Frontier

Spanish conquistadors were the first Europeans to reach Tennessee, followed by the French and English explorers, and then by the first white settlers. Armor and weapons from the Europeans highlight this era.

A frontier cabin, 200-year-old dugout canoe, a grist mill, and a Conestoga wagon all give testimony to life on the frontier. Handmade furniture, a woodworking shop, and a working printing press show the skill of early Tennessee craftspeople.

Other artifacts of note include:
  • Original die of the seal of Davidson County used at Nashborough in 1783;
  • Portrait painting of John Sevier by Charles Willson Peale

Return to Permanent Exhibits

The State Museum is currently CLOSED at this location and scheduled to open at a NEW location in October 2018
Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

The Tennessee Military Branch Museum is open for visitors.
Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
301 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37243
FREE ADMISSION
 

 

 

 

 
 
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The State Museum is currently CLOSED at this location and scheduled to open at a NEW location in October 2018
Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

The Tennessee Military Branch Museum is open for visitors.
Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
301 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37243
FREE ADMISSION
 

 

 

 

 
 
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