As a historic park, the park offers tours and many opportunities to view historic items for York’s life. Professional park guides offer daily tours of the York home. Tours begin at 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM CT. The 45 minute tour focuses on the York home, where York, the World War 1 hero and his wife, Gracie, raised their children after the conclusion of World War 1. Cost is $3 for persons 13 years old and up, free for 12 years old and younger. The tour departs and concludes at the park visitors center. Please call the park to reserve your spot.
Tours are provided rain or shine with no refunds unless the park cancels the tour. Tours are offered from Saturday, April 2, 2016 through Sunday, November 13, 2016.
Park visitors may also visit the grounds free of charge which include the home's outbuildings, a grist mill and a reproduction of a World War 1 trench. In addition, visitors can partake of a free driving tour of the area and see the York Bible School and the final resting place of Sergeant York and his wife.
Sergeant Alvin C. York Historic Park is located nine miles north of Jamestown and pays tribute to Sgt. Alvin C. York, one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I. The park contains the farm and gristmill once owned by York who lived in the Pall Mall area for most of his life. Along with the millhouse and milldam, the park includes York’s two-story house, York’s general store and post office, the Wolf River Cemetery, the Wolf River Methodist Church, the York Bible Institute, an M247 Sergeant York tank and various picnic facilities.
Alvin York is one of the most celebrated soldiers in American history. He joined the pacifist Church of Christ in Christian Union in 1914, and when drafted for service in World War I in 1917, he applied for conscientious objector status, but was denied. On Oct. 8, 1918, while on patrol along the Meuse-Argonne Front in France, York and his platoon wandered behind enemy lines and were caught in an ambush that left over half the platoon dead. York then led the handful of survivors in a counterattack that resulted in the capture of 132 German soldiers.
York was awarded the Medal of Honor and became an instant celebrity, and upon his return to the United States he was barraged with offers for endorsements (both commercial and political), movies, and books, most of which he initially rejected, believing it was wrong to profit from an act of war. The Nashville Rotary Club raised the funds to buy York his Pall Mall farm, which it presented to York in 1922. After York’s death, his widow sold the farm to the state of Tennessee.
Over There, Over Here: Tennesseans in the Great War
In 2016, the Cookeville PBC station featured the park in a special highlighting the Tennesseans who fought in the Great War. The park, and its living history exhibits, were depicted in the film.