Tennessee Historical Commission

Mission Statement

The Tennessee Historical Commission is the State Historic Preservation Office for Tennessee. Its mission is  to protect, preserve, interpret, maintain, and administer historic places; to encourage the inclusive diverse study of Tennessee's history for the benefit of future generations; to mark important locations, persons, and events in Tennessee history; to assist in worthy publication projects; to review, comment on and identify projects that will potentially impact  historic properties; to locate, identify, record, and nominate to the National Register of Historic Places all properties which meet National Register criteria, and to implement other programs of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as amended. The Tennessee Historical Commission is an independent state agency, attached to  the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for purposes of administration.

The Tennessee Historical Commission has multiple programs related to  historic preservation and history. You can find these programs listed under the "State Programs" and "Federal Programs" sections of the web page. We also hope you look at our staff directory and our page of interesting links to other historic preservation web sites.

Since 1994 the office of the Commission has been the historic c. 1853 Clover Bottom Mansion in Donelson. The grounds are normally open during daylight hours, seven days a week. (Please note they are currently closed due to the ongoing restoration and landscaping project, expected to be completed in January, 2016.) As a state office building, there are no period rooms or museum exhibits. The main floor of the building is open to the public, but we ask that you make an appointment before coming to visit.  If you have business with any of the staff or need to look at site files, you should contact the staff person (see our staff directory) and let him or her know you will be here and what files you would like to see.