Agricultural tourism offers bountiful opportunities to see country life, indulge in honest-to-goodness farm freshness and shake hands with our farming culture.
Farms dot Tennessee’s landscape, creating a green quilt from the hills of East Tennessee to the Mississippi Delta of West Tennessee. Rich agritourism experiences await fun-seeking families and all those who love great food and beautiful scenery. Working farms, living history farms, craft communities, farmers markets, festivals, gardens and other examples of rural culture all welcome guests.
Taste the fruits of our winemakers. Indulge in farm-raised meats and produce. Harvest your own sweet berries and fresh vegetables. Pick your own priceless treasure, whether it’s a posy or a pearl.
Heritage and Culture
Agriculture has always been a driving force in Tennessee, a key to its cultural heritage and the state’s No.1 industry. Some family farms have been passed down from generation to generation and became Tennessee Century Farms, owned by the same family for 100 years or more. Get a generous dose of rural culture—and see the greener side of Tennessee—by taking an agritourism vacation.
Learn about innovations of Tennessee farmers in museums and on living history farms. Delight in the art of making milk and ice cream at Mayfield Dairy Farms Visitor Center in Athens. For a close-up interpretation of pioneer and early 20th-century Southern Appalachia, visit Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, on 63 picturesque acres. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum preserves a large number of authentic relics, displays one of the nation’s largest folk art collections, hosts traditional Appalachian music performances and demonstrations of regional craftsmen. Kingsport’s tonic for today’s frenetic life is Exchange Place, a living history farm listed on the National Register of Historic Places, once a community that served as a self-supporting plantation.
Study the farming ways of early Tennesseans at the Agricultural Museum and Tennessee Museum of Early Farm Life. Visit the heart of the state at Williamson County Agriculture Exposition Park with year-round agricultural events.
Browse the field of agriculture at West Tennessee Agricultural Museum. The Cotton Museum of the South in Bells features a 1915 cotton gin. Bells is a rural, antique village with dining, shops, country church, arboretum, log buildings and a one-room schoolhouse. The Tennessee River Folklife Museum is part of Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park in Eva.