Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council

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Heritage Links of Local Interest

The Smith-Trahern Mansion

The Smith Trahern Mansion was built in 1858 by wealthy tobacconist Christopher Smith, this masterpiece overlooks the Cumberland River. Constructed during the troubled Pre-Civil War era, the home reflects the transition between Greek Revival and Italianate styles, which were so popular at that time. The home boasts grand hallways, an exquisite curved staircase, and a "widow's walk" on the roof. In March 1988, that Mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Emerald Hill Mansion

The Emerald Hill Mansion began as a farmhouse in the 1820s and has undergone two major renovations in 1900 and 1909. The mansion contains many of its original furnishings, and serves as the home for the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald-Hill--Alumni Relations and Development Offices of Austin Peay State University.

 

 

Customs House Museum and Cultural Center

Click here for a history of the 1898 Federal Building The 1898 portion of the Museum was originally designed for use as a Federal Post Office and Custom House to handle the large volume of foreign mail created by the city's international tobacco business. Designed by Federal Treasury Supervising Architect William Martin Aiken in the eclectic style popular with Victorian America, the building showcases many architectural styles including Stick, Queen Anne, Italianate, Romanesque, Flemish, and Gothic. 

The 1898 portion of the Museum was originally designed for use as a Federal Post Office and Custom House to handle the large volume of foreign mail created by the city's international tobacco business. Designed by Federal Treasury Supervising Architect William Martin Aiken in the eclectic style popular with Victorian America, the building showcases many architectural styles including Stick, Queen Anne, Italianate, Romanesque, Flemish, and Gothic. 

Clarksville Civil War Round Table

Ruggles Battery by martraco
This group of local citizens interested in Civil War history usually meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at Borders Books on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard. Visitors are welcome.

 

 

Montgomery County Historical Society


The Montgomery County Historical Society usually meets on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the L&N Rail Road Station, 10th & Commerce streets, Clarksville, Tennessee.  Programs feature people and events of historical interest to the community.  Visitors are welcome.

 

Historic Collinsville

Front Porch Historic Collinsville is a living history museum featuring authentically restored log houses and outbuildings dating from 1830 to 1870. The settlement takes visitors from the earliest "first home" to the expansive big house on the hill with separate kitchen, living and sleeping areas. Each home and outbuilding has been painstakingly restored to its original condition and furnished authentically. It is located near the Southside Community off of  Shelton Ferry Road.

Mount Olive Cemetery Historical Preservation Society

The Mt. Olive Cemetery Historical Preservation Society emphasizes the influence and contributions of African-Americans regarding the history, education, development, growth, and culture of the Clarksville, Tennessee, area.  It encourages the discovering and preserving of existing records, artifacts, and properties that represent that history of achievement and contribution.

Friends of Fort Defiance

fort_defiance-006.jpgFort Defiance, later named Fort Bruce, is a Civil War fort that sits on a 200-foot high buff above the Cumberland River. A gun platform facing north overlooked the river, one gun platform faced west and another bomb-proof gun platform faced south. The main gate of the fort opened to the east. When Fort Defiance fell to Union troops, the ironclad U.S.S. Cairo and the Conestoga were on the Cumberland near Clarksville. Fort Defiance is located at 120 A Street, Clarksville, Tennessee. An interpretive visitor’s center is planned for the fort.

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Heritage Links of Regional or National Interest

Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Upper River BatteryUnconditional surrender of Fort Donelson, about 50 miles from Clarksville, created jubilation throughout the North and silence in Dixie. It was the North’s first major victory of the Civil War, opening the way into the very heart of the Confederacy. This federal victory earned Gen. U. S.  Grant his nickname, “Unconditional Surrender Grant.”

The Civil War Preservation Trust

Silent Sentinals - Kennesaw Mountain by Civil War Preservation TrustThe Civil War Preservation Trust is America's largest non-profit organization (501-C3) devoted to the preservation of our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields. The Trust also promotes educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives to inform the public of the war’s history and the fundamental conflicts that sparked it. 

 

Daughters of the American Revolution

The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.

 

 Sons of the American Revolution

SAR commemorates and provides memorials for the people and events of the American Revolution and helps preserve records relating to the events leading up to and during the American Revolution. The National SAR was a major force behind the construction of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and the collection of historic documents there.

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