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Panoramic views of the mighty Cumberland River and its tree covered bluffs. The nostalgic aroma of smoking tobacco barns along winding country roads. A re-emerging historic architectural district scattered with shops, restaurants, and entertainment. All in Clarksville…Tennessee’s fifth largest city. While you’re visiting we invite you to explore every aspect of our fair city. Peek inside our antique shops, meander through our galleries and museums, stroll along through our walking trails. Do whatever you want, it’s your vacation!

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Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay State University is located on an urban campus that for over 180 years has been used for educational purposes.
The University has been formerly known as:
Rural Academy (1806-1810), Mt. Pleasant Academy (1811-1824), Clarksville Academy (1825-1848), Masonic College (1849-1850), Montgomery County Masonic College (1851-1854), Stewart College (1855-1874), Southwestern Presbyterian University (1875-1925), Austin Peay Normal School/State College/State University (1927-present)

The University is named after Governor Austin Peay, a former Clarksville citizen. Many of the buildings on campus are also named after former Tennessee governors or political figures.  Noteworthy buildings include the Browning Building, built in 1954. This building, with its prominent clock tower, was desgined after Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA.

Archwood, an example of Italianate Revival architecture, is now a private residence and home to the University President. Emerald Hill, the Alumni Center office, was originally the home of Gustavus A. Henryone of Tennessee’s Confederate Senators. The house and grounds overlook the Cumberland and Red Rivers.

601 College Street
Clarksville, TN 37040

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931-221-7011

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Beachaven Vineyards and Winery

Visit Beachaven Winery and enjoy free tours and tastings at one of Tennessee’s foremost commercial wineries. Known for producing award-winning wines and champagnes, Beachaven provides a glimpse into the centuries-old art of wine making. A picturesque Tudor-style building, on-site vineyards, distinctive gift items, and a shaded picnic area make Beachaven a delightful and memorable destination. Check the Calendar of Events for Beachaven’s concert series, Jazz on the Lawn.

Open Monday - Saturday from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

No admission is charged for the tours or wine tastings.  Must be 21 years or older with a valid photo ID.

1100 Dunlop Lane
Clarksville, TN 37040

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(931) 645-8867

Bursting with Pride Mural

This 10,000 square foot mural is painted on the side of building on Franklin Street. Entitled “Bursting with Pride” the piece depicts various Clarksville landmarks.  It was painted in 2000 by artist Ricky Deel. The mural is listed on both the walk and drive tour brochures.

100 Franklin Street
Clarksville, TN 37040

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Civil War Trail

The Civil War left a huge imprint on Clarksville’s history and heritage.  Several famed Civil War battlefields and points of interest are located here.  As part of the plans for commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial, Clarksville has become part of the Civil War Trails (more information can be found at www.civilwartraveler.com).  The current markers can be found here (view map).  Additional markers are still in the works, so continue to check back often.  Click here to follow the entire Tennessee Civil War Trail.

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Clarksville Greenways

The Clarksville “Rails to Trails” project is a tremendous undertaking.  Old railroad lines are converted into “Greenways” (more information on Greenways can be found here: www.tenngreen.org.

The Clarksville Greenway Project has its first 3.1 mile stretch located just off Peachers Mill Road.  This is a great place for families or individuals to stroll, jog or meander through some beautiful Tennessee country.  Pets are welcome but please keep them on a leash and clean up after them.

1100 Pollard Road
Clarksville, TN 37042

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Clarksville Speedway

The Clarksville Speedway has an 1/8 Mile Drag Race for bracket racing on Friday nights. There is a 1/4 mile high bank oval track for late model, openwheel, mini sprint, pro-street, street stock and mini-mode cars.  There is a fenced area for children.  Birthday party packages are available. Open Friday and Saturday nights 7:30 p.m. until midnight from February - October.  Admission is charged.

1600 Needmore Road
Clarksville, Tennessee 37042

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(931) 645-2523

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Cumberland RiverCenter

A permanent exhibit housed at the Cumberland RiverWalk, the RiverCenter features a 12-panel chronological history of the Cumberland River and its significance to the development of Clarksville as one of America’s great Southern river towns.

Open daily from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Admission is free.

McGregor Park, Riverside Drive
Clarksville, Tennessee 37041

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931-645-7476

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Cumberland RiverWalk

Stroll the meandering Cumberland RiverWalk, the city’s signature riverfront promenade. The internationally acclaimed RiverWalk is the centerpiece of the River Distict and includes an amphitheater, overlook plazas, a playground, picnic facilities, wharf, boat ramp, pedestrian overpass, and performance stages. In the summer enjoy concerts in the park.  The fall brings one of the city’s oldest river festivals to the RiverWalk with music, food and river sports.  Admission is free and open to the public.  The park is open dawn to dusk.

McGregor Park, Riverside Drive
Clarksville, Tennessee 37040

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931-645-7476

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Customs House Museum and Cultural Center

Built in 1898 the building originally housed a US Post Office and Customs House for the flourishing tobacco trade. This architecturally fascinating structure was designed by architect William Aicken, who was commissioned by President Grover Cleveland. It consists of Italianate ornamentation, a Far East influenced roof, Romanesque arches and Gothic copper eagles perched at four corners.  The museum is among the most photographed buildings in Tennessee. As the state’s second largest general interest museum, the Museum features rotating shows, fine art galleries and a sculpture garden, along with permanent exhibits. The Explorer’s Floor is a special area for the entire family to solve puzzles and play games.

Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00am - 5:00pm, Sundays from 1:00pm - 5:00pm.

Admission charged.  Free admission second Saturday of every month.

200 S. Second Street
Clarksville, Tennessee 37040

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(931) 648-5780

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Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum

The Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum, located within Ft. Campbell, traces the history of the Screaming Eagles from World War II engagements to today’s War on Terror. Displays and memorabilia for the 5th Special Forces Group and the 160th Special Operations are also on hand. Just outside the museum, various aircraft, military equipment, and monuments are on display.
Civilians should enter through Gate 4 and provide proof of Insurance, auto registration and valid photo identification to obtain a visitor’s pass.

Open Monday - Saturday from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.  Closed Sundays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Admission is free.

Corner of Normandy and Tennessee Streets, Bldg. 5702
Fort Campbell, Kentucky 42223

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270-798-3215

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Dunbar Cave State Natural Area

This 110-acre park is one of Clarksville’s most scenic areas. The cave and surrounding area were a mineral springs resort at the turn of the 20th century.  In the 1930’s and 1940’s, the huge cave entrance served as a naturally air-conditioned venue (is it always 53 degrees) to Big Band performances.  Later, country music legend Roy Acuff owned and operated the cave, hosting some of Nashville’s biggest names.

The cave is closed to visitors at this time.  Picnic areas and hiking trails are available year round.

Open daily 8:00 am until sunset.  The Visitor’s Center is open 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Admission for the park is free.

The Friends of Dunbar Cave offer plays and entertainment throughout the year. Check the calendar of events to learn more.

401 Old Dunbar Cave Road
Clarksville, Tennessee 37043

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(931) 648-5526

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Emerald Hill Mansion

High on a hill overlooking the confluence of the Red and Cumberland rivers stands Emerald Hill—the home of Austin Peay State University’s National Alumni Association. Listed in the National Register of Historic Sites, the history of the antebellum mansion is as rich as the traditions of the University. The refurbished Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill is a must-see for all Austin Peay graduates.  Visitors are always welcome; call to arrange a special tour where you will feel as if you “stepped back in time”.

Open to visitors Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free.

For more information on the history of Emerald Hill Mansion visit APSU Emerald Hill 

751 N. 2nd Street
Clarksville, Tennessee 37040

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(931) 221-7979

First Presbyterian Church

The church was organized by 14 members in 1822.  The cornerstone for the building was laid in 1876. It features Gothic Revival style of brick and limestone, including to asymmetrical spires. Also, note the large rose window above the main doorway and the smaller windows at the base of the spires. This building remained untouched during the 1999 tornado. President Woodrow Wilson attended his brother’s wedding at this church. President Wilson’s parents resided in Clarksville, where his father was professor at the Southwestern Presbyterian University (now Austin Peay State University).

313 Main Street
Clarksville, TN 37040

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931-645-6551

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Fort Defiance Interpretive Center

Fort Defiance is a well-preserved Civil War earthwork outpost used by the Confederate Army. Overlooking both the Cumberland and Red Rivers, Fort Defiance was surrendered without a shot by the Confederates following the fall of Fort Donelson. A new interactive Interpretive Center highlights Clarksville’s significant Civil War history.

Open Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm. Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm (Spring/Summer).

Open Monday - Saturday 11:00am - 4:00pm. Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm (Fall/Winter).

Admission is free.

Call 931-472-3351.

120 Duncan Street
Clarksville, TN 37040

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(931) 472-3351

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Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Beautifully preserved fields where the North’s first major victory of the Civil War was fought. Approximately 750 lives were lost on these historic grounds. Just a 40 minute drive from downtown Clarksville. Fort Donelson visitor center is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  Admission is free.

120 National Park Road
Dover, Tennessee 37058

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(931) 232-5706

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Historic Collinsville

Historic Collinsville is a living-history museum featuring 15 restored log homes and outbuildings and is situated on 40 rolling acres in rural Montgomery County.  Picnic areas and walking trails are available. Structures date from 1830 to 1870 and include authentic furnishings.

Open May 15 - October 15 every Thursday - Sunday from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  Other times and dates can be scheduled by appointment.

Admission is charged.

4711 Weakley Road
Southside, TN 37171

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(931) 648-9141

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Historic Downtown Walking & Driving Tours

See the best of historic downtown Clarksville in the 2.2-mile, self-guided walking tour. Among the tour’s 34 stops are “Bursting with Pride” a mural display of Clarksville’s historic architecture. The 17-mile driving tour showcases 52 historically significant sites. Brochure maps are available at the Customs House Museum, Cumberland RiverCenter, and I-24 Visitor Center. Download the brochure from our brochure page.

(931) 647-2331

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L & N Train Station

Built in 1890, the L & N Train Station was the scene for the Monkees’ hit, “Last Train to Clarksville.” This was once one of the busiest locations in Clarksville, with soldiers and civilians departing and arriving daily. The station now houses the Montgomery County Historical Society. It is also home to a seasonal farmers’ market during the summer months.

Tours are offered Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Call ahead for a reservation.

Admission charged.

Commerce & 10th Street
Clarksville, Tennessee 37040

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(931) 553-2486

Leaf Chronicle Building

The oldest continuously running newspaper in Tennessee, the Leaf Chronicle has been printed under several different names. It began publication in 1808 and its current name reflects the area’s involvement in the tobacco trade.  The current building was built in 1999 following the complete destruction of an identical structure in the 1999 tornado. Inside the building several photos detail the destruction of the tornado.  Even though the building was destroyed the newspaper never missed a day of print. Across the street from the building a statue of a man reading a newspaper commemorates the event.

200 Commerce Street Clarksville, TN, 37040

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Mabel Larson Fine Arts Gallery

Mabel Larson Fine Arts Gallery is housed in Harned Hall on the campus of Austin Peay State University.  The exhibition is selected art from the University’s permanent art collection.

Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. year round

Admission is free.

Austin Peay State University
601 College Street
Clarksville, Tennessee 37040
Harned Hall - located in the heart of the college campus

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(931) 221-7333

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Millennium Plaza & Public Art

The Montgomery County Courthouse and Courts Complex feature photographic displays illustrating Montgomery County’s fascinating history and heritage.

Admission is free.

The Courthouse is open Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

The public art throughout downtown includes the bronze fountain at Millennium Plaza and two bronze statues located at 1st and Franklin Streets and 2nd and Commerce Streets. There is a mural depicting Clarksville architecture on Franklin Street as well.

1 Millennium Plaza (2nd & Commerce)
Clarksville, Tennessee 37040

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931-648-5787

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Montgomery County Courthouse

The original courthouse structure was erected on this site in 1878 after a fire destroyed the county’s third courthouse, then located on Franklin Street. On March 12, 1900 another fire inflicted extensive damage to the building. However, the building’s exterior was preserved and the structure repaired. Catastrophe struck the courthouse again when the tornado on January 22, 1999 zeroed in on the building. The extensive damaged which resulted was compared to a “bombed out” relic from WWII. The county government resolved to once again restore the grandeur of the landmark. Reopened on January 22, 2003 the new courthouse and courts complex are a mix of traditional and modern.  The historic courthouse is an exact replica of the previous structure.  The new courts complex right beside the courthouse features state-of-the-art technology.  A time capsule and photographs documenting Montgomery County history can be found inside. Sculptures and a water feature surround the two buildings.

1 Millennium Plaza
Clarksville, TN 37040

931-648-5787

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Poston Building

The Poston Building, built in 1842 by John Poston, is a group of three buildings under one roof. The building is one of several in the downtown area where advertising from the 1870s designed for river traffic is still visible.

Admission is free.

Public Square at Main Street
Clarksville, TN 37040

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Public Square/Eternal Flame

This charming collection of buildings serves as Clarksville’s official public square. The facade of the old City Hall building was constructed in 1914, although the building itself is much older. Proudly displayed in the median in 2004 is an Eternal Flame, honoring the sacrifices of soldiers and their families for our freedom as well as several other tributes to our armed forces.

Admission is free.

Between Franklin and Main Streets - Downtown Clarksville

Google Map & Directions

931-645-7444

Riverview Cemetary

Early settler, Valentine Sevier was buried on this family property in 1800. Many pioneer and 19th century citizens, including Revolutionary War soldier Robert Nelson are interred here as well. One plot contains the remains of 125 confederate soldiers. It became a public cemetary when purchased by the city in 1805.

635 North Spring Street
Clarksville, TN 37040

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Roxy Regional Theatre

Roxy Regional Theatre, Clarksville’s oldest professional theatre, offers patrons a combination of professional company shows (performed by actors from throughout the country) and community offerings. Housed in a 1947 modern art theatre, the Roxy produces ten main stage events annually. The Roxy’s “Other Space” produces four new scripts a year in its forty-seat black-box theatre.

Box Office open Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ticket prices vary.

100 Franklin Street
Clarksville, TN 37040

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(931) 645-7699

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Smith Trahern Mansion

The Smith Trahern Mansion was built in 1858 by wealthy tobacconist Christopher Smith and overlooks the Cumberland River. This antebellum home reflects the transition between Greek Revival and Italianate styles, which were so popular at that time. The home boasts grand hallways, an exquisite curved staircase, and a “widow’s walk” on the roof. In March 1988, that Mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the winter, the home is the site of Clarksville’s “Trees of Christmas”.  Over 20 large Christmas trees are theme-decorated throughout the home.

Open Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. Call ahead for a tour reservation.

Admission charged.

101 McClure Street
Clarksville, TN 37041

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(931) 648-9998

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Wilma Rudolph Statue

To honor one of America’s most outstanding Olympic athletes and her legacy, a bronze statue of Wilma Rudolph was hand-crafted in her likeness by local sculptor Howard Brown.  Wilma Rudolph was a three-time gold medalist and a Clarksville native.  The statue is located in front of the new Wilma Rudolph Event Center at Liberty Park.

Admission is free.

1190 Cumberland Drive
Clarksville, Tennessee 37040

931-645-7476