When you think of Tennessee, perhaps images of rolling hills, country music, and southern hospitality come to mind. While these are certainly quintessential aspects of the Volunteer State, there’s a rich tapestry of history and culture that goes far beyond the stereotypes. As we celebrate National Tennessee Day, join us on a journey to uncover some intriguing and lesser-known facts about this remarkable state. From iconic snacks and world records to cultural icons and quirky trivia, Tennessee is a treasure trove of surprises. Whether you’re a native Tennessean or a curious traveler, there’s always something new to learn about this enchanting state.
- The first combination candy bar was created in Tennessee: The Goo Goo Cluster.
- Mountain Dew was invented in Knoxville in the 1930s as a new drink to mix with whiskey.
- Machine-made Cotton Candy (fairy floss) was invented in Tennessee by a dentist and a candy maker in 1897.
- The beloved Southern treat, MoonPie, was invented in Chattanooga in 1917; it is a treat as big as the “moon.”
- Maxwell House Coffee was originally named for a luxury hotel in downtown Nashville in 1895. Some say the famous slogan “good to the last drop” was coined in 1907 when President Theodore Roosevelt was served coffee by Maxwell House coffee company and proclaimed it to be “good to the last drop.”
- The tallest underground waterfall in the United States is Ruby Falls, an impressive 145 feet.
- Home to The Lost Sea, the country’s largest underground lake.
- Tennessee is home to the most visited national park in the Country: the Great Smoky Mountains (technically shared with neighboring NC)
- Tennessee has the world’s largest and only Salt and Pepper Collection: 20,000 pairs!
- Home to The Grand Ole Opry, the longest-running live radio program in the world since 1925.
- Tennessee ties Missouri for the state with the most bordered by other states, 8!
- Davy Crockett was born in Tennessee.
- Tennessee has more caves than any other state. There are over 9,200 caves and caverns throughout the state.
- Bristol, not Nashville, recorded some of the earliest country music in America, dating back to 1927.
- Not only is Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, in Memphis, the second-most visited house in the country, but Elvis also recorded his first hit, “That’s All Right,” at Sun Studio in Memphis.
- Knoxville, Tennessee, hosted the 1982 World’s Fair.
- Nashville has its very own Batman Building. Technically, it is the AT&T building, but it has been nicknamed Batman Building. At 617 feet tall, the building is the tallest skyscraper in Tennessee.
- Morgan Freeman, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, and Justin Timberlake are among famous celebrities born in Tennessee.
- Piggle Wiggle, America’s first true self-service grocery store, was founded in Memphis in 1916.
- Milk is the official state beverage. Reports state Tennessee milk production was 508 million pounds in 2021.
Tennessee’s rich history, natural beauty, and cultural contributions make it a state worth exploring and cherishing for generations to come. From its sweet contributions to the world of candy to its towering underground waterfalls and iconic musical heritage, the Volunteer State’s charm knows no bounds.
So, on National Tennessee Day, let’s celebrate this remarkable place, from legendary figures like Davy Crockett to modern-day stars like Justin Timberlake. Tennessee’s unique blend of history, nature, and entertainment is an invitation to uncover its hidden gems and appreciate the treasures it offers.
See for yourself why The Grove remains an integral part of this vibrant state. Plan your tour today! Call (615) 492-3235 to speak with a member of The Grove Realty team and experience the beauty and charm of Tennessee for yourself.