The Frontier Harvest Festival at the Wilderness Road Blockhouse will be held next Saturday October 28 at Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield, VA. Period-dressed reenactors will be providing various demonstrations from 1-5pm all across the grounds of the Blockhouse. This is a free event! Don’t miss out!
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The Warriors of AniKituhwa will be performing at the Natural Tunnel State Park Amphitheater on Saturday May 20 at 7pm. This is a free family-friendly event, but the $4 per car parking fee will still apply.
Saturday, April 29 10:00 a.m. SAR Wreath Laying Ceremony 10:30 a.m. The Scots-Irish in Revolutionary America (Visitor Center) 11:00 a.m. Horseback Riders Headed for Kentucky (Blockhouse Area) 11:30 a.m. Tory-Patriot Skirmish (Blockhouse Area) 1:00 p.m. Slave Narrative: Jane’s Story (Dog Trot by Blacksmith Shop) 1:30 p.m. Cherokee Language Workshop (Micah Swimmer) 2:30 p.m. Kids Militia […]
The Frontier Muster and Trade Faire will be held at the Wilderness Road Blockhouse at Natural Tunnel State Park on Saturday April 29 from 10-5 and Sunday April 30 from 10-3. Demonstrations will include fire-starting, flax processing, cooking, salt-making, tanning, 18th century games, and much more. And with all the English loyalists running around there […]
Due to current weather condition the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association has decided to cancel the Old Christmas Program.
This Saturday January 7 from 5-7pm the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association will be celebrating Old Christmas at the Wilderness Road Blockhouse at Natural Tunnel State Park. Learn about traditions of the past and enjoy some delicious stack cake, cookies, and cider.
Volunteers from the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association will be at the Carter Cabin on Friday and Saturday nights from now through December 23rd for the 17th Annual Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel Program. We will be at the Carter Cabin from 6-10pm talking about life on the frontier in the late 18th Century, and of […]
Don’t forget to stop by the Wilderness Road Blockhouse this Saturday from 1-5 to check out all the demonstrations of various frontier skills that we’ll be offering. This is a free program and all ages are welcome to attend.
The Frontier Harvest Festival will take place on October 22 from 1-5pm. Demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day. This is a free program but parking fees will apply.
The fourth annual Railroad Day will be Saturday, July 16 from 10am – 3pm. The Tunnel will be open and lit for guests to walk through. Interpreters will also be available to talk about the geology and formation of the natural tunnel. Not only will all of that be taking […]
About the book: The Blockhouse On The Holston
The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association has published a history of the Blockhouse that was built in 1775 on the North Fork of the Holston by John Anderson. His fortified home became a landmark along the road west, the Wilderness Road, marked by Daniel Boone that same year. Over the next thirty years, some 300,000 people passed Anderson’s home on their journey through Cumberland Gap and on into what would become the state of Kentucky, and further westward.
William L. Anderson, a direct descendant of John, has written a well-researched book that tells the story, the history of the home that became known to posterity as “The Blockhouse,” and its part in the expansion westward of our new nation. The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association is proud to offer this book that tells, for the first time in such detail, the very significant part played in our nation’s history by the pioneer settlers of the western frontier during the last quarter of the eighteenth century.
Also included in the book are many brief biographies of significant players in the story, maps, an article on Fort Blackmore, and the diary of early explorer Dr. Thomas Walker.
The book may be purchased for $19.95 at Natural Tunnel State Park at the Visitor’s Center and at the Wilderness Road Blockhouse Interpretive Center (276-940-2674) and at the law offices of Lisa Ann McConnell in Duffield. Or contact Robert E. McConnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 276-452-4520