The Frontier Harvest Festival
will be held on October 27 from 1-5 p.m. at the Wilderness Road Blockhouse at Natural Tunnel State Park. This is a family-friendly event and there is no entrance fee.
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The Wilderness Road Blockhouse at Natural Tunnel State Park is now open from 2-4 pm every Friday and Saturday. Interpreters will be available to provide demonstrations, talks on the Blockhouse and history of the area, and hands-on activities.
*Please note that several factors can affect the programming being offered and can therefor vary from week to week.
This is a free, family-friendly event that depicts daily life on the frontier during the late 18th century. Parking fees will still apply and dogs must be kept on a leash.
For more information please call the Natural Tunnel State Park Office at 276-940-2674.
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!
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 and Black Powder Demonstration
3:30 p.m. Frontier Auction and Hilarity (Auction Tent)
5:00 p.m. Hayride
Sunday, April 30
11:00 a.m. Frontier Church service
12:30 p.m. Finger Food and Light Refreshments
1:00 p.m. –
3:00 p.m. Please enjoy visiting with our demonstrators and presenters
All Day/Both Days
Blockhouse historical tours, flax to linen processing, soap making, candle making, salt boiling, Colonial Period toys and games, blacksmithing, fire starting, hide tanning, powder horn making and scrimshaw techniques, food drying and preserving, sewing, and cord making. Frontier Music will be presented by the Washington County Fife and Drum Band, the Smith Brothers, and Jim Wolfe.
Important Notes to Our Visitors:
To our friends with pets: we need to remind you that pets must be restrained on a leash at all times and MUST NOT be led near or around any horses, as this could cause serious injuries should a horse become excitable!!! Pets are not allowed inside historical buildings or structures. Owners are expected to walk their pets far away from the historical viewing areas and to clean up after them in areas where visitors may be walking. Thank you.
The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association is not allowed by public health regulations to feed any visitors from the cook fires or cooking preparation areas. Only registered volunteers may eat this food. Hot dogs and other snacks will be available for our visitors from Park vendors in front of the Interpretive Center and Museum. Thank you.
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