married three times and was famous for
her beauty and independence,” said Carol
Norfleet, executive vice president of Destination Nashville, a DMC. “You can do a really
beautiful event there in combination with a
tour of the mansion.”
Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Chattanooga
Named for the legendary “Empress of the Blues,” who was born in
Chattanooga in 1892, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center focuses on the
contributions black citizens made to the development of Chattanooga. Exhibits chronicle local events during the Civil Rights era
and showcase the lives of Smith and others who hailed from the city,
including Willie Mays and Samuel L. Jackson.
The cultural center and its extensive grounds offer numerous
spaces for events, including the Bessie Smith Performance Hall,
which seats up to 240 people and offers a catering kitchen. Groups
of up to 1,000 can enjoy receptions on the Museum Terrace and
adjoining lawn, while the Vilma Fields Atrium hosts receptions for
up to 175 guests and the Big Nine Board Room seats up to 20.
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, Townsend
The cultural history of east Tennessee is the focus of this museum
and historic building complex located near an entrance to Great
Smoky Mountains National Park. In the main gallery are exhibits
devoted to Native Americans, mountain pioneers and artwork from
the Tennessee Artists Association. The Historic Village is home
to 13 buildings furnished according to the
period in which they were built, among them
cantilevered barns, a log cabin, smokehouse,
wheelwright shop and others.
Groups can hold events in an authentic log
cabin or engage in teambuilding exercises in out-
door areas such as the new Native American games
field. The heritage center can also host workshops, semi-
nars and conferences in rooms with mountain views.
Discovery Park of America, Union City
American history, along with science and technology, is the focus of
this 50-acre park developed and conceived by businessman Robert
Kirkland and located in the northwestern corner of the state. Its Discovery Center offers dinosaur skeletons, a 20,000-gallon aquarium,
earthquake simulator, interactive spaceship and planetarium. The
grounds contain historic log structures, a barn with antique tractors,
a depot with vintage trains, gardens, a late-19th century church and
a town square with a replica of the Liberty Bell.
The Discovery Center hosts receptions for up to 500 people,
while a tower room with panoramic views seats up to 40. A hillside
amphitheater can host up to 4,000.
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