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Forging a Nation (1760 to 1860)

Forging a Nation (1760 to 1860)

Presented by Tennessee State Museum at Tennessee State Museum

The period from 1760 to 1860 was a time of almost unimaginable change. Through artifacts, film, and images, discover how settlers moved into the land that became the 16th state, and how Southeastern Indians resisted. Exhibits highlight the challenges and achievements of everyday Tennessee women and men, free and enslaved, who built communities across the Three Grand Divisions. This gallery also features artifacts that explore the lives of Tennessee leaders who shaped the future of the young United States, such as Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, David Crockett, and Sam Houston.

Artifact highlights include a complete print-shop and cutaway log cabin that provide a glimpse into the lives of early settlers. A rare 13-star United States flag is displayed with an exhibit on the role of Tennesseans in the Revolutionary War. War of 1812 artifacts include an American light artillery uniform coat, a sword that belonged to John Coffee who served as one of General Andrew Jackson’s commanders, and a mold used by enslaved workers at a Dickson County iron furnace to make cannonballs for General Jackson’s army. The hat that Jackson wore at his 1829 presidential inauguration, a guitar that belonged to Houston’s wife, Eliza, and a snuffbox given to Crockett by Henry Clay are just a few examples of other significant artifacts.

Source: Tennessee State Museum

Admission Info

Free Admission

Phone: (615) 741-2692

Dates & Times

2019/12/24 - 2020/12/31

  • Oct 20, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Oct 21, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Oct 22, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Oct 23, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Oct 24, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Oct 25, 2020 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Oct 27, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Oct 28, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Oct 29, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Oct 30, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Oct 31, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 1, 2020 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 3, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Nov 4, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Nov 5, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Nov 6, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Nov 7, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 8, 2020 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 10, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Nov 11, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Nov 12, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Nov 13, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Nov 14, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 15, 2020 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 17, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Nov 18, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Nov 19, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Nov 20, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Nov 21, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 22, 2020 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 24, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Nov 25, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Nov 26, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Nov 27, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Nov 28, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 29, 2020 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Dec 1, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 2, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 3, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 4, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 5, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 6, 2020 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Dec 8, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 9, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 10, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 11, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 12, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 13, 2020 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Dec 15, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 16, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 17, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 18, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 19, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 20, 2020 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Dec 22, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 23, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 24, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 25, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 26, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 27, 2020 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Dec 29, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 30, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 31, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)

Additional time info:

Closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter.

Location Info

Tennessee State Museum

1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37208

Accessibility Info
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