The Anderson Blockhouse will be open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-4pm beginning in May as well as for special events. Stop by and learn about the Anderson Family and the Blockhouse and the roll it played on the Frontier. Also discover what life was like on the Frontier in the late […]
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The Swimmer family is preparing for their trip over to the Blockhouse from Cherokee. Micah will be offering a Cherokee language workshop on Saturday at 1:00, and he and Ogana will be teaching visitors how to play stickball off and on all day.
It’s almost time for our annual Spring Muster and Trade Faire, April 18 and 19, at the Blockhouse, Natural Tunnel State Park. Bring the family and come on out. Blacksmithing was an essential skill on the frontier. Every nail was made by hand. Every horse had to be shod. Every hinge, tool, and knife blade […]
We are really geared up for the annual Spring Muster and Trade Faire on April 18 and 19 at the Blockhouse. Our friend Charlie Brown will have his longhunter camp set up again this year and will be ready to demonstrate essential frontier survival skills such as hide tanning and leather work. He will also […]
The Frontier Muster and Trade Fair at the Wilderness Road Blockhouse at Natural Tunnel State Park April 18 & 19, 2015 Click here to view the flyer.
Please note that we have added a new button to our About page entitled 1775 Boone Trace. Our friend and DBWTA member, Randell Jones has been working on this interactive map for several months and has offered its use to groups who are working up and down the Boone Historic Corridor to preserve the original […]
Beginning on March 10, Curtis Penix, an avid hiker from Monroe, Michigan plans to walk in the footsteps of his 5X great grandfather, Joshua Penix, who arrived at Fort Boonesborough in 1779. Curtis plans a 16-day hike along Boone Trace, as did his grandfather, beginning at Kingsport, TN on March 10 and terminating at Fort […]
ATTENTION Due to inclement weather the Old Christmas Program has been CANCELLED.
We’ll be at the Carter Cabin at Natural Tunnel State Park from 6-9pm every Friday and Saturday until Christmas for the Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel Programs. After enjoying marshmallows, hot chocolate, Santa Clause, live entertainment and all the other festivities at the mouth of the tunnel walk on over to the Carter Cabin to […]
Jean Livingston Brown has been a Natural Tunnel State Park volunteer and Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association reenactor for many years. Click here to access the full article and photos!
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