All About Our State: Tennessee

by Jennifer Lin

Random But Fun Facts

  • Tennessee became a state in 1796. The name originated from the old Yuchi Indian word, "Tana-see", which means "The Meeting Place".
  • Nashville is the capitol of Tennessee. Hundreds of thousands of country music fans visit the Grand Ole Opry there every year. However...Bristol, not Nashville, is known as the Birthplace of Country Music.
  • We won our nickname as The Volunteer State during the War of 1812, when volunteer soldiers from Tennessee showed courage in the Battle of New Orleans.
  • There are more horses per capita in Shelby County than any other county in the US.
  • Tennessee has more than 3,800 documented caves.
  • Elvis Presley's home, Graceland, is located in Memphis. It is the second most visited house in the country!
  • Knoxville was home to the 1982 World's Fair, attended by over 11 million visitors!
  • You can visit a replica of the Parthenon in Nashville.
  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to about 1,500 black bears. The Great Smoky Mountains are among the oldest mountains in the world!

From Tennessee Fast Facts and Trivia (

A fun song to help you learn state capitols...guess which state is mentioned first!?!

Tour the States - Official Music Video

About Jennifer

I am a graduate student in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. This is my 4th semester in the program and I am loving my decision to “go back to school” after years as a Technical Writer/Editor, Wife, and Mom. I have always dreamed of being a librarian, but there was never the money, the time, and the courage. In the summer of 2012 (after an inspirational trip to Washington, D.C.), I finally tossed caution in the wind and leaped, and it’s been a GREAT ride ever since. I am on the School Media Specialist track so I will be looking into lots of children and young adult resources!