The Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center will open on April 7th with a private ceremony. The park and center will be open to the public on April 9th with activities planned for the entire weekend in celebration of the Grand Opening.
From the office of Mayor Kim McMillan:
“Fort Defiance, which overlooks the confluence of the Red and Cumberland Rivers, was a cornerstone of the Confederate defense of the area and, subsequently an important part of the eventual Union occupation of Clarksville. In 1982, Judge Sam Boaz and his wife, Dee, donated the property to the City of Clarksville. In 2008, the City secured a 2.2 million dollar federal grant that was combined with local funding and the process of construction of the interpretive center and walking trails began.”
The opening of the park coincides with the Civil War’s 150th anniversary. Reenactors will be there demonstrating several different skills such as cannon firing, quilting, cartridge rolling, herbal medicine and more.
Activities on Saturday start at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Activities on Sunday begin at 1 p.m. and end at 4 p.m.
View From Ft. Defiance Interpretive Center