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Information about Manchester, TN

Information about Manchester Manchester, Tennessee, is located about halfway between Nashville and Chattanooga, TN, along major interstate I-24. A few decades ago it was just a sleepy town without a national reputation. Almost overnight all of that changed when some locals created the Bonnaroo Music Festival. For four days, this festival not only rocks the countryside, but it also makes Manchester the 7th largest city in Tennessee. About 80,000 people camp out on 700 acres, listening to leaders, legends and up-and-comers in the rock music industry. There are 150 acts, ten stages and many other activities during the early June festival.

Manchester is home to 8,000 people. Nearby Tullahoma is home to nearly 18,000, and the county is home to almost 50,000. A leading employer, the Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center occupies 41,300 acres in Coffee and neighboring Franklin Counties. Tours of the aerospace testing center are conducted Monday through Friday, but they must be reserved two weeks in advance due to military regulations. Arrowheads/Aerospace Center is a Manchester museum dedicated to the region. It is important to World War II historians due to the area's history as General Patton's training ground for 600,000 men. The museum also features Native American, Civil War and other historical memorabilia and artiInformation.

The area is known for a 2,000-year-old archeological site located at Old Stone Fort State Park. When settlers saw the mounds, they named it a fort, but actually it was a central ceremonial gathering place for Native Americans for 500 years. Considered the most complex such enclosure in the region, the site is surrounded by natural cliffs and rivers combined with ancient man-made mounds and walls. The park has campsites, a golf course, and many hiking trails. For more Native American history, visitors often travel 20 minutes south to Russell Cave. This historic site includes a museum and the large cave where ancient Americans once lived.

Nearby in Tullahoma, many visitors enjoy a free tour of the George Dickel Tennessee Whisky Distillery. Tours run Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also in Tullahoma, the Beechcraft Heritage Museum is home to dozens of original Staggerwing aircraft from the early-to-mid 20th century.

Manchester is one of the cities on the Tennessee Backroads route that includes Civil War sites, waterfalls, area wineries, and Tims Ford Lake State Park. For local accommodations, there are only a few hotels in Manchester and Tullahoma. There are also several Bed and Breakfast Inns and a KOA campground. Nearby cities with more accommodations include Murfeesboro and Nashville to the north and Sewannee, Monteagle, and Chattanooga to the south.