Tennessee Facts
Tennessee Facts

25 Tennessee Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Karin Lehnardt
By Karin Lehnardt, Senior Writer
Published January 2, 2024
  • Tennessee provided more soldiers during the War of 1812 than any other state, which led to its nickname, "The Volunteer State."[3]
  • Tennessee is bordered by 8 states, more than any other state besides Missouri.[3]
  • Tennessee was most likely named after the Tennessee River, which is from the name of the Cherokee village "Tanasie."[3]
  • Interesting Tennessee Fact and Mountain Dew
    Mountain Dew was slang for "moonshine"
  • Barney and Ally Hartman invented Mountain Dew in the 1940s in Tennessee. The name is Scots-Irish slang for moonshine.[2]
  • Tennessean Hattie Caraway was the first woman to be elected as a full-term U.S. senator, representing Arkansas from 1931 to 1945.[3]
  • Tennessee's Grand Ole Opry is the world's oldest radio show.[3]
  • Dentist William Morrison and candymaker John Wharton invented cotton candy in Tennessee in the early 1900s.[3]
  • Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States.[3]
  • Tennessee has 10 state songs, the most of any state.[3]
  • Famous Tennesseans include Dolly Parton, Morgan Freeman, Justin Timberlake, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Quentin Tarantino, Kathy Bates, Miley Cyrus, Davy Crockett, and Lisa Marie Presley.[1]
  • Reelfoot Lake is Tennessee's only large natural lake; the rest are man-made. A series of earthquakes in the 1800s created the lake.[4]
  • Tennessee inventions include Bush's Baked Beans, Moon Pies, Two Trucks, the Manhattan Project, and cotton candy.[3]
  • Tennessee was the last state to secede from the Union during the Civil War and the first state readmitted.[3]
  • Tennessee Civil War Fact
    Only Virginia saw more fighting than Tennessee during the Civil War

  • Over 1,000 songs mention Memphis, Tennessee.[3]
  • The Tennessee flag is bright red with a circle in the center with three stars.  The three stars represent the three distinct land regions of the state.[6]
  • The carnivorous pitcher plant is one of Tennessee's most endangered plants. The plant dissolves any insect that crawls into its green leaves and then absorbs them for nutrition.[7]
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park has the worst air pollution of any national park in the country.[7]
  • A Native American named Sequoyah, who was born in Tennessee, developed the first alphabet for the Cherokee Nation in the 1810s and 1820s.[3]
  • Davy Crocket Facts
  • As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Davy Crockett was the only member of the Tennessee delegation to vote against Andrew Jackson's 1830 Indian Removal Act.[3]
  • Tennessee is about the size of Cuba.[7]
  • People from Tennessee are called Tennesseans, Volunteers, or Big Benders.[7]
  • One of Nashville's most iconic buildings is an AT&T building that looks like a bat. Nicknamed "Bat Building" or the "Bat Tower," it has been a part of the Nashville skyline for 30 years.[5]
  • Bristol, Tennessee, is known as the "Birthplace of Country Music."[7]
  • Tennessee was originally part of North Carolina.[3]
  • Nashville, Tennessee, is the birthplace of "hot chicken," which is chicken fried with hot sauce, cayenne, and a spicy sauce and served with white bread and pickles.[6]
  • Amazing Tennessee Facts INFOGRAPHIC
    Fun Tennessee Infographic

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