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Discover Tennessee History this Fall

October 1, 2019  |  Permalink

Fall Into History

Fall is a time of learning. As school starts back up and the weather changes, many people feel an increased desire for reading, writing and culture. While this is a great season to curl up with a good book next to a big fire, we know that sometimes history is a topic best experienced firsthand. There is a unique connection that comes from stepping into the past and engaging it with all of your senses. So, throw on your jacket, grab a warm drink and head out to one of these park events this fall:


World War One

Last year, November 11, 2018, marked the 100th anniversary of the day World War I ended. Countless writers have labeled the Great War as one of the most defining moments in modern history. It changed the economic, political and social trajectory of our time.

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park commemorates the home of the most recognizable American hero from the war, Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Alvin C. York. Not only does the park offer insight into the life of this American hero, it also strives to engage visitors with World War One in tangible ways. Park staff constructed trenches to replicate the warfare style of the time. Visitors can walk through these trenches and experience the intricacies of life for the average American doughboy on the front.

On November 8-10, dozens of living history actors will host programs at the park in honor of Veterans Day. These events will immerse the visitor in the World War I experience, and will help guests understand how WWI shaped Tennessee and the world.

Located north of Cookeville, this is a Veterans Day event you do not want to miss.

Campsites and Cabins: While this park does not have cabins or campgrounds, you can find both at nearby Pickett CCC Memorial State Park and Standing Stone State Park

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Civil War

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park and Johnsonville State Historic Park sit on opposite banks of the Tennessee River to the west of Nashville. These two parks, manned by opposing sides in America’s Civil War, provide a perfect backdrop for understanding one of the most defining conflicts in our country’s history.

On November 2, these parks will co-host “Civil War Days” to honor the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville. In this battle, Confederate forces under the command of Nathan Bedford Forrest crossed the Tennessee River and attacked the fortification at Johnsonville. Mark the occasion as both parks shoot volleys across the water from artillery stationed on the bank. Infantry, cavalry and civilian demonstrations will help visitors understand and connect with the Civil War.

Campsites and Cabins: Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park is home to both cabins or campgrounds. You can also find inn rooms, cabins and campsites at nearby Montgomery Bell State Park and Natchez Trace State Park


Frontier Life

Did you know that Tennessee used to be the “frontier” of New World? Fort Loudoun State Historic Park was home to a British fortification in the 1750’s. It sat on the edge of a wild, unknown land. A replica of the fort transports visitors back to a time before the birth of the nation.

The park is hosting Garrison Weekend on November 10. This living history event will display the daily lives of men, women and children at Fort Loudoun. From the hospital and barracks to the commander’s quarters and blacksmith shop, visitors can experience life on the frontier like never before.

(Photo credit: Tennessee Photographs)


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