As someone who didn't know many details about the Civil War, I thoroughly enjoy Stones River National Battlefield. It was a short drive from the I-24 and was very easy to find (lots of signage).
We stopped at the visitors center and was warmly greeted by a park ranger. I think his name was Jim and he came from my home state and city, Milwaukee, Wisconsin! He was so nice to us and answered all our questions. He then gave our kids a demonstration on how the cannon was fired. The kids walked away from that knowing what a priming wire was. Cool!
One thing to ask for is the free Stones River Junior Ranger Activity Book. It's a small booklet that kids work through while they tour the battlefield. It really helped keep my kids interested and they learned quite a bit, too! Once completed, it can be returned back to one of the rangers for a surprise. ;-)
The visitor center is awesome. There was a short movie to watch and lots to read and look at. You can even type your last name into a computer to see if someone with your last name fought in the Civil War -- very neat!
The shop has tons of things to look at. And all profits from the sales go to support the National Park Service. It sure makes it easy to buy something when you know it's going to preserve our national treasures.
Stones River National Battlefield was a great experience and I highly recommend visiting if you're near the Nashville/Murfreesboro area. Also, if you are driving around Murfreesboro, there are some gorgeous old homes to look at near the historic area of the city. They made me want to move south.....
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