Thursday, June 17, 2010

My Place of Birth
I am here to brag about my place of birth <> Lawrence County, Tennessee. David Crockett became a citizen, and more, in this backwood country in 1817 and enjoyed life until the flood came in 1821.

The site, where he lived and worked, is now a state park <> David Crockett State Park. I have been to a lot of parks, but this one may be the very best. It has something for everybody to enjoy.

Recently, park officials opened new Green Cabins. They became available to rent on Flag Day, June 14. (See photo of cabin above)

Two and three bedrooms are available and each cabin is equipped with everything you need for sleeping and cooking. To make reservations, call David Crockett State Park office at (931) 762-9408. Link to ALL Tennessee State Parks:

David Crockett was a pioneer, soldier, politician, industrialist and was born near the little town of Limestone in northeast Tennessee in 1786. In 1817, he moved to Lawrence County and served as a justice of the peace, a colonel of the militia, and as state representative. Along the bank of Shoal Creek, in what is now his namesake park, he established a diversified industry consisting of a powder-mill, a gristmill and a distillery. All three operations were washed away in a flood in September, 1821. Financial difficulties from this loss caused Crockett to move to West Tennessee where he was elected to Congress. While in Washington, he fought for his people's right to keep land they had settled on the new frontier of West Tennessee. Crockett died at the Alamo Mission in March of 1836 while aiding the Texans in their fight for independence from Mexico.

Attractions - Dedicated in May of 1959, in honor of one of Tennessee's most famous native sons, David Crockett State Park is located on U.S. Highway 64 in Lawrence County, one-half mile west of the City of Lawrenceburg.

David Crockett State Park restaurant overlooks 40-acre scenic Lake Lindsey. The restaurant features home-style cooking served up buffet style. Reservations may be taken for wedding receptions, family reunions, class reunions, business meeting/luncheons, etc.

Other points of interest are the Amish Community, the David Crockett Cabin and Downtown Lawrenceburg (antiques and shopping.)

Recreation - A full range of recreational facilities and activities can be found at the park. Activities include hiking, tennis, softball, volleyball and much more. Some recreational equipment is available forcheck-out at the park office.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Location - David Crockett State Park is located off of Hwy. 64, West of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.