NEW JOHNSONVILLE, TN –Tennessee Congressman and renown bear hunter David Crockett will visit Johnsonville State Historic Park Saturday, July 5, at 8pm. The program “The Story of Davy Crockett as Told by Himself” will be held as part of a campfire program at the lakefront area of the park. Lawn chairs and ground blankets are welcome. In the event of rain, the program will be held at the Park Welcome Center. University of Tennessee at Martin communications professor Dr. Arthur Hunt will portray the famous volunteer at the State Park in a presentation based on Crockett’s autobiography written at the height of his political career. “The Story of Davy Crockett as Told by Himself” covers Crockett’s youth to his departure to Texas, capturing the frontiersman dress, voice and mannerisms. “There are two Davy Crocketts,” Hunt said. “The first one is the real Crockett who lived, married, hunted, politicked, and died at the Alamo. The second Crockett is that of legend as reflected in theatrical productions, almanacs, books, and films.” “Crockett’s autobiography attempted to set the record straight,” said Hunt, “while also advancing his political career in a possible U.S. presidential bid.” A significant portion of the autobiography is given to Crockett’s bear hunting adventures near what is now Reelfoot Lake. In one season alone Crockett claims to have killed 58 bears in the area. A resident of West Tennessee for thirteen years, Crockett traveled to Texas in 1835 to explore new lands for his family after losing a fourth bid to U.S. Congress. For more information, contact the Johnsonville State Historic Park Office at 931-535-2789.
July 5, 2014
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