The Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum honors the life and career of former Secretary of State Cordell Hull, born here in 1871. Hull received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as “Father of the United Nations” and was the longest serving U.S. Secretary of State, 1933 - 1944. The site includes a representation of Hull's log cabin birthplace, period gardens, and the Cordell Hull Museum and Archives, including the Cordell Hull Collection of more than 1,500 books, hundreds of original documents and objects and the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Hull for his role in the founding of the United Nations.
The 58-acre site is located on the Highland Rim, near Byrdstown, near the Kentucky border. The famous Sgt. Alvin York helped organize the first friends groups at Cordell Hull.
The Bunkham Cave, also on the site, served as a shelter for Indians. William Hull, Cordell’s father, used it to make moonshine. A CD of songs about the area is available at the welcome center. The beautiful Bunkum Cave Loop Trail that leads to an overlook and the actual entrance to historic Bunkum Cave.
The hike to the overlook is 3/4 mile, an additional half mile to the cave entrance, rated moderate due to many gentle hills. Meandering through mixed deciduous forest, hikers may see a variety of plant and animal life. Spring wildflowers viewing is exceptional.
Bunkum Cave Trail was dedicated June 8, 2006 and was built by Americorps*NCCC, numerous volunteers, and state park staff. The trail is rated moderate due to many gentle hills. The hike to the overlook is 3/4 mile (1.5 miles roundtrip), and the hike to the cave entrance is an additional one-half mile (2.5 miles roundtrip). Meandering through the mixed deciduous forest, the hiker may be able to view a variety of plant and animal life. Spring wildflowers in late March - early May are exceptional. The view of the cave is most impressive, the entrance measures 100 feet wide and 50 feet tall.
There are 10 picnic tables and 5 grills available at the park site. The picnic area may be reserved for large groups.
The museum and archives include exhibits and a library.
The Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum is a historic site owned by the State of Tennessee that was created as state park by an act of the Tennessee General Assembly in June 1997. The 58-acre site is located on the Highland Rim, near Byrdstown, north of Cookeville, close to the Kentucky border.
The site includes a representation of Hull's log cabin birthplace and period gardens; the Cordell Hull Museum which displays a variety of photographs and artifacts; and an activities center. The park also includes the Hull Library and Archives that houses the entire Cordell Hull Collection consisting of more than 1,500 books and hundreds of original photographs, documents and three dimensional objects. The collection includes his Nobel Peace Prize, as a replica is on display in the museum.
Join park staff as we commemorate Pearl Harbor Day, the day that officially launched the United States’ entry into WWII. We will observe the occasion with a display of highlights of the infamous Pearl Harbor attack as well as a showcase on Sec. Hull’s Nobel Peace Prize, which he received in 1945 for his role in creating the United Nations. The park is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT. For more information call 931-864-3247.
Join park staff as we celebrate the holidays the way they were enjoyed in the late nineteenth century, the time period in which former Secretary of State Cordell Hull lived in this rural area on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau. Our holiday open house includes refreshments and seasonal decorations in the restored birthplace cabin. The park is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT. For more information call 931-864-3247.
Cordell Hull (October 2, 1871-July 23, 1955) was educated in a one-room school built by his father William, a farmer, moonshiner and lumber merchant. Hull received his law degree after a year of study, was elected to Congress and to the Senate. President Franklin Roosevelt appointed him Secretary of State in 1933. Ill health forced him to resign in 1944 before the final ratification of the UN charter.
Bunkum Cave Trail, dedicated June 8, 2006, was built by Americorps, area volunteers, and park staff. The trail is rated moderate due to many gentle hills. The hike to the overlook is 3/4 mile, an additional half mile to the cave entrance. Meandering through mixed deciduous forest, hikers may see a variety of plant and animal life. Spring wildflowers are exceptional. The Bunkham Cave itself is closed indefinitely due to White Nose Syndrome in bats in Middle Tennessee.
Annual events include spring wildflower hikes, nature and literature events, a United Nations Day celebration, Christmas at the birthplace and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
A new program begins this summer at Cordell Hull Birthplace. In an effort to encourage children of all ages to read and explore nature, the park will feature classic children's stories with a nature theme, such as The Hobbit and Robin Hood.
1300 Cordell Hull Memorial Dr.
Byrdstown, TN 38549
Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum is located a few miles west of Byrdstown. It is 1.5 miles off Hwy. 111 on State Route 325.
April-October, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, including weekends.-------November-March, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, including weekends.------The park is located in the central time zone.