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David Crockett Birthplace Named Best Interpretive State Park in Tennessee

February 15, 2018  |  Permalink

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) recognized David Crockett Birthplace State Historic Park in Limestone with the 2017 Award for Excellence in Interpretation.

“This 105-acre historic park just upstream from the shoals of the Nolichucky is a living memorial to Crockett,” said TDEC Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation Brock Hill. “For visitors who want a hands-on 18th century experience with the amenities that a state park provides, this is the place to be.”

Throughout 2017, David Crockett Birthplace State Historic Park offered dozens of interpretive programs focused on frontier themes as well as traditional park activities. Most notably the park built an 18thcentury homestead, complete with a corn crib and hunter’s cabin, which was assembled during the highly popular Crockett Days Festival.

The park creatively completed physically demanding tasks through dedication and organization by staff, but also with the help of the community. In the spring of 2017, more than 50 volunteers gathered to not only raise a cabin by hand, but to do it in 18th century attire with primitive tools.

“The building of an entire homestead seemed like a daunting task, but by combining it with quality interpretive programs and meaningful volunteer experiences, we made it happen,” said Park Manager Jackie Fischer. 

More traditional park programs offered include a “Picking on the Porch” music series, hayrides and holiday-themed campground activities.

The Annual Park Awards of Excellence – which honor five parks annually – were created to recognize exceptional work within Tennessee State Parks. The 2017 award winners were recognized at the Tennessee State Park annual park management conference in January at Montgomery Bell State Park.Parks are nominated by TDEC staff and voted on by Tennessee State Park leadership. Additional 2017 winners include: Cedars of Lebanon State Park (Resource Management), Henry Horton State Park (Innovation), Montgomery Bell State Park (Sustainability) and Sergeant Alvin C. York State Historic Park (Park of the Year).

For more information about David Crockett Birthplace State Historic Park, click here

Award Reception Photo 2018

Pictured L-R: Tennessee State Parks Director of Operations Mike Robertson; TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau; Park Ranger Sean McKay; Tennessee State Parks Area Manager Robin Peeler; Brock Hill

Crockett Days Festival

Crockett Days Festival

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