Updated Civil War Trails map guide now available

Updated Civil War Trails map guide now available

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 9:59 am

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development announces updated Tennessee Civil War Trails map-guides are now available. The map-guide identifies nearly 200 Civil War sites throughout Tennessee on this self-guided tour of the trails.

“More than 500,000 copies of the original mapguide were distributed to the traveling public in little more than six months,” said Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker, who serves as co-chair of the Sesquicentennial Commission. “The popularity of this brochure is a strong indicator of the high interest tourists are showing in Tennessee’s important Civil War History. The mapguide is a great resource for Civil War enthusiasts as well as travelers with a general interest in exploring Civil War history, especially during the 150th commemoration.”

The map-guide journeys through the statewide Tennessee Civil War National Heritage area, which is highlighted by approximately 200 trail markers. Each site can be explored at one’s own pace, and many offer other historical and recreational opportunities.  The Tennessee Civil War Trails program is part of a five-state trails system that encourages the exploration of both well-known and less-familiar sites associated with the Civil War. Together, more than 1,000 places tell the stories of civilians and soldiers during the war in Tennessee, as well as Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. Knowledge of the trails in Tennessee reaches 2.5 million through cross-promotion with the other four states. 

 The Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The five-year commemoration of the war, beginning this year and lasting until 2015, will highlight events and stories of the Civil War. For more information, please visit tncivilwar150.com. 

The map-guides are available at all 14 Tennessee Welcome Centers and at each of the Civil War Trails communities. Visitors can request the map-guides via civilwartraveler.com, tncivilwar150.com or by calling (615) 532-7520. 

wcp 1/20/11

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