This Saturday, February 27 from 10am-12pm at the Blockhouse Visitor Center at Natural Tunnel State Park Corey Gardner will be presenting a program on the weapons used by both settlers and Native Americans in the 1700s. Several examples of firearms and other weapons with be available as well as a brief discussion and history of […]
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The FrontierMuster and Trade Faire is just around the corner! Drop by the Blockhouse on Saturday, March 30and Sunday, April 1 for a glimpse into what life was like on the Frontier in the late 18th Century. This is a free program although parking fees will apply. Stay tuned for updates.
by William Anderson The Wilderness Road Blockhouse in Natural Tunnel State Park is a reproduction of the original blockhouse built by an early pioneer, John Anderson, in 1775. Anderson’s eventful life included not just his role as the Blockhouse proprietor, but also service as a regional militia leader and judge. Born in 1750, Anderson was […]
The Old Christmas Event is scheduled for Saturday, January 9 from 5-7 pm. We’ll have stack cake, cookies, and lots of other yummy treats. Come by and see how Christmas was celebrated in the late 18th Century! Click here to view the flyer.
The Lighting of the Tunnel programs at Natural Tunnel State Park are set to begin the Friday after Thanksgiving and continue every Friday and Saturday evening until January 1st and 2nd, with the exception of Christmas day and the day after. While you’re at the park remember to stop by the Carter Cabin. The cabin […]
New essays by Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Historian, Lawrence J. Fleenor Jr. have been uploaded. Just follow this link!
4 cups large day old bread crumbs(French or Italian Bread Best) 1/2 cup melted butter 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Pinch of Salt 3/4 cup brown sugar 4 cups chopped cooking apple slice thin or seasonal fruits 1 cup of raisins 1/4 lb. Butter and Brown Sugar Optional: ½ cup of apple cider (this would just […]
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the Harvest Festival at the Blockhouse this past weekend. We are also very thankful to all of our reenactors and volunteers as well as to everyone who worked behind the scenes to plan the event. And don’t forget, our Old Christmas event will be on January […]
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Spinning presentations will be ongoing throughout the Harvest Festival. Natural Dyeing processes and materials will also be discussed. Remember to stop by the Blockhouse between 1 & 5 on Saturday, October 24.
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 email@example.com or 276-452-4520