Presentations offer free look into Clarksville’s history
Clarksville, TN – A community favorite, Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center, 120 Duncan Street, offers a variety of events.
Festivities are free of charge and diverse, offering something for visitors of all ages looking to have a great time at one of Clarksville’s most treasured historic sites.
March to the Past
10:00am-3:00pm, Saturday, May 5th
The Friends of Fort Defiance will host a day of 19th century living history demonstrations including Civil War camp life, musket and artillery firing, period cooking and children’s activities.
Life in the 1800’s
1:00pm-2:00pm, Saturday, May 19th
The Electromagnetic Telegraph of Professor Samuel Morse has been described by some modern day writers as being the “Victorian Internet.” Join us as we examine this revolutionary invention and some of the equipment that made it possible.
Civil War Medical Display
10:00am-3:00pm, Saturday, May 26th
This exhibit includes a collection of medical items used during the 19th century to include necessary tools for bloodletting, various surgical procedures and preparation of period medicinal products. It also includes information regarding use of indigenous herbs used in medical practices.
All events are free. To find out more, be sure to become a fan or follower on Facebook by searching “Clarksville Parks and Recreation” or call 931.472.3351.
About Fort Defiance
Fort Defiance, which overlooks the confluence of the Red and Cumberland Rivers, was a cornerstone of the Confederate defense of the area and an important part of the eventual Union occupation of Clarksville. In 1982, Judge and Mrs. Sam Boaz, donated the property to the City of Clarksville.
In 2008, the City secured a $2.2 million federal grant that was combined with local funding and the process of construction of the interpretive center and walking trails began. The more than 1,500-square-foot Center features exhibits about the local area and the fort during the Civil War.
Fort Defiance Interpretive Center is open Monday-Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, 1:00pm to 4:00pm during the Fall & Winter.
It is located at 120 Duncan Street, Clarksville, TN.
For more information, visit www.fortdefianceclarksville.com