This Tennessee community has the distinction of being the only city in the world named Tullahoma – a name that means “red earth.” The area was formerly a hunting ground for Native Americans. Tullahoma was founded in 1850, and was chartered two years later.
After the Civil War, Tullahoma – then known as Hurricane Springs – was a popular resort because of its natural springs. The springs contributed to the community’s significant growth after the Civil War. By the late 19th century, approximately 2,684 people lived in Tullahoma. Growth since then has been healthy and steady.
Exciting attractions in Tullahoma include the only fine arts center in the area, the Hands-On Science Center and the Staggerwing Museum. The University of Tennessee Space Institute is minutes away, and the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg is only 13 miles away. Tullahoma shoppers take advantage of Northgate Mall, which contains several department stores.
Tullahoma has several annual events like the Parks and Recreation Department’s highly recognized and popular Soap Box Derby. The Parks and Recreation Department also manages four city parks, a greenway system, two community centers, multiple ball fields, indoor and outdoor pools and the Imagination Station, a playground facility.
At the Tullahoma Senior Citizens Center, residents participate in numerous activities like bridge, line dancing, Tai Chi and bingo. Golfers enjoy a public course in nearby Manchester as well as the Bear Trace 18-hole course at Tim’s Ford State Park.
The Short Springs State Natural Area features hiking trails, waterfalls and rare flowers. Locals fish, bike and hike at Tim’s Ford State Park, south of town. Anglers partake in some of Middle Tennessee’s best fishing at Normandy Lake. The historic Old Stone Fort State Park near Normandy Lake is a favorite for golfers, campers, fishers and hikers. And Wood’s Reservoir at Arnold Air Force Base is an excellent destination for boating.
Tullahoma’s central location between Nashville and Chattanooga allows for many educational, recreational and vocational opportunities. Nashville is approximately 72 miles northwest of town while Chattanooga is approximately 69 miles southeast of town. Tullahoma is situated near I-24, which travels to both cities.
Nashville is home to the Grand Ole Opry, country music’s most famous stage. Other entertainment venues in Nashville are the Country Music Hall of Fame, Historic Traveler’s Rest Plantation and Museum, Nashville Ballet, Darkhorse Theater and the Nashville Symphony. Also in Nashville is nationally recognized Vanderbilt University. Chattanooga’s big city attractions include the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum, the Appalachian Trail, the Creative Discovery Museum for children and the Southern Writers Conference. It is also a spectacular location for nature lovers. Hang-gliding, mountain climbing and touring caves are popular activities in the watershed of the Smoky Mountains and the Tennessee River, which maintains the greatest variety of flora of any area in the U.S.
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