David Crockett Birthplace State Park Named State Park Of The Year
January 29, 2019 | Permalink
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has recognized David Crockett Birthplace State Park in Limestone as the 2018 Tennessee State Park of the Year.
“David Crockett Birthplace State Park reflected the highest qualities of our state parks while delivering an authentic visitor experience through their 18th century farmstead,” said Brock Hill, TDEC deputy commissioner. “We are proud of the performance of all of our 56 state parks, and David Crockett Birthplace has established itself as a premier visitor destination.”
The park, named for one of Tennessee’s foremost pioneers, soldiers and public servants, won the top award where the criteria included innovation, sustainability, interpretation, resource management and facility management, as well as fiscal responsibility.
The farmstead at the park includes a cabin, barn, corn crib, spring house, chicken coop, horses, pigs, chickens, a donkey and guinea hens. All the structures were built in 18th century style, using 18th century tools, in less than two years. The park has also planted heirloom gardens, established a compost operation, raised animals, planted orchards, and recycled food waste into feed for animals.
David Crockett Birthplace State Park is representative of a sustainable environment because it relies on frontier practices of planting what you need, using what you reap and saving seeds for tomorrow. Interpretive programming includes a trade fair, harvest festival, flag retiring, animal husbandry programs and gardening.
Park visitation increased from 141,000 visitors in fiscal year 2017 to 296,000 in fiscal year 2018. In addition to the unique historic and cultural experiences, the park also operates a campground for overnight visitors.
Crockett was born near Limestone in 1786. David Crockett Birthplace State Park became a state park in 1973.