As the weather turns cooler in anticipation of the fall season, September is the best time to enjoy Chattanooga’s historical places. The Hunter Museum of Art, the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and The River Gorge Explorer all have interesting events for history lover’s this month.
With the large number of events happening, it is easy to have a packed weekend. The attached list highlights the best of the best. These events include a few once-in-a-lifetime excursions that are a must attend. For example, the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park is commemorating the 150 Anniversary of the Civil War, especially the Battle of Chickamauga, which occurred on September 19-20th 1863. The events they have planned include a timeline walk through the Chickamauga battlefield. Check out the list to see more details.
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Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is commemorating the 150 Anniversary of Chickamauga with multiple events that include tours, programs and live entertainment. The main focus will be a timeline walk that will direct visitors through various living history stations. The events are free but the timeline walk requires tickets from the park’s website.
Also, the Chattanooga History Center will present a Walking Tour: Commemorating the Anniversary of the Union Army’s Capture of Chattanooga at 7:00pm on Monday, September 9th. Reservations required by September 6, call 423-265-3247.
Hunter Museum of American Art
September 1st is the first Sunday of the month which means it is free admission to the Hunter Museum of American Art. The temporary exhibit on show this month is Whitfield Lovell: Deep River. The exhibit is full of images of anonymous African Americans for the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibit will be held until October 13. The museum is located at 10 Bluff View Avenue.
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
September 7 & 8 is the Tennessee Valley Railfest, the museum’s 52nd Anniversary celebration. It is a two day festival with train rides, demonstrations, entertainment, a petting zoo and plenty of food. Admission to the festival is $20 for adults; $15 for children. The main attraction is a rail excursion from Chattanooga to Cleveland. There is an additional cost of $25 for the train ride.
Tennessee River Gorge Explorer
Saturday, September 7th the River Gorge Explorer will run a Civil War History Cruise called “Over the Plateau”. Tennessee Aquarium Naturalist John Dever will explain how the soldiers endured the elements and marched over the rugged terrain to play a key role in the Battle of Chickamauga. The cruise is from 10:30am to 12:30pm and a cash bar with snacks will be available.