History is in Session!

In the 1920s, the hills of Northeast Tennessee were alive with the sound of country music. And when Ralph Peer headed to Bristol in 1927 to record authentic “hillbilly” artists, the future of this genre was changed for good.   Of course, country music had been recorded commercially for years, but the best artists in… Read more »

Barter Theatre

It’s Not Just Theatre…It’s Barter! With a rich history spanning eight decades, Barter Theatre still draws patrons from around the globe every day to Abingdon to enjoy the magic of live entertainment. Barter, the State Theatre of Virginia, helps visitors make memories through its talented cast of resident actors in shows ranging from comedies to… Read more »

All Aboard!

Scott County celebrates its bi-centennial by providing a chance to win tickets for the ride of a lifetime – a pair of seats on the regionally-famous exclusive Santa Train   IN 1943, Flem Dobyns of Dobyns-Taylor Hardware Store and Bill Waddell of the Kingsport Times-News wanted to do something special for their neighbors and patrons around… Read more »

Ripley’s Star-Studded Summer

It’s tough to find a more family-friendly destination than Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. With penguins, stingrays, overnight summer camps and the return of the Live Mermaids, your kids will be the envy of every “What I Did Over My Summer Vacation” presentation on the first day of school this fall.   From the Tropical… Read more »

Historical Hale Springs Inn

These days, Mother’s Day is celebrated with macaroni necklaces, handpicked flowers, homemade cards and—if Mom is lucky—something sparkly and the day off from doing the laundry. It’s a time to show gratitude to the maternal figures in your life.   Throughout the world and over thousands of years, there have been many celebrations of motherhood…. Read more »

Sycamore Shoals of the Watauga

We often refer to Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area as the place where “Our Heritage Comes to Life,” and that it does!  With thanks to a great staff and a host of volunteers who love to share our remarkable history, we are able to meet our goal of presenting educational family programs throughout the year. … Read more »

Birthplace of Country Music

“The Bristol Sessions is the single most important event in the history of country music.” – Johnny Cash          The Bristol Sessions, recorded on State Street in 1927 and 1928, are recognized internationally as the “Big Bang” of country music.   The Birthplace of Country Music®, a non-profit organization formed to celebrate and… Read more »

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center (NPAC) is a regional performing arts center located in historic downtown Greeneville, TN, adjacent to Greeneville High School. Since opening in December 2004, NPAC has hosted hundreds of concerts and events in a modern venue with over 1100 seats. During the past year NPAC has increasingly become recognized nationally as… Read more »

Roan Mountain State Historic Park

Roan Mountain State Park is nestled against the base of the majestic 6,285-foot Roan Mountain, one of the highest peaks of the Southern Appalachians.  This special Tennessee state park encompasses 2,006 acres dominated by rich hardwood forest along rugged ridges.  The cool, clear Doe River winds its way through the center of the park, and… Read more »