Best Local Online Place to Waste an Afternoon

Tennessee State Library and Archives

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has an online collection ( that will suck you in and steal hours from you. Everything from old maps of Tennessee that look like the mapmaker was just going on guesses to mule-race broadsheets to letters home during the Civil War, not to mention all kinds of cool pictures of Nashville, can be accessed right from your computer. Sure, it's still fun to go to the actual building. But in the actual building, they tend to frown on you shouting, "Holy shit, look at this!" to the person next to you when you find something especially cool. BETSY PHILLIPS
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