Davy Crockett Birthplace & Bluegrass

2009 Virginia, Road Trip, States, Tennessee

As kids we both were part of the Davy Crockett craze of 1955 spawned by the historical mini-series that aired in black and white on the Disneyland show on American Broadcasting Company. We still recall all the lyrics to “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” and grew up knowing him as a major figure in American History. Indeed he was born in Limestone in 1786 the same year Tennessee became a state, in the very earliest years of U.S. independence. And in fact with his experience on the American frontier, his service in both the state and the U.S. legislatures, and his last stand at the Alamo, he was indeed a legend in his own time. Now we’re spending a four night Labor Day Weekend stay here at David Crockett Birthplace State Park near Limestone, Tennessee. exploring the museum and the log cabin that is a reconstruction of what the Crockett home may have been like. walking the Bluff Loop Trail that overlooks the Nolichucky River where a young Davy Crockett or one of his brothers nearly lost his life in an attempt to paddle over the rapids. Besides exploring Crockett’s history, we’ve poked around the town of Limestone, given a few “tours” of our tiny living quarters, and altered some curtains to fit our little windows. This is an awesome start to what we hope to be a monthlong adventure in our Silver Shadow teardrop trailer. Then this evening as we sat in our camp chairs we heard the sound of Bluegrass music and wandered in that direction. It was a local band playing to a small crowd of East Tennesseans. It was a Charles Kuralt moment.

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