Three Sisters Garden at the Wilderness Road Blockhouse

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Follow this link to watch a short clip narrated by William Cawood that discusses the Three Sisters Garden at the Wilderness Road Blockhouse at Natural Tunnel State Park.

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DBWTA Meeting Reminder – September 18, 2015 at 12pm

Association Members:

The DBWTA is scheduled to meet this coming Friday, September 18 at 12pm. Lunch will be available for $8 per person. Please remember to RSVP to Gretchen Cope by this Wednesday if you plan to attend.

Photography workshop with Diane Watts Copas

11155146_10204887200112774_240585033255865043_oi-cR4bdBg-X2As part of the Mountains of Music cultural events schedule, The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association will be sponsoring a photography “Trail Talk” on Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. entitled “How to Get the Most Out of Your Digital Camera.” This hands-on workshop will be held at the Blockhouse Visitor Center at Natural Tunnel State Park and will be led by Diane Watts Copas, well-known regional photographer and long-time friend of the Wilderness Trail Association. Whether you take pictures with an expensive SLR camera or on your handy cell phone, Ms. Copas will be offering tips and techniques on how to improve your picture-taking skills. The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. with a short lecture and demonstration, and then the participants will move around the park together to consider various lighting and framing situations. This is a great opportunity to learn how to turn simple vacation pictures into family treasures.

This “Trail Talk” is free and is open to the public. We do need to know how many to expect, however, so please make a reservation before June 18 by calling Gretchen at 276-940-2696 or Megan at 276-940-1643

Mountains of Music Homecoming

22823_10205169022322626_895614914391802623_nIn conjunction with the Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming the Anderson Blockhouse will be open to visitors on the following dates and times:

June 12th from 10-1pm
June 13th from 2-4pm
June 14th from 2-4pm
June 15th from 10-4pm
June 16th 19326_10205169042683135_9122956037227166903_nfrom 10-4pm
June 17th from 10-4pm
June 18th from 10-4pm
June 19th from 2-4pm
June 20th from 2-4pm

For more information on the Mountains of Music Homecoming visit their website.

The Virginia Project

Virginia ProjectThe Friends of Wilderness Road State Park are selling raffle tickets for various handmade accouterments with proceeds to go toward the construction of a Native American Camp at the park. For those of you interested in purchasing tickets you can do so at The Wilderness Road State Park Visitor Center.

The Anderson Blockhouse


The Anders22823_10205169022322626_895614914391802623_non 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 18the Century.

Spring Muster and Trade Fair at the Blockhouse! Saturday, April 18 from 10 until after the campfire on Saturday night; Sunday, April 19 from 11 to 3. Bring the whole family!

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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.

Blacksmithing on the Frontier – Demonstrations at the Frontier Muster & Trade Faire

markIt’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 was produced at the forge. Come out and meet our expert blacksmith, Mark Ramsey, and watch him work. He’ll be glad to answer your questions and explain what he is doing.

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 have beautiful handmade leather items for sale.


Frontier Muster and Trade Fair

Ron kneeling by fireThe 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.