Bicentennial Capitol Mall
Park rangers provide interpretive park tours for groups, historical presentations in period dress and off-site programs by reservation.
Tennesseans & Their History by Paul H. Bergeron, Jeannette Keith, and Stephen Ash. Click the link below for more information about this book.
The park hosts the Tennessee History Festival each October
Backstory and Context
Each feature of the park was planned to commemorate the history of the state or highlight its natural features. For example, 31 fountains representing the leading waterways of the state come together at the Rivers of Tennessee Fountain Plaza. The Tennessee Map Plaza features a 200-foot wide granite map of the state. Together with eight smaller maps, the Plaza highlights information about the state's geography, economics, and history. The park is best known for its iconic Court of 3 Stars which includes the icon of three stars found in the Tennessee state flag.
The image and state flag represent the three Grand Divisions of Tennessee-- East, Middle, and West. East Tennessee is home to the Great Smoky Mountains and is part of Appalachia. In contrast to the mountainous region of Eastern Tennessee, Middle Tennessee features rolling hills and is home to Nashville. West Tennessee has a more "Southern" orientation and is part of the Gulf Coastal Plain. Historically, this region was dominated by cotton production. During the Civil War, many of the residents of East Tennessee opposed secession. In fact, some residents attempted to secede from Tennessee after the rest of the state joined the Confederacy. Given its reliance on cotton and the dominance of cotton planters, West Tennessee strongly favored secession. As one might expect, residents of Middle Tennessee divided on the issue of secession.
In addition to monuments and markers, the park is home to the Tennessee History Festival. This two-day festival is held each October and offers historic displays, lectures and entertainment, and demonstrations by historic re-enactors.
Park visitors often enjoy a trip to the nearby Nashville Farmers’ Market. Open year-round and located just across from the park, the Farmer's Market is home to vendors as well as restaurants and retail shops.