2024 Events



Corn Husk Dolls – On Saturday. March 30, at the Ft. Defiance Interpretive Center, the Friends Group will host a History Alive class on making Corn Husk Dolls. Children’s toys in the 18th and 19th century were very different from today. While many toys by colonists originated across Europe, corn husk dolls were unique. Originally created by Native Americans, the dolls found their way into the colonies among the settlers and their slaves. Join Fort Defiance Staff and learn more about the history behind the corn husk dolls in America. Create your own to take home or give as a gift. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $5.00 person. Recommended for ages 9+

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Artifact Display – On Saturday, April 6th, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, local artifact collectors will display their collections. Come learn more about those items lurking in your closet or collecting dust on your display shelves. Bring them to the Fort to find out more about your treasures! For educational purposes only, no sales. Free admission. Open to the public.

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Homeschool Heritage Day – On Saturday, April 12th, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, join park staff and volunteers for our first Homeschool Heritage Day on April 12. Learn about the 18th and 19th centuries in Tennessee, tour the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center, watch the movie “Crossroads of Change”, and get a guided tour of the original earthworks and Sevier Station. Volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate many period activities such as laundry, calligraphy, weaponry, and medical care. This event is free, but we do ask that you register in advance. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled.

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Beginner’s Crochet Class – Have you ever wanted to learn how to crochet, but didn’t know where to start? Join us at Fort Defiance Interpretive Center Sunday April 28 from 1pm-3pm to learn from one of our skilled volunteers the basics of crocheting. Learn simple patterns and stitches. Have some afternoon tea before you go. Everything you need for the activity will be provided. Ages 9+ Cost for this class is $5.00 per person. To register for this class, click HERE

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March To The Past – Friends of Fort Defiance will present the annual March To The Past event on Saturday, May 11th from 10 am til 3:30 pm. There will be numerous exhibits on civilian and military life in the 19th century, artillery firing and more! Click on the picture to see more photos. This is a free event.

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Knot Doll Class – Dolls have always been a popular toy throughout history. Depending on what century a person was born their dolls could be made from a variety of different materials. Rag dolls and knot dolls were common during the 17th-19th centuries. Join our staff at Fort Defiance Civil War Park on May 19th from 1pm-3pm to learn how to make these historical dolls and some doll clothes. Design your own to take home or give as a gift. All supplies for the program will be provided. Recommended for those ages 9+ cost is $5.00 per person. To register for this class click HERE

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Civil War Nurse – Join Sarah Jo Jones as she talks about Civil War nursing and shares her display of Civil War nursing instruments. May 5th at the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This is a free event.

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19th Century Balms and Salves Class – Join Sylvia Britton at the Ft Defiance Interpretive Center on June 15th from 9 a.m. til 12 p.m. Participants will learn to identify some common plants that were used in salve making and then will make their own Plantain Salve to take home. Cost is $10.00 per person. To register for this event, click HERE Space is limited.

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Civil War Day Camp – The interpreters at Fort Defiance are excited to offer a day camp for 10-13 year olds. Participants will learn more about the Civil War as our interpreters discuss many topics related to Tennessee History. Each day will cover a different topic/theme and will include a variety of activities from making hardtack, writing with a quill pen, and learning soldiering drills from our reenactors. Cost is $40.00 person person. Click HERE to register for this event.

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19th Century Herbal Remedies – 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center. Participants will learn more about different plants and their medicinal properties. Information will be shared regarding how different plants were used throughout history to aid in physical ailments. Please allow for at least one hour of instruction. Participants will be give supplies to take home. Registration is required. Click HERE to register. Space is limited. Age 12+

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Book Signing – On July 20, author Derrick Lindow will be at the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center to talk about and sign copies of his book, We Shall Conquer Or Die.

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Sevier Days will be held at Fort Defiance on Saturday, September 14th from 10 am until 3:00 pm. There will be 18th century re-enactors, mountain men, and Native American re-enactors demonstrating 18th century skills and ways of life. Learn about the history of Sevier Station and its importance to Clarksville, TN

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Halloween at Fort Defiance – Come to Fort Defiance on October 25th for scary true local tales, bonfire and more! More information coming soon!

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!865 Christmas – Come celebrate Christmas as folks did in the 1860s in Clarksville, TN. On Saturday, December 19th, at 3:00 pm until 4:30 pm Christmas in Occupied Clarksville – Come celebrate Christmas as soldiers did in the 1860s in Clarksville, TN. The event will be held outdoors and will be limited to 50 people. You can buy tickets at Clarksville Parks and Recreation.  There will be period refreshments, parlor games and re-enactors. There will be goodie bags for participants to take home. In the event of rain, the event will be held indoors at the Interpretive Center.