Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. Click on links for additional details.

Jan. 13 – March 3, 2013

Murfreesboro – The Language of Love and Courtship Tours – Enjoy a tour of Oaklands Mansion with your sweetheart and experience the romance of the Victorians from flowers and fans to engagement traditions. Admission is $10. For more information, visit www.oaklandsmuseum.org.

Murfreesboro – “Wedding Dresses Through the Decades” Exhibit – The second annual exhibit highlights wedding dresses through the decades in Maney Hall at Oaklands Museum. For more information, visit www.oaklandsmuseum.org.

Ongoing until Jan. 20

Nashville – Civil War Newspaper on Display – Original newspapers from the Civil War for each year of the war will be on display at the Metro Nashville Archives. For more information, call 615-862-5880 or visit www.nashville.gov/metro_archives.

Jan. 14

Memphis – Fabulous Fine Art: Elizabeth Catlett – Learn about this creative printmaker and make relief prints like the artist at 3:30 p.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis. For more information, visit www.cmom.com.

Jan. 18 – 19

Red Boiling Springs – Thomas House Hotel Overnight Ghost Hunt – Participate in an all-night ghost hunt with paranormal researcher and author Chad Morin. Admission is $99. For more information, visit www.thomashousehotel.com

Jan. 19

Pigeon Forge – 3rd Annual Professional Ice Carving Competition – Some of the world’s best ice sculptors will chisel 250-pound blocks of ice into fantastic designs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Titanic’s outdoor entertainment center in Pigeon Forge. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.titanicpigeonforge.com.

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