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Experience frontier life during Crockett Days this weekend in Greene County

Contributed • Aug 17, 2018 at 4:30 PM

David Crockett Birthplace State Park invites local residents to take a walk back in time at the annual Crockett Days Celebration - a weekend chock full of 18th century fun.

The annual Crockett Days Celebration begins at 10 a.m., Aug. 18, and runs through 5 p.m., Aug. 19, at the park.

Craftsmen and vendors will sell 18th century wares and demonstrate skills used by early settlers. This year’s event will include a flag retirement ceremony and the dedication of the Stonecypher cabin. A black powder shoot, barn dance and traditional music are also planned.

“I’m really excited about this year’s celebration,” said park manager Jackie Fischer. “It’s going to be huge. We have lots of vendors and historical demonstrations planned, along with a couple of very special events.”

The park’s homestead has grown since last year, with the addition of new animal enclosures, structures and improvements to the gardens and springhouse.

“I think people will enjoy seeing how the homestead has come along since the cabin raising last year,” Fischer said. “It’s unfolding just as it would have when it was originally settled.”

Programs and demonstrations will include an opening ceremony by the King’s Mountain Sons of the American Revolution, the story of the Overmountain Victory Men March to KIng’s Mountain, a Kid’s Militia March, tomahawk throw, wool dyeing, spinning, 18th century midwifery, flint knapping, wagon rides, blacksmithing, basket making, furs of the frontier,18th century games and chair caning, the release says.

Music and storytelling will be presented on an outdoor stage on the river. An awards ceremony will be held for the tomahawk throwing contest and black powder musket shoot.

“Much planning has gone into the event to create a fun and historically accurate experience for visitors,” Fischer said.

David Crockett was a pioneer, soldier and politician born in 1786 near the confluence of the Nolichucky River and Limestone Creek in what is now David Crockett Birthplace State Park in the Limestone community of Greene County. The park, recognized in 2017 for excellence in historical interpretation, features an 18th century farmstead, fishing, camping, trails and a pool.

For more information or to reserve a campsite for the weekend event, call David Crockett Birthplace State Park at (423) 257-2167 or visit www.tnstateparks.com or the David Crockett Birthplace State Park Facebook page.

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