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Clarksville Parks and Recreation announces Native American Heritage Month to be held at Fort Defiance

Clarksville Parks and Recreation DepartmentClarksville, TN – Join members of the Native Cultural Circle on November 19th from 11:00am until 12:30pm for storytelling and dance demonstrations at Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center.

The event is part of Native American Heritage Month. The group will share and discuss their history and demonstrate aspects of Native American culture. 

“Montgomery County has many historical sites originating from diverse indigenous populations,” said Roxanne Jenkins, Associate Historical Interpreter at Fort Defiance. 

“From the pictographs in Dunbar Cave that date to the Mississippian time period about 750 years ago, to several documented archaeological sites all around Clarksville that date back thousands of years.”

“Native Americans also traveled through the area in 1838, on the way from Georgia to Oklahoma, using Port Royal as a stopping point along the Trail of Tears. Native American history is part of Montgomery County’s history. We’d like to invite everyone to Fort Defiance to enjoy this celebration of indigenous culture as part of Native American Heritage Month.”

For information about Fort Defiance visit ClarksvilleParkRec.com or call 931.645.7476.

About Fort Defiance

Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive CenterThe Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center is operated by the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department.

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 5:00pm during the Spring and Summer.

It is located at 120 Duncan Street, Clarksville, TN.

For more information, visit www.fortdefianceclarksville.com


About the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department

Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department OfficeClarksville Parks and Recreation Department provides a variety of indoor/outdoor programs, facilities, nature activities and entertainment events for people living in Clarksville, Montgomery County and Fort Campbell. These free or reasonably priced, year-round experiences help residents enhance their health, wellness, and social engagement — resulting in a stronger, better community.

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.

 

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