David Crockett’s Birthplace State Park was established in 1973 and has been preserved as a historic site on land acquired from the Davy Crockett Birthplace Association. The park consists of 105 partially wooded acres of land along the Nolichucky River in Greene County.
The stone monument to Crockett, erected in late 1960s, features samples of official state stone of all states. Park trails travel the diverse topographies ranging from low-lying, wetland and river environments to steep limestone bluffs. Alluvial terracing over millennia have created a rich agricultural plain which was famous for its fertility. This is reflected by evidence of continual habitation of the site dating to the Paleo-Indian period.
Bird and butterfly watching are popular activities and people often report sightings of deer, hawks, raccoon and foxes. The park museum contains exhibits on different aspects of the life of David Crockett. Visitors can learn about Crockett the hunter, the politician, the businessman and the legendary hero as portrayed in the Walt Disney movie of the 1950s. David Crockett’s birthplace was along the banks of the Nolichucky River in Greene County, present-day Limestone, and he spent most of his life and career in the state. He became a household name fighting Native Americans in the Creek War in the early 1800s, where he was known as a larger-than-life frontiersman, wearing the trademark coonskin cap. He used that folksy image to win the hearts and minds of voters when he was elected to the Tennessee Legislature in 1821, and then to three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
All three divisions of Tennessee claim Crockett as a local hero: In Middle Tennessee, Crockett made his home and kept his office; East Tennessee boasts about his birthplace; and he fought politically against Andrew Jackson for the rights of squatters occupying land in West Tennessee. After his third term in the House of Representatives, he joined the war against Mexico and was killed at the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. In addition to the museum, a cabin replica, constructed in 1986 for the bicentennial celebration of Crockett’s birth, is a short walking distance from the museum. The cabin depicts a typical frontier cabin much like the one where Crockett was born in 1786. In front of the cabin is the engraved footstone to the original cabin.
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