History & Culture
Wilson County was established October 26, 1799. The county is named for Major David Wilson, a Revolutionary War hero. In 1802, a commission of five men decided the county seat should be built by an unnamed creek near virgin cedar trees. They decided to name the city Lebanon, after the biblical land of cedars.
Book A Group Tour:
To book your group for a Wilson County History Tour contact contact Terri Merryman or call 1-800-789-1327.
Go Back In Time with Historian Martin Frost
If you were bored in history class and didn't understand how you would use any of that knowledge in your future life - take a magical history tour of Wilson County with Martin Frost and suddenly, you'll "get it." Frost, a Civil War Re-enactment enthusiast and Wilson County history tour guide, weaves the story of the area's confederate counter-attack as if he had been watching from a safe distance, decked out in his confederate uniform... Learn More
Wilson County History
Wilson County was established October 26, 1799. The county is named for Major David Wilson, a Revolutionary War hero. In 1802, a commission of five men decided the county seat should be built by an unnamed creek near virgin cedar trees. They decided to name the city Lebanon, after the biblical land of cedars.Read more ...
Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways
If Tennessee's big cities take center stage on your vacation, consider this trail guide your backstage pass to the backroads that will help you discover what lies off the beaten path.
Promised Land Trail
Discover the fertile land that beckoned Tennessee's first settlers from Northeast Tennessee, over the Cumberland Plateau, into Nashville and beyond. Along the first road into Tennessee, the Avery Trace, as well as the historic Walton Road that ran parallel to Highway 70, many believed they would reach a "promised land" at the end of the journey, as many were seeking lands they were granted from service to the new country.Read more ...
TN Civil War Trails
A great way to learn more about our history is to explore the Tennessee Civil War Trails! This historic marker program identifies and interprets both the great campaigns as well as the lesser-known Civil War places. The Trail includes interpretive markers and an online statewide driving tour, and links Tennessee's sites to Trails programs in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina.
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Visit the original home of “Sandy” Tennessee’s official state artifact. Sandy was carved from siltstone by a Native American artist between approximately 1250 and 1350 AD during the Mississippian period of the state’s prehistory. Venture out on your own or call ahead for a guided tour. (615) 885-2422 Poplar Hill Road, Watertown, TN.
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