Crockett Days was a huge success this past weekend at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park celebrating Davy Crockett’s birthday August 17, 1786. Many of the Washington County Militia were there to help with the festivities. In spite of the blistering heat, everyone enjoyed the many scheduled events . Mark Halback, Park Ranger at the Birthplace, did an awesome job of putting this event together.
Steve Ricker was there to demonstrate frontier life and all the necessities including his flintlock skills and birchbark canoe. Chad Bogart brought out his musical instruments playing tunes from long ago. Art Lang and Cathy Ciolac entertained visitors with tunes on the front porch of the Crockett Cabin. An auction of period items which helped raise money for the Crockett Education Fund. Fellow re-enactors held demonstrations at their tents as well with Carter’s store, weaving, making dogbane cordage, Cherokee story telling, frontier life, and black powder demonstrations. Topping off Saturday was a camp feed featuring burgers and hotdogs cooked by Mark Halback with other covered dish items provided by the re-enactors.
Later that evening Randy Curde and I made our way to the river to enjoy a canoe trip down the Nolichucky. Sunday proved to be as equally entertaining starting with the Sunday morning service held in the time period fashion (forgive me, the ministers name slips my memory) He did such a good job that I felt the Lord’s forgiveness for all the cussing done as we put up our tents in the blistering heat on Friday evening. We missed Mike and Ramona as she was rendered speechless from laryngitis and Sherri and Nat Hyder as his father unfortunately was hospitalized with mini stokes. Let’s keep them in our prayers. No wonder that David and I think this is one of our favorite events! Thanks to Tim Massey and Gail Ellis for the pictures.
(MOLLY NOTE: Thanks to Sherry shook for this great article. Thanks also to Gail Ellis and Tim Massey for these wonderful photos)