Schedule Of Events

Lecture on United States Colored Troops (USCT) who are buried in Mt. Olive cemetery, January 13, 2018 by retired army colonel Mike Taliento. A tour of the cemetery will follow for those interested.




Christmas in Occupied Clarksville December 9, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 PM. Join the folks at Ft.Defiance as we celebrate Christmas 1860s style. Help decorate the tree, see Santa, enjoy caroling and 19th century style snacks.




October 27, 2017- Halloween At Fort Defiance. Come have a frightfully good time!  Scary tales of Tennessee, bon fire, roast a hot dog and marshmallows and have some apple cider. Bring chairs and blankets to sit on.




Come listen to 19th century music at the fort on Saturday,June 24th from 11 am til 3pm . Marlin Rood and his 4 piece string band will be providing tunes. Everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, chairs and blankets to sit on. Cookies, lemonade and sweet tea will be available for a donation.



Join us at the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center on July 15, 2017 at 1 pm for a look at 19th century mourning practices. Death was ever-present during the Civil War and it was the women who were responsible for carrying out all the preparations and traditions for mourning from making sure the family was dressed correctly to decorating the home. Come learn about the fascinating and complicated practice of mourning in the 1860s


June 3, 2017 – Civil War Soldiers Memorial Service at Riverview Cemetery at 2 p. m.





June 24, 2017      Music at the Fort at Ft. Defiance Park at 11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.





June 17, 2017 Join Friends of Fort Defiance member, Frances Sumner at the fort on Saturday, June 17 at 1 pm to learn about Civil War era flowers gardens and the meanings placed on particular flowers during the Civil War era.




Come to the fort on May 6, 2017 for our annual March To The Past event from 10 am til 4 pm. There will be numerous exhibits on civilian and military life in the 19th century, artillery firing and more!





On March 18 at 1 pm Friends group member Sylvia Britton will be giving a talk and demonstration about Tinctures, Teas, Pills and Salves of the late 19th century.