Before the Revolutionary War, Tennessee was part of the great western frontier. You can see the hard-working, adventurous spirit of the early settlers in the historical sites and museums. As Tennessee grew, the people organized themselves into quaint, agricultural towns like Jonesborough, the state's first city. Each region, however, has a large city with its own personality. Wherever you go, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Reelfoot Lake, the landscape is a beautiful backdrop for life in Tennessee. There are 54 state parks and over 14 areas managed by the National Park Service in which our history and natural resources are preserved.