Railroad Day at Natural Tunnel State Park

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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 place, but the Carter Cabin and Blockhouse will also be open during the event! Historical interpreters will be present and talking about the history of the area and life on the frontier during the late 1800’s. There are no extra fees for this event. C’mon out!

America’s Frontier History Expedition

Spirit-of-AmericaBetween 1775 and 1795 an estimated 250,000-300,000 people of varying backgrounds, cultures, and social classes made the dangerous journey along the Wilderness Road in the first steps of westward expansion. The Boone Society will be recreating this journey with a handful of riders on horseback. They will begin at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton, TN on May 7th and will end in Lexington, KY on May 30th.

The group will be at the Wilderness Road Blockhouse at Natural Tunnel State Park on May 10th, 11th, and 12th. From 4pm-8pm on the 10th and 11th the Blockhouse will be open to the public and the horseback riders will be demonstrating various frontier skills.

Click to view the press release and flyer.

Campfire Cooking at the Wilderness Road Blockhouse

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Bonnie and her two daughters, Haleigh Rose and Sadie, have teamed up with Jean Hood and will be preparing food for the entire camp this weekend at the Frontier Muster and Trade Faire. Come out to the Blockhouse at Natural Tunnel State Park to learn all you ever wanted to know, and maybe even a little more, about how food was prepared on the frontier.

Coming up next weekend!

12106820_1081091391910188_2139741982185296304_nThe Frontier Muster and Trade Faire

will be held on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at the Wilderness Road Blockhouse at Natural Tunnel State Park. Event times are 10-6 on Saturday and 11-3 on Sunday. Demonstrations will include campfire cooking, flax processing, candle making, soap making, Native camps, 18th Century music and games, and much more! Click here to view our flyer and here to view a detailed schedule. And remember to find us on facebook and instagram!

Trail Talk: Music on the Frontier

Join Ron11178113_10205169039123046_1567392037852137782_n Short at the Wilderness Road Blockhouse Visitor Center at Natural Tunnel State Park from 10am to 12pm on Saturday, March 12. This is a free program and is open to all ages.

The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association will host a Trail Talk every month through June. Watch the website and facebook page for updates.

 

Trail Talk: 18th Century Weaponry – FREE PROGRAM

isThis 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 each.

Frontier Muster and Trade Faire

12063483_1090688730950454_4186848188003483312_nThe 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.