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Kick it with Crockett for annual festival

Contributed • Aug 16, 2018 at 4:36 PM

Come take a walk back in time and experience frontier living in Appalachia at David Crockett Birthplace State Park!

The annual Crockett Days Celebration begins at 10 a.m. on Aug. 18 and runs through 5 p.m. on Aug. 19. Craftsmen and vendors will sell 18th century wares and demonstrate skills used by early settlers. This year’s event will include a flag retiring ceremony and the dedication of the Stonecypher cabin. A black powder shoot, barn dance and traditional music are also planned.

“I’m really excited about this year’s celebration,” said Park Manager Jackie Fischer. “It’s going to be huge. We have lots of vendors and historical demonstrations planned, along with a couple of very special events.”

The park’s homestead has grown since last year, with the addition of new animal enclosures, structures and improvements to the gardens and springhouse.

“I think people will enjoy seeing how the homestead has come along since the cabin raising last year,” Fischer said.”It’s unfolding just as it would have when it was originally settled.”

Programs and demonstrations will include an opening ceremony by the King’s Mountain Sons of the American Revolution, the story of the Overmountain Victory Men March to KIng’s Mountain, Kid’s Militia March, tomahawk throw, wool dyeing, spinning, 18th century midwifery, flint knapping, wagon rides, blacksmithing, basket making, furs of the frontier,18th century games and chair caning, the release says. Music and storytelling will be presented on an outdoor stage on the river and an awards ceremony will be held for the tomahawk throwing contest and black powder musket shoot.

“Much planning has gone into the event to create a fun and historically accurate experience for visitors,” Fischer said.

For more information or to reserve a campsite for the weekend event, call David Crockett Birthplace State Park at 423-257-2167 or visit tnstateparks.com/parks/david-crockett-birthplace or the David Crockett Birthplace State Park Facebook page.

David Crockett was a pioneer, soldier, and politician born in 1786 near the confluence of the Nolichucky River and Limestone Creek in what is now David Crockett Birthplace State Park. The park, recognized in 2017 for excellence in historical interpretation, features an 18th century farmstead, fishing, camping, trails and pool.

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