Noted Cities in the Tennessee River Valley that Have Shaped America

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History flows through the waters of the Tennessee River where stories have been passed down over the years, forming the Tennessee Valley River region into a geotourism mecca. People from all walks of life travel near and far to visit and experience the diverse heritage of the region.
Alabama's first incorporated town, Mooresville is one of the state's most important and intact villages. The entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Tennessee River Valley is a region steeped in history and at the centerpiece of it all is the Tennessee River. Flowing 652 miles through seven states, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, the Tennessee River derives its name from the Cherokee town of Tanasi. Cities and towns along the waterway have played an important role in forming the region's identity and heritage. Today, travelers can experience a bit of the diverse heritage and learn about each town's role in shaping the region into a geotourism hotspot through historical structures, natural areas and other attractions.

Located about a mile from the I-65 and I-565 junction in north Alabama is the oldest incorporated town in the state. The entire town of Mooresville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with 14 structures dating from the 1820 to the 1850s.

Visitors to the Shoals area in northwest Alabama can expect a day (or several days) of inspirational exploration. The area offers a compelling story from celebrated…
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