumberland County Playhouse is now the only major non-profit professional performing arts resource in rural Tennessee, and one of the 10 largest professional theaters in rural America. It serves more than 145,000 visitors annually with two indoor and two outdoor states, young audience productions, a comprehensive dance program, a concert series and touring shows. The Cumberland County Playhouse is the only non-profit professional performing arts organization in Tennessee that wholly owns and operates its own major performance facility.

The Playhouse is committed to the arts as an indigenous, homegrown part of rural America - not a commodity imported from urban centers. The Playouse regularly produces new works based upon Tennessee and Southeastern history and culture, plus state and regional premieres and revivals of works with Appalachian themes. The Playhouse also strives to stretch its audiences with programming which includes major elements of opera, dance, and challenging dramatic works. The Playhouse features nearly 500 performances and 1600 classes in theatre, music and dance annually.

The Cumberland County Playhouse provides arts opportunities to a vast region underserved by other arts resources, including rural East and Middle Tennessee, North Georgia, Southern Kentucky, and Northern Alabama, as well as metropolitan Knoxville, Nashville and Chattanooga. In 1984, the Cumberland County Playhouse was the recipient of one of the Governor's Awards in the Arts for the state of Tennessee.

With an annual budget of over $1,800,000, the Playhouse is among Tennessee's most sufficient arts institutions. Since its opening in 1965, 78 - 85% of all revenues have been from earned income, including funding of the construction of the original facility. The Playhouse operates on a balanced budget and has no accumulated deficit. Construction of a 27,000 square foot expansion to the original facility has recently been completed, making the Playhouse a four-theater complex featuring proscenium, black box and outdoor arena spaces.

Combining a resident professional company and a staff of 16 with more than 100 visiting professionals and a large volunteer corps, the Playhouse draws professionals from across the country and volunteers from a dozen Tennessee counties. Over 50% of all revenues are expended for professional artist compensation. The Playhouse has been managed and directed by two generations of the Crabtree family since 1965.

 

Historic Sites and Battlefields

 

Affair at Travisville

September 29th., 1861 marks the date of what has become known as the Affair at Travisville. Until the events of this day transpired, people locally had assured themselves that they were too far off the beaten paths to see any fighting. The event of that particular Sunday, one hundred and forty one years ago, represents the first military action in Tennessee during the Civil War. Only in the past several years has Travisville been acknowledged as the official beginning of the conflict and the struggle for control in Tennessee.

Call 1-888-406-4704 or e-mail info@theborderlands.com for more details.

 

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site honors the life of the 17th President. Andrew Johnson's presidency, 1865-1869, illustrates the United States Constitution at work following President Lincoln's assassination and during attempts to reunify a nation torn by civil war. His presidency shaped the future of the United States and his influences continue today

 

Armstrong-Lockett House & W.P. Toms Memorial Gardens

Historic 1834 house museum furnished wtih fine antiques and art. Extensive American and English silver collection (1610-1830). Terraced three-acre formal garden wtih roses, thousands of blooming flowers and five fountains overlooking the Tennessee River.

 

Arts Center of Cannon County

The award winning Arts Center of Cannon County is a unique model for rural arts organizations. Situated in an underserved rural area in a town of 2,000 and a county of 12,000, The Arts Center annually commands a worldwide audience of 40,000 through its facility and over 100,000 through web sites, publications, and recording projects. Drawing on the blue-collar roots of its community, the organization focuses on self-sufficiency, fiscal responsibility and social entrepreneurship.

 

Battle of Franklin Trust

The Battle of Franklin Trust is dedicated to a better understanding of the five bloodiest hours of the American Civil War. Two historic landmarks witnessed the carnage first hand: The Carter House and Carnton Plantation.

 

Battle of Hartsville Civil War Driving Tour & Memorial Park

Across courthouse, signs direct you to trail that overlooks battlefield. Graves of Civil War soldiers and monument with all names carved.

 

Battle of Nashville Driving Tour at Shys Hill

The Battle of Nashville was one of the final large-scale engagements of the Civil War. Fought on Dec. 15-16, 1864, the Confederacy's last offensive action finished the Army of Tennessee as an effective fighting force. The driving tour includes the main points of the Union defenses of Nashville and the Confederate lines of battle. Brochures are available at the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Historical Commission, Mon.-Fri. and the Nashville Visitors Center, daily. Admission is free.

 

Battle of Nashville Monument

The 1926 statue by Giuseppe Moretti has recently been restored and rededicated on a small tract of the battlefield where the clash of Dec. 15-16, 1864, took place. Nearby, Confederate forces under General Hood reached their furthest advance in their failed attempt to retake Nashville. Somewhat unusual in that it was designed to memorialize both Union and Confederate soldiers, this was also a peace monument to honor the Americans who fought and died in World War I.

 

Battle of Parkers Crossroads

Address and Phone:
I-40 and Highway 22, Exit 108
Parker's Crossroads, TN 38388

Email: smcdan7945@aol.com
Phone: (731) 968-1220
Toll Free Canada: 800-809-9456

The Battle of Parkers Crossroads was fought Dec. 31, 1862. The Parkers Crossroads Battlefield Park offers a self-guided driving tour, two miles of paved walking trails with interpretative signs and battlefield diorama.

 

Battle of Statesville

Address and Phone:
Junction of State Hwy. 267 and U.S. Hwy. 70
Watertown, TN 00000

Phone: (615) 237-0270

Along an old country road (now State Hwy. 267) and the main road leading to Lebanon (U.S. Hwy. 70), the Confederate cavalry of John Hunt Morgan encountered the 101st Indian Infantry and fought a short battle on March 19, 1863.

 

Beech Grove Confederate Cemetery & Park

Address and Phone:
116 Confederate Cemetery Rd.
Beech Grove, TN 37018

Email: owilk@bellsouth.net
Phone: (931) 571-7311

Home of Hoover's Gap Civil War Battlefield. Site brochures and interpretive signs of one of the South's earliest Confederate cemeteries.

 

Beech River Cultural Center & Museum

Address and Phone:
26 S. Broad St.
Lexington, TN 38351

Email: museum@netease.net
Phone: (731) 967-0306

Chronicles the history of Henderson County. Displays pertain to geology, native inhabitants, early settlers and wars. Reconstructed log cabin inside.

 

Belle Meade Plantation

Address and Phone:
5025 Harding Pk.
Nashville, TN 37205

Email: information@bellemeadeplantation.com
Phone: (615) 356-0501
Toll Free: 800-270-3991

Admission Rates:
Adults $11, seniors (65+) $10, youth (6-12) $5, under 6 free. Group rates $9.00

Once one of the largest private estates in Nashville encompassing 5,400 acres and home to five generations of the Harding-Jackson family, Belle Meade Plantation today is a 30-acre historic site 6 miles west of Nashville. Before the Civil War, Belle Meade flourished; today bullets from the Battle of Nashville scar the house, used as Confederate Gen. Chalmers' headquarters.

Known as "Queen of the Tennessee Plantations," Bell Meade was known world-wide for its thoroughbred horses.

Experience frontier life of 1819 through living history demonstrations at the Harding Cabin. Demonstrations available every Friday and Saturday April through October. Guided tour of the 1853 Greek Revival mansion available year round.

Belle Meade Plantation also produce hams and honey. The restaurant on the grounds, Martha's at the Plantation, is open from 11 am to 2 pm daily, closed some holidays. Martha's sets the standard for locally raised seasonal food with a network of farmers and organic suppliers. The Harding Garden, Martha's on-site urban farm organically supplies the restaurant with heirloom tomatoes, purple okra, sweet corn, rainbow chard, herbs, peppers and more. Martha's Restaurant may be reached at 615-353-2828.

 

Belmont Mansion

Address and Phone:
1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37212

Email: belmontmansion@mail.belmont.edu
Phone: (615) 460-5459

Admission Rates:
Adults $8, seniors $7, AAA $6.50, children (6 - 12) $3.

The largest house museum in Tennessee. One of the few 19th-century homes in which the story revolves around a woman.

The 1853 home of Joseph and Adelicia Acklen, it served as headquarters for Union General David Stanley and General Thomas J. Wood. After her husband died, the remarkable Adelicia, one of the richest women in America and a shrewd business woman, secretly did business with both sides to survive.

During the war, the homes served as headquarters for Union Gen. David Stanley and Gen. Thomas J. Wood.

 

Big Black Creek Historical Society

Address and Phone:
P.O. Box 50
Denmark, TN 38391

The Big Black Creek Historical Association (BBCHA) was founded in 2006 with the express purpose to identify, preserve and promote historical sites with the communities of Denmark, Mercer, Leighton and Woodland, all small towns West of Jackson, TN.

The BBCHA meets on the last Thursday of each month at the Mercer Presbyterian Church in Mercer, TN at 7:00 p.m. You don't need to be a member to join them as they preserve the history of these important communities.

 

Bills-McNeal Historic District

Some of Bolivar's oldest and most historically significant homes are found in this district. Structures include the McNeal house and the Pillars.

 

Main Street McMinnville

Address and Phone:
P. O. Box 373
McMinnville, TN 37111

Main Street McMinnville is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to the revitalization and development of downtown McMinnville. Their vision of historic downtown McMinnville is to create a safe, culturally rich and architecturally preserved downtown which is vibrant and eye-appealing, family and community oriented, and commercially viable.

Their mission is to establish a partnership between the public and private sectors dedicated to revitalizing Downtown McMinnville, with emphasis on community livability, economic restructuring and historic preservation.

 

Blountville Cemetery & Battlefield

Address and Phone:
147 County Hill Road
Blountville, TN 37617

Email: zoe@historicsullivan.com
Phone: (423) 323-4116

This is where Union forces stood as they attacked Blountville on September 22, 1863, during a campaign to control the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad.

The railroad running through this section was the chief means of communication, travel and supply for the South. For this reason, the bridges, telegraph lines and tracks had to be protected. Confederate forces possessed the railroad lines for nearly three years of the war, but when Burnside was assigned to the command in East Tennessee, reaching Knoxville, September 3, 1863, he mapped out an aggressive campaign to gain control of the railroad.

In the Battle of Blountville, Confederate forces numbered 1,257 men, while there were double that number on the Federal side. The four-hour siege began at noon when Union Col. John W. Foster attacked and shelled the town, setting fire to the Courthouse, initiating a flanking movement and compelling the Confederate forces to withdraw. Confederate men, women and children retreated through Brown's meadows, resulting in what many felt was a Union victory.

Skirmishing continued until Burnside received news of the bloody battle at Chickamauga, and Union General Henry Halleck ordered a retreat toward Knoxville.


 

 


 

 

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