Schedule of Events for the Frontier Muster and Trade Faire

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.

Demonstrations at the Frontier Muster and Trade Faire

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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 is bound to be some confrontation!

Old Christmas – CANCELLED

Due to current weather condition the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association has decided to cancel the Old Christmas Program.

Old Christmas at the Wilderness Road Blockhouse

Page1This 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.


Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel at Natural Tunnel State Park


Ron Short - Music at the Carter CabinVolunteers 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 course about the cabin itself. Come by and enjoy this festive event in beautiful Natural Tunnel State Park.

For more information click here to view the flyer.

Demonstrations at the Harvest Festival


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.

Frontier Harvest Festival

10360951_10204918833676478_335118211000169699_nThe 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.

Railroad Day at Natural Tunnel State Park







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.

Wilderness Road Blockhouse open to the public on weekends from 2-4

11155146_10204887200112774_240585033255865043_oThe Blockhouse at Natural Tunnel State Park will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-4pm through the month of October.

Interested in a group tour or program? Just send us an email.