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Clarksville’s Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for November 12th through November 18th, 2015

 

Dunbar Cave State Park - Clarksville TNClarksville, TNDunbar Cave State Natural Area has been a State Park since 1973. The cave and its surrounding 110 acres have considerable scenic, natural and historical significance. The entrance offered shelter to prehistoric Native Americans as far back as 10,000 years.

Dunbar Cave State Natural Area will present many nature programs during the year. There are programs for children and adults.

Some of the upcoming events include: Port Royal by Lantern, Night Hike and Port Royal Birding.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

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Port Royal By Lantern this Friday and Saturday

 

Port Royal State Historic ParkClarksville, TN – The Port Royal By Lantern event is this Friday and Saturday October 24th and 25th.

Take a lantern guided tour through Port Royal State Historic Park and meet some of Port Royal’s most famous (and infamous) residents as they tell tales of the frontier, the Bell Witch, Night-Riders, Ichabod Crane and more!

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Tennessee Literary Luminaries author Sue Culverhouse to Speak at Woodward Library Society program this Thursday, March 20th

 

Woodward Library Society of Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – On Thursday, March 20th, at 5:30pm, Sue Freeman Culverhouse will speak at the Winter Program of the Woodward Library Society of Austin Peay State University in Room 232 of the library. Refreshments are at 5:00pm.

The event was originally scheduled for February 20th, but was canceled due to inclement weather.

Her topic will be her third book, Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren (The History Press, 2013). Culverhouse, long a staff-writer for ClarksvilleOnline.com, features in this book eleven Tennessee authors.

Tennessee Literary Luminaries book by Sue Freeman Culverhouse

Tennessee Literary Luminaries book by Sue Freeman Culverhouse

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Tennessee Literary Luminaries author Sue Culverhouse to Speak at Woodward Library Society program

 

Woodward Library Society of Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – On Thursday, February 20th, at 5:00pm, Sue Freeman Culverhouse will speak at the Winter Program of the Woodward Library Society of Austin Peay State University in Room 232 of the library.

Her topic will be her third book, Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren (The History Press, 2013). Culverhouse, long a staff-writer for ClarksvilleOnline.com, features in this book eleven Tennessee authors.

Tennessee Literary Luminaries book by Sue Freeman Culverhouse

Tennessee Literary Luminaries book by Sue Freeman Culverhouse

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Port Royal State Park by Lantern tour November 8th-9th

 

Port Royal State Historic ParkAdams, TN – Take a lantern guided tour through Port Royal State Historic Park and meet some of Port Royal’s most famous (and infamous) residents as they tell tales of the frontier, the Bell Witch, Night-Riders and more!

Port Royal by Lantern

Port Royal by Lantern

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Dr. Rick Gregory presents upcoming lecture series on Tobacco Wars

 
“Montgomery County Tobacco Farmer Holding Tobacco Leaves.”  This photo was taken in Montgomery County, Tennessee, probably near the late 1800s or early 1900s.

“Montgomery County Tobacco Farmer Holding Tobacco Leaves.” This photo was taken in Montgomery County, Tennessee, probably near the late 1800s or early 1900s.

Montgomery County farmers have prided themselves in the raising and selling of Dark Fired Tobacco for generations. In 1890 this county ranked the 6th largest tobacco raising county in the country, selling over 9 million lbs of tobacco.

Our county along with Robertson County and parts of adjoining counties in Kentucky were once part of The Eastern Dark Fired Tobacco region, or also known as the Black Patch.

The tobacco crop raised here was highly desired by the European Market, The Imperial Tobacco Company of Great Britain and the Regi Companies. (1.Beach)The American Tobacco Company (ATC) was formed here and took part in determining the prices of this tobacco as well as its distribution.

When the ATC began fixing prices on purchased dark fired tobacco, farmers in south-central Kentucky counties and adjoining middle Tennessee counties were no longer able to turn a profit from their tobacco. So on September 24th, 1904  just about harvesting time, these farmers formed an alliance called Dark Tobacco District Planters’ Protective Association of Kentucky and Tennessee. «Read the rest of this article»

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SMOKE: A Ballad of the Night Riders opens this weekend.

 

Director, David Alford

What would cause a close knit community of friends and farmers to pull their curtains tight and lock their doors at sunset? What could turn brother against brother in an act of hatred and deceit?  It all goes back to a single tobacco leaf that caused a fiery uproar that affected everyone in town and spanned state lines. It is said that the details surrounding this event have been so hidden and suppressed through the years that family Patriarch’s have had to die before this story could be told. Starting this weekend, David Alford is telling that story in the form of a drama based musical called SMOKE: A Ballad of the Night Riders.

David Alford, writer and director of the well known play SPIRIT: The Authentic story of the Bell Witch is bringing to the stage in Adams, TN SMOKE:A Ballad of the Night Riders, as well as writing the lyrics to this musicals original score. «Read the rest of this article»

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Port Royal Lantern Tour unveils treasures of local history

 

This nighttime lantern tour of the historic state park offers visitors insight into aspects of local history not readily available, and, too often, not pursued. Moving along softly illuminated trails, re-enactors share the area’s secrets for willing ears.

In what is hopefully to become an annual event, the Port Royal Historic State Park, now listed as an official Trail of Tears Park, staged their Lantern History Tour. The tour was not a Halloween fright-type of celebration, but rather an effort to share the history of this most under-appreciated area of Montgomery County and it’s contributions to Clarksville’s history. The Lantern Tour is the result of the combined efforts of The Friends of Port Royal and the Port Royal Park staff and supporters. The event, which was free to the public, ended with a roaring bonfire, toasted marshmallows and hot cider.

Col. John Montgomery

Entering the park along and down the candle-lit pathway, visitors first encounter a Longhunter, Colonel John Montgomery, played by Michael Ramsey, an APSU student and volunteer at Mansker Station in Goodlettsville. The colonel’s story relates experiences of his life spent trapping in Port Royal and exploration of the region in 1771. Leaving the colonel with his trusty long rifle, visitors move further on into the park, guided by illuminated mini-torch baggettes.

Next on the trail is an early settler woman, Susannah McFadden, portrayed by Silvia Britton, also a Mansker Station volunteer. Susannah relates the experience of living on the new frontier, its hardships, her surprises and her experiences of taking pioneers into the new frontier of 1790. She is an unusual entity, being a woman frontier guide in 1790. «Read the rest of this article»

 



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