Bledsoe Creek State Park Home to New Heritage Interpretation Facility

July 16, 2016  |  Permalink

NASHVILLE  — The Middle Tennessee History Coalition (MTHC) and Bledsoe Creek State Park are pleased to announce the addition of an 18th century trade cabin display to the Tennessee History Trail at Bledsoe Creek State Park. The public is invited to attend the grand opening of the display on Saturday, August 6 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 
 
Refreshments will be served and historians and interpreters from MTHC will be on site to talk about the fur trade, its impact on middle Tennessee, and how the cabin display was built.The twelve by eighteen cabin was constructed over a one-year period and took over eight hundred volunteer hours to complete. A vast majority of the materials used were sourced from the park itself.
 
“Projects such as this provide our park visitors with a visceral connection to our nation’s history,” said Jeff Wells, director of interpretive programming and education for Tennessee State Parks.
 
The earliest Europeans to trade in the Middle Tennessee area were French fur traders such as Jean du Charleville, who in 1710 established a trading post near a sulphur/salt spring near what is now Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in downtown Nashville. The trade cabin display will be used to interpret the fur trade and its impact on American Woodland Indians. 


 


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About the Middle Tennessee History Coalition: MTHC provides volunteer assistance and other support for Middle Tennessee historical sites and heritage organizations as they plan, schedule and implement celebrations, festivals, living-history education programs and other history awareness activities. We strive to promote public awareness of the people, events and circumstances behind Middle Tennessee’s rich history and to place it in a larger historical context. The Middle Tennessee History Coalition is a registered 501c3 organization in the state of Tennessee. For more information about the Coalition or any of its activities, please contact admin@midtnhistory.com.
 
About Bledsoe Creek State Park: The park was once a prime hunting ground for the Cherokee, Creek, Shawnee and Chickamauga Native American tribes. The Bledsoe Creek territory became a Tennessee State Park in 1973. The park features 57 campsites. There are more than six miles of scenic hiking trails that meander through the forest and along the lakeshore of the park. One mile of these trails is paved, making it accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information, please visit http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/bledsoe-creek.
 
 

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