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David Crockett Birthday Celebration

Aug 12th, 2023

Discovery Park of America will mark David Crockett’s 237th birthday on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023 with interactive activities, live demonstrations and musical entertainment. Discovery Park’s education team will offer a variety of programs on topics such as woodworking, fur trapping, outdoor cooking and more. Musical entertainment will be provided by Mulberry Jam, an acoustic old-time string band based in the Memphis area. Following the performance from Mulberry Jam is an instructional jam session for the entire community to enjoy.

Visitors will also find many other ways to experience David Crockett at Discovery Park that are at the museum and park all year long. Included is a statue dedicated to the frontiersman, a congressional exhibit in Liberty Hall at Freedom Square, a reproduction of Crockett’s portrait by John Gadsby Chapman, a replica of his first and fondest rifle, the Regional History Gallery telling the story of Northwest Tennessee, a 20,000-gallon aquarium and tanks featuring the wildlife of Reelfoot Lake, a one-of-a-kind Earthquake Simulator, the Native American Gallery, an 1800s Tennessee log cabin community, Mill Ridge featuring a working gristmill and the new forge and more.

Full schedule of events below:

All events will take place in The Settlement.

10:30 a.m. Outdoor Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration

Emalee and Brad Buttrey

11:30 a.m. The History of Fur Trapping

By Micah Seavers owner/founder of Seavers Beavers and WHOA (Walking Humbly Outdoor Adventures)

12:15 p.m. Performance by Mulberry Jam

The Settlement

1:00 p.m. Antique Tractor Show Auction

Settlement Pavillion

1:30 p.m. Community Jam Session led by Mulberry Jam

Learn more about the community jam session here.

This presentation is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

3:00 p.m. Antique Tractor Show Parade

Around the park

3:00 p.m. Woodworking Demonstrations

Discovery Park’s education team

All Day Activities (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Woodworking in the Cabin

The Settlement

Operation of the Forge

Mill Ridge

Birds of Prey with Reelfoot Lake

Regional History Gallery

Demonstrations of traditional skills and crafts including candle and soap making and spinning and weaving

The Settlement

Demonstrations of traditional skills and crafts including candle and soap making and spinning and weaving

The Settlement

Flintkapping demonstrations from the Reelfoot Area Flintknappers

The Settlement

Wildlife on Wheels to provide education on native and non-native wildlife found in Tenneessee

The Settlement