Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department
Clarksville, TN – A community favorite, Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center, 120 Duncan Street, offers a variety of events.
Festivities are diverse and offer something for visitors of all ages looking to have a great time at one of Clarksville’s most treasured historic sites.
Fort Defiance Civil War Park March Events
History for Kids
1:00pm to 3:00pm | Saturday, March 16th
Youth ages 7-12 are invited to explore our toy box and trunk of dress-up clothes. Participants can learn how to drill and march like a Civil War soldier, how to have a proper 19th-century tea party, and how to dig up artifacts from the past with an experienced relic hunter. Be a historian in the making! Cost is $5.00 per person. Register online at www.CityofClarksville.com/ParksRec.
10:00am to 3:00pm | Saturday, March 16th
Experience history in action as the 3rd Kentucky Infantry CSA showcases Civil War camp life and performs musket firing demonstrations and infantry drills. Admission is free.
“The Yankee Present” Book Launch
12:00pm to 2:00pm | Saturday, March 30th
Local author Philip Ross Chadwick will talk about his new book, “The Yankee Present,” in which he tells the true story of Confederate soldier, Thomas Hanner Lyle, who finds himself embroiled in a war that will change his life forever. Lyle longs to return to the beauty of his previous life in Tennessee – but will war let him go so easily? Chadwick will sign copies of the book and refreshments will be provided.
About Fort Defiance Civil War Park
Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center, which overlooks the confluence of the Red River and Cumberland River, 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
About the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department
The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of recreational facilities and activities for all ages, maintains more than 700 acres of parks and facilities, provides 22 park facilities that offer a variety of amenities, including playgrounds, picnic areas, walking trails and pavilions or picnic shelters and maintains three community centers with year-round programming for youth, adults and seniors, as well as four public swimming pools
The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department is located at 102 Public Square, Clarksville.
To learn more call 931.645.7476.