And Wagon Rides
Add To The Fun
At Annual Event
BY O.J. EARLY
Menacing screams and the firing of muskets filled the air Saturday in Limestone.
Ruffians -- cabin-raiding criminals -- were on their way.
"We just want a little pie," one of them yelled darkly. The women in the nearby cabin could only shout at them to stop.
And had it not been for a nearby militia that heard the screaming and shooting, the attackers may have done more than take some pie.
David Crockett himself likely knew well the potential dangers of living on Tennessee's frontier in the 18th century.
And while there's no record of a Crockett home being ransacked, cabin-raiding was a "typical scene that would have happened at the time," Park Ranger Dawn Elberbawy said.
It was reenactments such as the cabin-raiding that helped mix entertainment with history during the weekend at the Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park.
The annual "Crockett Days Celebration" on Saturday and Sunday celebrated the "birth, life and spirit of David Crockett, one of Tennessee's most famous and favorite sons."
"We celebrate his birthday with all kinds of primitive activities," Elberbawy said. "We have reenactors come out and show primitive skills that would have been done on the frontier."
"We've had a really good turnout," she said Saturday. "The weather has been really great."
In addition to reenactments, visitors to the park enjoyed traditional mountain music and wagon rides.
Young Tevas and Steven Cutshaw liked what they saw.
"They're amazed," said neighbor Larry Henderson, who brought the children to the Crockett Days to learn "a little history."
"They've never seen anything like this," he said with a smile. "They're having a great time."
Crockett, born in 1786, was a famed frontiersman, politician and soldier. Nicknamed the "King of the Wild Frontier," he served the 12th District of Tennessee in Congress before leaving the Volunteer State to join the Texas Revolution.
He was killed in the famous Battle of the Alamo in 1836.