BY LISA WARREN
Five-year-old Ezra Finstad became so enthralled with the story of Davy Crockett that he not only wanted his very own coonskin cap, but he also wanted to see where the frontiersman had been born.
On Saturday, the young boy was granted his wish.
Ezra was proudly sporting a ring-tailed cap as he and his family visited the grounds of Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, in Limestone, during the park's annual Crockett Days Celebration.
Nathan and Emily Finstad had driven all the way from Mascot (near Knoxville) just to give their young son, Ezra, and his siblings, Porter and Cora, an educational -- and fun -- field trip.
"We have been reading a book about Davy Crockett, and the kids were very excited to learn that he was born in Tennessee," Nathan said.
The annual Crockett Days event celebrates the birthday of the famous frontiersman, soldier and politician, who was born in Greene County on Aug. 17, 1786, not far from the Nolichucky River.
Park staff and local historical interpreters as well as visitors gathered for this year's three-day celebration, which presented a glimpse of what life was like on the early-American frontier.
In addition to living-history demonstrations, the Crockett Days celebration featured storytelling, period music, food, vendors, workshops and more, including a traveling exhibit to mark Tennessee State Parks' 75th anniversary.
Commonly referred to in popular culture as "The King of the Wild Frontier," David "Davy" Crockett grew up in East Tennessee, where he gained a reputation for hunting and storytelling, the park's website explains.
After being made a colonel in the militia of Lawrence County, Tenn., he was elected to the Tennessee state legislature in 1821.
Crockett took a higher step in his political career in 1826, being elected to the U.S. Congress, where he strongly opposed many of the policies of President Andrew Jackson, most notably the Indian Removal Act.
Crockett's opposition to Jackson's policies led to his defeat in the 1834 elections, prompting his angry departure to Texas (then the Mexican state of Tejas) shortly thereafter, information at the park site explains.
In early 1836, Crockett took part in the Texas Revolution and was killed at the Battle of the Alamo, in San Antonio.